Soft Drink Market - Are there Still Opportunities? The Vietnamese soft drink market is witnessing severe competition among beverage companies in the country. More and more enterprises have poured money into this market and more varieties of products have been turned out to satisfy diversified consumer demand. The food and drink market has become especially active with the end of the year in sight, and a seminar on the drink market has just opened. At the meeting, the representative of the Taylor Nelson Sofrees Co. (TNS) presented lots of interesting information about consumption market trends, consumers’ thoughts and tastes and social needs for the time being. A recent survey on the Vietnamese drink market showed that 70 per cent of Vietnamese people worried about their health, 95 per cent were very concerned about food safety and hygiene issues and 93 per cent tried to eat and drink in the ways that they think are good for their health. As a result, in order to remain … [Read more...] about Soft Drink Market – Are there Still Opportunities?
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Duong Le Tinh and her group of American friends were thrilled to arrive at Phu Cuong Waterfall in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) Province of Gia Lai. "We chose the destination because we wanted to discover a beautiful virgin land by a less-travelled path, and decided to tour DunVillage on the backs of elephants," said Tinh. Tinh said her group had to properly greet the elephants before climbing up to sit on armchairs tied carefully on their backs. "At first we were scare of falling, but soon we began to feel more comfortable. It was fun, particularly when the elephant carried us up a slope or knelt down to drink water at a stream," said Tinh. After a ride through the wilderness of Chu Se District, the elephants made their way through the nearby Don and Jun villages in the neighbouring province of Dac Lac, where located many houses on stilts of the Ba Na and Gia Rai ethnic groups. Tinh's friend Paul Buckle said he enjoyed the ride because the elephants led them past green terraces, … [Read more...] about Elephants amble through rare hill landscape to Phu Cuong waterfall
About a month ago, the charity shop called Smile, which sells VND2,000 meals on Ho Xuan Huong Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City welcomed a special volunteer from the US, who regularly works from Monday to Saturday to help serve poor Vietnamese. >> "Rice of help" for those in need SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO Besides doing kitchen tasks, John Kelly's main responsibility is to supply rice for those who want to eat more. At about 11am, he constantly moves between the crowded aisles to add more rice into guests' bowls. "I know rice is very important to them. I don't want to see their bowl getting empty," Kelly said. Before retiring, Kelly was the postmaster of Paolo Alto city outside of San Francisco. Now that he is no longer working, he uses his free time to help poor people in Vietnam, a country that Kelly loves. Though he is 60 years old, he does all kinds of tasks, from cutting meat and vegetables to turning the rice up, without complaining of being tired. "Kelly is … [Read more...] about American smile in Vietnamese charity shop
A special delivery of peanut butter, pyjamas and parmesan cheese was blasted into the cosmos on Wednesday to bring some Earthly indulgences to the astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS). Perhaps the most anticipated among the record 1,400 items launched on the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) are the care packages put together for each of the astronauts with favourites they had requested and little surprises from home. "It's quite small, but you can actually fit quite a lot in there," ATV cargo engineer Kerstin MacDonnell of the agency's ESTEC research centre told AFP of the bread bin-sized container each crew member would receive. "Some birthday cards or drawings from their children, or if one of them has a craving for chewing gum or beef jerky or whatever kind of thing they like," she said. "For the most part it's just confort things that would help the morale -- personal items and mementos from the family." MacDonnell oversaw the loading of the ATV … [Read more...] about Peanut butter, pyjamas, parmesan launched into space
A true Vietnamese meal is incomplete without rice, to put it mildly. In their daily meals, the Vietnamese nearly always keep a bowl of steamed rice close by the table as they dine on, say, some canh (vegetable soup) and món ăn mặn with pork, fish, tofu... But on special occasions or simply for a change or when the weather is hot, they like to do more with their rice than just steam the simple grain. Noodles in the form of the vermicelli-like bún, the northern favorite phở, or perhaps some hủ tiếu or mì make a welcome change from plain rice. Bún also makes for a good light breakfast, lunch or dinner. When one wakes up from a pleasant dream and the taste of dinner is still lingering, the thought of plain rice (again!) for Sunday breakfast can induce yawns of boredom. That's where bún, phở, hủ tiếu and such come into their own. Like phở and hủ tiếu, a bún meal is packed full of protein, vegetables and herbs to kick-start the day. Usually it's served hot, though there are … [Read more...] about Rice with a difference