Vinamilk ships first batch of condensed milk to China amid Covid-19

Saturday, 2020-04-18 10:18:39
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A wide variety of Vinamilk’s products are currently on sale at large supermarkets in China.
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NDO - Vietnamese dairy giant Vinamilk has completed the production of the first batch of the Ong Tho-branded condensed milk for export to China less than two months after being given the green light to export to the world’s second largest economy.

Along with a US$20 million milk export contract with a partner at Gulfood Dubai earlier this year, Vinamilk’s shipment to China is a positive signal for the company and

Vietnam’s dairy industry in general amid numerous the difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which slowed the country’s exports in the first quarter.

Vinamilk made its debut in China in October last year and has been cooperating closely with its Chinese counterparts to export a wide variety of products from milk to other drinks.

A company official stated China’s condensed milk imports nearly doubled from 2016 to 2019, it being one of Vinamilk’s key products which has been exported since the late 1990s.

As such this is an opportunity for Vinamilk to bolster its exports to China and help make Vietnam one of the five largest exporters of condensed milk to the world’s second largest economy.

Vinamilk’s condensed milk is currently available in more than 30 countries, including the US, Canada, Japan and the Republic of Korea, with total exports at 208,000 tonnes.

According to Vo Trung Hieu, head of international sales at Vinamilk, the company is planning to double its exports to China during the 2020-2021 period.

The first container of condensed milk shipped to China was produced at the Ho Chi Minh City-based Thong Nhat Milk Factory which has extensive experience of producing condensed milk for the United States and Japan.

The company representative added that Vinamilk is wholly able to fulfil large orders from the most demanding markets, thanks to its large production capacity, modern technologies and application of international quality management standards.

Vinamilk is the largest milk producer in Vietnam by market share and its export revenues in 2019 grew by 15% compared with 2018, with its products present in 53 countries and territories around the world.

Vinamilk is preparing for the first batch of condensed milk to be shipped to China.

The condensed milk production line at the Thong Nhat Factory

Milk quality control at the Thong Nhat Factory

A close-up of cans of Ong Tho-branded condensed milk destined for the Chinese market