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Jakarta Post

Indonesia seeks to boost food, beverage exports

  • Rachmadea Aisyah

    The Jakarta Post

Tangerang, Banten   /   Sat, February 23 2019   /  02:20 am

Indonesia is seeking to boost overseas sales of processed food and beverages as the products, despite being the fastest-growing in the manufacturing sector, still contribute little to the country’s total exports.According to the Indonesian Food and Beverage Producers Association (GAPMMI), only 5 percent of all food and beverages produced in the country were exported in 2018, half of the initial target of 10 percent.Food and beverage exports hit US$29.9 billion in 2018, down 9.5 percent from $31.8 billion seen in 2017, data from Industry Ministry show.The main reason behind the sector’s small contribution to exports was because producers had to meet a lot of requirements and standards in the destination countries, said GAPMMI chairman Adhi S. Lukman during a recent event held by publicly listed food manufacturer Mayora in Tangerang, Banten.In addition to complex requirements, Adhi sai...