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Asian countries buying more Swedish food

Published fredag 5 maj kl 10.09
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Inside a grocery store.
Sweden exports a range of food products including cider and bakery goods. Credit: JANERIK HENRIKSSON / TT

Over the last decade, Sweden has more than doubled its food exports from SEK 41 billion in 2007 to SEK 83 billion last year. One region that has an ever-increasing demand for Swedish food products is Asia.

Later this month, Business Sweden, a trade and investment council that is partially funded by the government and partially funded by the industry, will travel to Hong Kong with Minister for Rural Affairs Sven-Erik Bucht to promote Swedish food exports to the Asian market.

Maria Varnauskas, the food industry head at Business Sweden, said that the desire in Asia for Swedish goods only continues to grow.

“It is a big potential,” she told Radio Sweden. “I think that is because we have those products that are demanded… Above all, it is secure products and they are produced in a sustainable way.”

Minister Bucht said that the health and safety standards are what make Swedish products so desirable around the globe.

“We have very good food safety and many other countries see that. We have the best food safety in the world,” he said.

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