SAI GON, Vietnam (NV) – The COVID-19 epidemic has “complicated developments”, rising costs and “preventing the river from banning the market” have made many mooncake-making businesses hesitant to miss the opportunity to “make one season of food a year.”

Less than a month to the Mid-Autumn Festival 2021, but many businesses specializing in the production and sale of moon cakes are still quite quiet.

The COVID-19 epidemic has severely affected the mooncake shops in Saigon. (Image: Nguyen Nga/Thanh Nien)

Speaking to VNExpress on August 23, Mr. Kao Sieu Luc, owner of ABC Bakery system, said that this year the company did not produce mooncakes due to “complicated epidemics”, some employees were isolated. Stores are closed. On the other hand, at present, Vietnam’s economy is very difficult, consumption demand is limited. Workers are struggling to take care of each meal, so selling mooncakes is quite “luxurious.”

Similarly, Kido Group – one of the businesses that produces thousands of tons of moon cakes every year – said it wanted to produce but the epidemic “is evolving unpredictably.” Therefore, the company decided to “put consumers’ health first” so it will not produce cakes this year.

“Along with the raging epidemic, the investment costs for the production of moon cakes this year will increase very high, so if the production is not only businesses but also consumers will suffer,” said a representative of Kido Corporation. identify.

Ms. Hoa, the owner of a handmade moon cake factory in District 3, said that in previous years, the factory sold 3,000 to 5,000 pieces in the market, but this year it stopped completely.

Specializing in making new cakes, Ms. Hanh, the owner of a small cake factory in Thu Duc city, added that handmade mooncakes are very hard. Meanwhile, the “complicated disease” was highly contagious, so she also gave up her intention to sell, even though many patrons ordered several hundred pieces.

Some other brands such as: Mondelez Kinh Do Vietnam, Givral, Nhu Lan, Ai Hue, Khanh Hoa Salanganes’Nest, Dai Phat … said they did not stop completely, but the plan to produce mooncakes is quite moderate and depends on market movements.

Previously, a number of supermarkets in the city informed their suppliers of mooncakes that they “do not organize the sale of mooncakes like every year,” so many companies specializing in the production of cakes supply them at supermarkets. also stopped production plans, or reduced capacity because mainly online sales “moderately.”

A representative of Mondelez Kinh Do Vietnam said that this year did not set too many expectations due to the “complicated developments” of the COVID-19 epidemic, and will expand its distribution channel to online.

This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival will lack many cake stalls of big brands. (Picture: Le Vinh/Labourer)

Mr. Nguyen Tai Tri (in District 1), specializing in distributing moon cakes, said that every year up to this point, orders for cakes from companies for gifts are not delivered in time. Some companies order up to 500 boxes, and the range from 100 to 200 boxes a day is normal, with the average price of each box from 1 million VND ($43) or more. However, his company is still delivering cakes to other places, but the output is reduced by 90%.

“There are also units asking to buy, but the quantity is very modest, we also quote the lowest price possible, hoping to get the order,” Mr. Tri told Thanh Nien newspaper. (Tr.N) [qd]

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