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VIETNAM: Pink foods take root as COVID-19 hits dragon fruit exports to China
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But what if life hands you dragon fruit – and lots of it – instead? It’s a question that Vietnamese businesses have been pondering for weeks now, and they seem to have found the answer.
Pink foods have taken over the Southeast Asian nation since February with baguettes, noodles and rice papers taking on a bubblegum hue as eateries infuse local favorites with dragon fruit.
The colored concoctions have been such a hit in Vietnam that KFC is rolling out this week a chicken burger with buns dyed in pink, according to Business Insider.
In late February, a train service transporting fruits from Vietnam to China also officially opened. The inaugural shipment – 156 tons of dragon fruits – traveled from the border town of Dong Dang to the city of Pingxiang in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The shipping route is expected to transport an estimated 60,000 tons of fruits a year, allowing Vietnamese farmers to reach their customers in China within days and without risking spoilage.
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