Chinese mini mooncakes flock to Vietnam


Each kilogram of Chinese 25-piece flexible mooncakes costs 99,000 VND, which is only nearly 4,000 VND each, which is imported to Vietnam by clues.

At the beginning of the 7th lunar month, the moon cake market begins to bustle. This year, the market appeared mini flexible mooncakes (last year only baked goods) with quite cheap prices, about 4,000 VND each.

Just imported a quintal of mini flexible mooncakes, Ms. Lan in District 12 said that they are selling for 99,000 VND per kilogram (25 pieces). “This type has a variety of designs, many flavors, and has the cheapest price in the market, about 4,000 VND, so it sells very well,” she said.

Even, according to Ms. Oanh (Go Vap district), if you buy wholesale, the price of this type of cake is only about 50,000 VND per kilogram, which means each cake costs 2,000 VND.

Mini plastic cakes are imported to Vietnam by clues. Image: NVCC.

Having experience in selling mini-baked mooncakes for more than 5 years, this time Ms. Hoa in Tu Liem (Hanoi) also imported flexible mini cakes for sale. “The first time, I tried to import 50 kg but sold out in a week. The second time, I decided to double the output,” she said.

According to wholesalers, all the above-mentioned types of flexible mini cakes are goods from China. Their shelf life is up to 4 months. This makes professional bakers concerned about quality.

There is no expiration date on the packaging of each cake.  Photo: NVCC.

There is no expiration date on the packaging of each cake. Image: NVCC.

According to Ms. Thuy, the owner of a 30-year cake shop on 3/2 Street (District 10), mooncakes usually have a shelf life of 30-45 days, with flexible cakes, with a lower shelf life. “If the Chinese mini plastic cake has a shelf life of up to 4 months, it may contain many preservatives,” she said.

Regarding the cheap price of cakes, mooncake manufacturers in Ho Chi Minh City think that the quality needs to be reviewed. Because the price of input materials increased sharply this year, the composition of each cake has increased by 4,000-10,000 VND. Currently on the market, the retail price of each mini mooncake in the country is the lowest at 15,000-20,000 VND, while the 200 gram weight ranges from 50,000-750,000 VND (depending on the type).

According to the market manager of Ho Chi Minh City, cheap, unoriginal, clear-origin mooncakes are sold widely on groups and online markets that are often difficult to control. In particular, smuggled products often cannot be tested for the content of additives, so consumers need to consider carefully, only buying products with clear information to avoid losing money unjustly.

Hong Chau

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