Thai companies eye food business opportunities in Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Thai companies PTT (Lao) Co., Ltd. and Zixgar Group Ltd. are looking at food business opportunities in Laos with a focus on travellers and office workers as their main customers.

This sector is particularly appealing after the explosion in the number of coffee cafés, according to a government official.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the two companies in Vientiane on Monday, with a plan to focus on light meals that will be served as a new option at branches of Amazon Café.

“About 50 percent of our Café customers are travellers so the new food menu from Zixgar Vientiane will be an additional option for those customers as well as for general buyers,” said the Managing Director of PTT (Lao) Co., Ltd., Mr Suthon Choothian.

“The food we plan to offer will include light dishes such as salads, spaghetti, burgers and others from Zixgar Vientiane which will come with a beverage,” he added.

The new menu will be available in September this year in the Amazon Café at Vat Chanh. The companies expect to increase the number of branches across the country to 15 by 2023.

“This cooperation project is intended to benefit our business as well as local people. We will use local ingredients such as vegetables and other items. This project will create jobs for local people as well,” said the owner of Zixgar Vientiane, Mr Sahachat Kangsasitiam.

PTT (Lao) Co., Ltd. is the only company to receive the master fanzine Amazon Café in Laos since 2012, while Zixgar Vientiane is the only foreign fanzine branch of the Zixgar Group Ltd., which is located in Thailand.

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