One of the food imported from USA and the Vietnam fever today is lobster. Fresh and frozen lobster is flooded with portable sale sites and stores that sell imported food to about 340,000 VND / animal (500gr), 1-4kg / 1 million VND / kg.
An owner of an imported seafood store said that this price is relatively reasonable, it is imported from the US and many consumers have a reassuring, "try it" psychology. Many people after trying, have become fairly regular customers. In addition to the ordered restaurants, retail customers who purchase products for self-correction are also quite large.
Although worth millions of silver in Vietnam, but about 5 years ago, the lobster in the US was only for low-income people, even sold in full, but no one chose.
In the years prior to 2010, sea lobster was once the main business of America. However, the crisis occurred at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the price of this shrimp is sometimes cheaper than the sausage, when sold in the state of Maine is only $ 2.25 / pound (equivalent to 90,000 VND ) / kg).
But shortly after penetrating the Asian market, this shellfish has created fever in the middle class of China, Korea … This helps the US lobster industry to have a chance to recover. .
According to recent US statistics, the country's export volume of lobster to Asian markets reached a record level last year. In particular, the Vietnamese people spent more than VND 700 billion on importing American lobsters. This expense increased 200 times in the period from 2010 to 2016.
Not only do traditional seafood stores increase imports for sale, but that item also gets hotter on social networks.
The price of lobster on some beads is not very different from the store. Leveraging social networking to reach many potential customers, these "online stores" have claimed free shipping to customers in Ho Chi Minh City even though they are in Hanoi and vice versa.
"I've never used lobster before because of the high price. However, recently introduced by a friend, I find it is not a problem to spend a good amount of money on high quality seafood. Currently my family eats about 2 to 3 times a month to nurture children, "said Kim Loan (Cau Dien, Hanoi).
Newly imported crayfish in the US arriving in Vietnam still have much cheaper prices than some types of lobster in Vietnam, such as cotton lobster priced at 1.2 to 1.9 million VND / kg, blue lobster 1, 2 – 1.7 million VND / kg … fresh type.
On average, lobsters arrive in Vietnam weighing about 1-2 kg / head. Customers often choose to buy a large child, but the larger one when boiled or absorbs more water than the small. Customers also buy 2 small children for 600 to 800 grams, which is enough to get a reasonable price.
"Just buy an American lobster about 2 pounds and make three steamed dishes, butter and soup. Compared with other lobsters of similar size in Vietnam, the price of American lobster is lower. Thu Huyen (Tran Khat Chan, Hanoi).
A shop owner who specializes in American lobster imports commented that the market for this product is quite broad, from restaurants, hotels and retail customers to the Cambodian market.
"Recently, several small snail shops have also started selling lobsters to customers, but mostly small-sized shrimps, because the price is quite smooth, suitable for the consumer segment here" – revealed that person.
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