Minister Ritz Promotes Canadian Beef and Creates Agricultural Trade in Vietnam

March 18, 2015 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has concluded his agricultural trade mission to Vietnam, where he promoted world-class, safe Canadian beef and created business opportunities for industry representatives in the delegation.

Minister Ritz introduced the Canada Beef Inc. Brand series to Asia, where he showcased Canadian beef exports to Vietnam with industry at a cooking demonstration.

A meeting with local importers also took place to encourage business opportunities for the Canadian bovine genetics industry.

In Hanoi, Minister Ritz met with the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Vu Van Tam. They discussed the need for science-based approaches to trade and market access for Canadian agri-food products.

Minister Ritz is continuing his mission in Seoul, South Korea, and will be in Japan at the end of the week to further strengthen Canada’s agricultural trade partnership.

Quick facts

  • This is Minister Ritz’s second mission to Vietnam.
  • Canadian agri-food and seafood exports to Vietnam totaled $238.6 million in 2014, marking an increase of 149.8 per cent since 2006.
  • Canadian exports of soybeans totaled $44.6 million in 2014. It is the largest agri-food export to Vietnam.


“Both our government and Canadian industry see huge potential to grow our agricultural trade relationship with Vietnam. Creating more trade opportunities with Vietnam will improve our hard-working producers’ and processors’ bottom lines and support economic growth across Canada.”

– Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz


Jeff English
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
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