1st Gourmet Taiwan Int’l Conference kicks off


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Food business operators from Taiwan and the United States exchanged ideas on how to break into each other’s market on the opening day of the Gourmet Taiwan International Conference in Taipei yesterday. The opening ceremony was attended by more than 200 participants, including a group of 30 people from the U.S. engaged in the food and hotel sectors, according to the ROC-USA Business Council, the main organizer of the four-day conference.

Chen Fei-lung, executive supervisor of the business council, said he hoped that with the support of the government, Taiwan’s foods and food businesses would be able to go international.

Working with overseas compatriots and exploring global markets will be a positive force for Taiwan’s food industry because more jobs and business opportunities will be created, he said.

The conference will include a series of keynote speeches, and Taiwan’s food business operators will have the opportunity to hold discussions with their counterparts from the U.S.

Among the other topics of discussion will be visas for chefs specializing in Chinese food.

Helen Hwang, commercial chief of the American Institute in Taiwan, said the U.S. has many restaurants serving Chinese food, but only a few mainstream restaurants have achieved success.