FIMEX VN: Not only seafood

Saoto Foods Joint Stock Company (FIMEX VN) has built a solid reputation over the past 15 years as a prestigious shrimp producer and exporter in Vietnam. 

Gaining a strong foothold in many markets, the company is now targeting a new segment with much wider range of products, i.e. agricultural and mixed products.
Hight value shrimp drive growth
Fimex VN was one of the first companies in Viet Nam to process and export refined shrimp products to Japan and other classy markets. Read more of this post

SHATICO miss Vietfish 2011

Organized by Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), Vietfish Exhibition 2011 give priority to medium and small seafood companies from the North and Central of Vietnam as South Ha Tinh Seaproduct Import and Export Joint Stock Company (SHATICO). They can take part in the show without fee. Read more of this post

Vietnam: Draft of National Seafood Processing Development Plan towards 2020 released!!

Though spontaneous, the development of seafood processing industry has made great contributions to promote agriculture and fisheries development, thereby making positive changes to rural areas, creating more jobs and higher incomes for the locals.

The industry, however, will play more important role when its development is schemed.
The 2009 statistics showed that seafood industry accounted for 4% of the nation’s GDP and 19.8% of the agricultural sector’s GDP. Seafood was the third largest export item of Viet Nam, after crude oil and garment & textile, accounting for 11% of the country’s export turn- over, providing jobs to over 1 million people or 4% of the country’s total labour force. There were as much as 568 industrial scale seafood processing plants all over Viet Nam. Read more of this post

EU grants market access to new seafood exporters

The European Commission has granted another 53 Vietnamese seafood exporters access to the EU market.

There are now 379 Vietnamese firms exporting seafood to the EU, said the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department. Read more of this post

Minh Phu largest processing unit to be open in April

Minh Phu Seafood Company has announced that the VN$1 trillion (US$46.5 milllion) Minh Phu-Hau Giang plant will go into operation in April.

The plant is expected to process 40,000 tonnes of processed shrimp per year. Read more of this post

Can Tho: New tendency for Pangasius farming in Tan Loc commune

Pangasius is now sold at VND 24,500 per kilo, the record high in Tan Loc Commune, Can Tho Province, Mekong Delta.

Tan Loc used to be the largest Pangasius farming area in Can Tho. At the peak in 2008, there were 150 Pangasius farming households with total area of 400 ha. However, the decreasing Pangasius price in 4 consecutive years had forced many farmers out of business. Read more of this post

Seafood processors waste energy, says study

Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta seafood processors, which are leading export industries, use energy inefficiently, according to a new survey.

The survey was conducted in 11 shrimp and 10 tra fish processing factories in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta by International Finance Corporation (IFC), in co-operation with the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

“Our survey revealed that energy policies and human resource training are the two weakest points of these enterprises. All the plants worry about the initial investment but the way they manage energy is below average,” said Le Hoang Viet, director of the Energy Conservation Research and Development Centre, that carried out the survey.

The survey organisers said Viet Nam’s GDP/energy demand growth proportion was double in comparison with developed countries making energy saving a must to be competitive internationally.

The 21 plants surveyed in Can Tho City and An Giang, Dong Thap, Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang and Hau Giang provinces, processed 41,000 tonnes of shrimp and 155,000 tonnes of tra fish in 2009. They spent VND212 billion (US$11 million) on energy.

Viet pointed out that all the factories had already set up other management systems, such as International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HCCP), making a good foundation for the seafood processors to set up Energy Management Systems (EMS).

“Plants should apply the principles of reduction, recycling and renewing into managing energy,” he said.

Viet advised managers to calculate the factories’ energy demands precisely, turn off machines that aren’t being used and reduce the use of refrigeration, steam and ice.

“Managers should regularly maintain storage at 18 minus degrees centigrade,” Viet added.

He said recycling all steam ice, and cold air from refrigeration would help enterprises save a lot of money.

“Biogass should be made from waste treatment and used for generating electricity,” Viet said.

He said old machines were power wasters and investing more in power efficient machinery would save up to 50 per cent of energy costs in the long term.


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