Thailand Improves Quality and Safety In The Food Industry

Since the flood crisis last year, Thailand has been hard-hit economically, socially and even politically. Despite the misfortunes, it has vivaciously struggled and drudged along in the global market by continuously trying to promote and expand its exports.

But with the expected export growth dropped down to 4.5%, from the previous projection of 12.8% earlier this year, it begs the question “why import from Thailand” or more specifically “what products can we import from Thailand”.

Seafood

With its mangrove and tropical area with a fertile ecosystem, seafood such as shrimps, crabs and lobsters come in abundant quantity that are fresh and of high quality. Thailand is known to be the world’s second largest producer of shrimp, just behind China.

Halal Foods

Thailand is emerging as a more prominent halal food exporter, having earned sixth place in the global market share and ranking 15th in the world and 1st in Asia. Thanks to an abundant supply of fresh food in the country, halal food is increasingly becoming popular both domestically and for international exports.

Last year, Thailand exported halal food to over 57 countries with a 43.35% increase year-on-year.

The Deputy Commerce Minister Poom Sarapol was optimistic when stating that Thailand will become a leader in halal food exports in the future.

Thai Halal Food Industry has definitely made an impact on Thailand’s manufacturing capabilities and export offerings.

Frozen Food and Ready to Eat Meals

Recently there is a significant growth in the frozen food and ready-to-eat meal production in Thailand. Manufacturers have majorly improved quality standards and flavors while product offerings have branched out even further.

Check out the article on ready-to-eat meals for vegetarians.

International markets can now enjoy a wide variety of frozen or ready-to-eat meal selections such as:

– Tom Yum Kung (Shrimp)
– Frozen Green Curry
– Stir-fried meat with basil leaves and rice
– A range of spaghetti flavors
– Fried rice with selection of meat

And much, much more

Overall, there has been a vast growth in the customer confidence in Thai foods regarding production process and quality. The country follows strong quality standards on food products such as GMP, HACCP, and Animal Welfare. Also forward and backward traceability or transparency all along the processing line from farm to table is fixed to make consumers confident in its safe and quality foods.

Sure, price is important but should that be the pre-dominant factor when selecting a product, manufacturer or exporter?

With Thailand’s continuous efforts to improve on health and quality standards in the food industry, importers should certainly seek to import from there.