Food Processing and Packaging Equipment

An Expert's View about Food, Beverage and Tobacco Processing Machinery in Thailand

Last updated: 19 Mar 2011

Thailand is one of the world’s leading agricultural suppliers, which is driven by a well developed food processing sector.

Sector briefing Thailand Opportunities in Food Processing and Packaging Equipment Sector Why Thailand? Thailand is one of the world?s leading agricultural suppliers, which is driven by a well developed food processing sector. The agricultural sector accounts for 10 percent of the country?s GDP and employs around 50 percent of the labour force. Major food exports include rice, seafood products, sugar, meat, vegetables and fruits. Thailand is the world?s largest supplier of frozen shrimp and is a major exporter of chicken while it is also a major importer of agricultural products, including a wide range of food and beverage products and food ingredients. Thailand?s main food and beverage imports are dairy products and soybeans. Soybean consumption is forecast to processing industry continues to improve its increase from 1.85 MMT in 2009 to 2.00 MMT productivity and capitalise more fully on its this year. abundant source of high local raw materials. Due to economic downturn and political ? Thailand is the 7th largest instability, Thai food producers have slowed their investment in manufacturing facilities and food producer in the world. purchases of new machinery. This result in a 10 percent decrease in the imports of food Food processing and packing processing and packaging equipment and 20 machinery industry imports percent decrease in the local production. However, the country food?s exports are ? approximately £1.3 billion year expected to remain strong as the food UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Food Processing and Packaging opportunities in Thailand Opportunities British companies have much experience, and thus will be able to provide know-how in With more than 10,000 food processing matters such as waste and wastewater companies in Thailand, a healthy demand for treatment, air pollution etc. processing and packaging equipment exists. The largest product segments in the industry This industry relies heavily on machinery are mainly in the area of equipment for liquid imports. products (including soft drinks, beer, fruit In 2009, the food processing and packaging juices) However, as lifestyle in Thailand industry imported £ 1.267 millions, of which changes rapidly towards the need for more filling, closing, sealing and labeling bottles convenience and ease in food preparation, ranked the top three imported machinery. The there is a particular growth potential in the processed food industry is foreseen following areas: canning, convenience and fast outstanding growth in 2010. CP Food Products, food, retail level bakeries, snack foods and one of the largest food processing companies confectionery dairy products. in Thailand, has revealed that the firm is targeting 5 billion baht revenue in 2010. If you have any questions on the opportunities Thai processors have demonstrated a above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this willingness to upgrade and maintain the report. Business opportunities aimed country?s competitiveness in food processing specifically at UK companies are added daily to and packaging sector. Most of the major food UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our processors in Thailand use imported machines staff overseas in British Embassies, High and accessories or turnkey facilities from Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors abroad in their production lines. Food and in over 100 markets. processing and packaging equipment imported to Thailand are mostly utilised for the You can be alerted to business opportunities on processing of meat and poultry products, dairy a regular basis by registering on the UKTI products, fishery products and fruit and website. Find out more on UKTI?s business vegetables. In general, foreign suppliers serve opportunities service on the UKTI website the larger export-oriented food processors, while local manufacturers serve the smaller domestic-oriented food manufacturers. Major suppliers of food processing and packaging equipment were Japan(23%), China(13.6%), Germany(11.5%), South Korea(10.3%) and UK(5%). Thailand is the processing and distribution centre for the Southeast Asian market due to the abundant supply and competitive prices of major agriculture products. Thailand is also the only one net food exporter in Asia and naturally wants to remain in this lucrative postition. If Thailand is going to live up to the very tight quality standards set particularly by the large export markets such as USA, the EU and Japan, high quality machinery and packaging equipments are required. Thailand increasing depends on high-quality machinery to meet food safety standards required by major importing markets like EU, Japan and UK. The market is worth £1.35 billion annually. Furthermore, know-how will be needed in the development of production plants. There is also a trend towards environmental packaging materials and machineries, an area where UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Food Processing and Packaging opportunities in Thailand Find full details of all events in Thailand and Major events and activities the Food & Drink sector in the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site 1) Propak Asia ? International Food and you can register to be alerted to them on a Processing and Packaging Technology. daily, weekly or monthly basis Will be held during 15-18 June 2011 at Bangkok International Trade & - UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) Exhibition Centre (BITEC) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend ? PharmaTech Asia trade shows overseas. Find out more about ? DrinkTech Asia UKTI support or attendance at overseas events ? PlasTech Asia ? CanTech Asia ? SeafoodTech Asia ? Lab & Test Asia UKTI contacts Web: www.propakasia.com Mr Gregory Anguise 2) Biothailand ? Biotechnology Project Leader(China, Thailand) International Conference. Sustainable International Agriculture & Technology Centre Agriculture for safety Food and Biofuel. Tel: (44) 0 246 323969 Will be held in 15 September at Email: bens@iatc.org.uk Bangkok International Trade & www.theiatc.org Exhibition Centre (BITEC) Mrs Chamapan Rangaratna 3) Thaifex ?World of Food Asia covering Trade & Investment Manager ? Food & Beverage British Embassy Bangkok ? Food catering & hospitality Services Tel: (662) 305 8274 ? Food Technology Email: Chamapan.Rangaratna@fco.gov.uk ? Retail & Franchise www.ukti.gov.uk Web: www.worldoffoodasia.com Mrs Cherry Vinichbutr 4) VIV Asia ? The world?s most promising Assistant Trade & Investment Manager meeting point to boost your future British Embassy Bangkok business from Feed to Meat Tel: (662) 305 8285 9-11 March 2011 at Email: Cherry.Vinichbutr@fco.gov.uk Bangkok International Trade & www.ukti.gov.uk Exhibition Centre (BITEC) Web: www.vivasia.nl/en/Bezoeker.aspx 5) Food & Hotel Thailand - Networking event for Hospitality and Foodservices Technology professionals at Exhibition & Convention Centre, 5/F Siam Paragon, Bangkok Thailand Web: www.foodhotelthailand.com 6) Health Food and Ingredient Thailand- Asian?s one stop for Health Food and Food ingredient 12-13 March 2011 Impact Bangkok Web: www.thaifoodconference.com UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Food Processing and Packaging opportunities in Thailand Next steps - How UKTI can help British companies wishing to develop their business in the Thai market are advised to undertake as much market research and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Thailand, with its wide local knowledge and experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in global markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information ? Validated lists of agents/distributors ? Key market players or potential customers in the Chinese market ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you ? Arranging appointments ? Organise seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the Chinese market This work is available via our Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable service which assists British-based companies wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. To find out more about commissioning this work, or accessing other UKTI services and specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website to find contact details for your local UKTI office. 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Posted: 19 March 2011, last updated 19 March 2011