"TH1087" "SAWASDEE THAILAND" provides the latest information on Thai agricultural situation, market access for U.S. products, and upcoming events.
THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY
USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT
GAIN Report Number: TH1087
Bangkok Newsletter - July 2011
Market Development Reports
FAS Bangkok Staff
"TH1087" "SAWASDEE THAILAND" provides the latest information on Thai agricultural situation,
market access for U.S. products, and upcoming events.
Compulsory Biodiesel B3 Production
On June 20, 2011, the Ministry announced it will replace its compulsory production of B3 (petrodiesel
with 3 percent content of biodiesel) with B4, but only for 3 months from July-September 2011 as the
peak oil palm harvest season comes into play. These changes in policy are being done to avoid
repeating the shortage mishaps that occurred in early 2011. In addition, the Ministry of Energy has
stated that they are closely monitoring the palm oil supply situation in the next few months to decide
whether the introduction of compulsory B5 production is possible, which by plan should have been in
place since January 1, 2011.
MARKET ACCESS UPDATE
IKEA Store in Thailand
IKANO (Singapore based IKEA owned subsidiary) together with Siam Future Development (land
developer) and S.P.S. Global Trade Co. (contracting furniture manufacture for IKEA) signed a contract
to invest 10,000 million baht ($333 million) in the "Mega Bangna" Project. This project will feature the
first IKEA lifestyle home furnishing center in Thailand and will open in November of 2011. Mr. Kerati
Sermpraphasilp, President of S.P.S. Global Trade Company, has stated that his company has a contract
to supply IKEA stores worldwide on 20 household furniture products. He's interested in companies that
can offer particle board at competitive prices, he is currently purchasing from Vanachai Group. For
additional information please contact us at AgBangkok@fas.usda.gov or go to www.spsthai.com and
Regional APEC Lab Capacity Building
USDA/FAS will host a Regional APEC Lab Capacity Building Project under the auspices of the APEC
PTIN (Partnership Training Initiative Network) in Bangkok from August 25-26, 2011. The goal of this
project is to narrow the identified priority topics related to food safety laboratory capacity in the APEC
region and create an action plan to address those topics over the next several years.
APEC Regional Food Defense Worship
Building on the APEC Food Defense Pilot Project which was organized in Peru in 2008 and Thailand in
2009 and 2010, FAS/OSTA will be holding the last such event of thus pilot project in Thailand on
September 19-20, 2011. This final event will highlight the efforts and technical expertise acquired by
four pilot economies targeted which include Peru, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam as a model to
be implemented in the rest of the APEC community.
U.S.-ASEAN Food Safety for Aquaculture Products Workshop in Thailand
The Government of Thailand on behalf of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) food
safety regulatory authorities will host "U.S.-ASEAN Food Safety for Aquaculture Products" during July
11-14, 2011 at the Holiday Inn Hotel Bangkok, Thailand. The goal is to increase the participants'
understanding of U.S. FDA regulations and requirements for ensuring the safety of domestic and
imported aquaculture products in the United States. Representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Marine Fisheries Service
will be participating in this event.
Successful-First Ever Food Coloring and Flavoring Conference in Thailand
On July 1, the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA), FAS Washington and FAS
Bangkok hosted the EMP funded "Food Colors and Flavors: A Global Perspective on Safety Evaluation
and Use Conference" in Thailand. The purpose was to give regional participants the necessary
information on the FEMA safety evaluation of chemicals or substances, and the international process for
flavor safety evaluation carried out by Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). The
conference was very successful with over 125 food industry and government officials in attendance.
More information on Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association is available at www.femaflavor.org.
Taste of USA - All American Favorites!
From June 29 - July 26, Central Food Retail Company Limited is holding its annual "Tastes of USA, All
American Favorites!" food promotion at all Central Food Hall and Tops Market Place outlets across
Thailand. The promotion will feature a wide assortment of American candies, snacks, cooking
ingredients, beef, seafood, and fresh fruits. Central Food Retail Company Limited is the largest
supermarket chain in Thailand operating since 1996 with 190 branches nationwide. More information is
available at www.centralfoodhall.com and www.tops.co.th.
Mark Your Calendar for Food and Hotel Thailand
Food and Hotel Thailand will be held during September 13-16, 2011 at Royal Paragon Hall Exhibition
and Convention Center. This must-go trade show will be suitable to all chefs, food and beverage
professionals, hotels groups and caterers, and bakeries that want to learn about the latest trends in the
food and hospitality industry. Last year the show hosted 758 exhibiting companies from 36 countries
and attracted 26,037 trade visitors from 62 countries, an increase of almost 2,000 buyers from 2009.
This year the U.S. Potato Board, U.S. Meat Export Federation, and U.S. Poultry and Egg Export
Council together with U.S. exporters will showcase a variety of new and existing U.S. products. More
information is available at www.foodhotelthailand.com.
Food Ingredients Asia 2011 - Biggest Food Ingredients Show in Southeast Asia
Food Ingredients Asia will be held once again in Bangkok during September 21-23, 2011 - the leading
international trade event for food ingredients. In 2009, the show attracted 130 exhibitors from 20
countries and 6,225 visitors from 45 countries. This year the following organizations have considered
participating in the USA Pavilion: Western United States Trade Association (WUSATA) (Aloha
Medicinals, Commercial Creamery, LaBelle, Pacific Valley Foods, and SunOpta), U.S. Dry Pea and
Lentil Council, and U.S. Dairy Export Council. The FI Asia Show is a USDA-endorsed show. Any
U.S. company interested in participating should contact Sharon Cook at email@example.com.
Additional information about this show can be found at http://fiasia-thailand.ingredientsnetwork.com/.
USGC Seminar on DDGS
The U.S. Grain Council will conduct an educational seminar on "Optimizing DDGS Use in Poultry
Nutrition" on July 21, 2011 from 8:30 - 5:00 at Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok. The seminar will
highlight the latest information on the use of DDGS on poultry feed and feed technology by Dr. Park
Waldroup. Dr. Park Waldroup is a professor from the University of Arkansas and a leading poultry
nutritionist. The seminar will also have regional speakers that will be able to showcase their latest work
on DDGS poultry rations.