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Japanese seafood and Wagyu beef the most sought after delicacies at record-breaking Hong Kong food fair

| Biz Events, China, Food & Drink Events | 08/18/2017


Early birds rushing into the expo at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday. Photo: Tracy Zhang

Japanese seafood and Wagyu beef the most sought after delicacies at record-breaking Hong Kong food fair

Date: Aug 17, 2017
Source: South China Morning Post By Tracy Zhang

Popularity clear as 331 companies from island nation among 1,500 exhibitors

Imported seafood and Wagyu beef are the most sought-after delicacies by Hongkongers amid the city’s growing appetite for Japanese food, the island nation’s importers at this year’s food expo said.

Hong Kong has been the top market for Japanese food for 12 years, taking 26 per cent of the country’s food exports last year. The figure marks a 3.3 per cent uptick from the year before.


Early birds rushing into the expo at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday. Photo: Tracy Zhang

Japan’s minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Ken Saito, on Thursday attributed the food’s popularity among local residents to a record number of Hongkongers travelling to Japan last year. The Japan National Tourism Organisation tallied about 1.84 million from the city visited, or 21 per cent more than in 2015.

Saito believed Hong Kong had more Japanese restaurants than any city outside the country, and was a hub for re-exporting its food.

“The demand for Japanese food in the Hong Kong market is becoming more diversified, and we’re paying more attention to this,” he said.

Last year, the amount of exported Japanese seafood to the city was valued at HK$5.7 billion – more than twice the value exported to the US, which ranks second, the ministry said. And the amount of exported Wagyu beef to Hong Kong last year increased by 25 per cent compared with 2015, it added.

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