Commerce ministry allows re-export licensing for more commodities

The Ministry of Commerce will continue to issue licences for re-exporting because of the foreign market’s demand and the local production process. Over 20 categories of commodities are re-exported to other foreign countries after being locally reproduced at its origin. The main categories of re-export are sugar, fuel oil (diesel) and betel nut. Sugar exports […]

Myanmar forest-cutting continues despite government efforts

PINLEBU, Myanmar (AP) — The hills of northern Myanmar’s Sagaing region were so legendarily thick with forests that in the days of kings, condemned criminals were ordered into the woods as a death sentence. Today illegal logging has left vast swaths of bare patches, with only a handful of old-growth stands. Despite a temporary ban […]

Myanmar restaurants seek more govt support

  LOCAL restaurants in Myanmar are calling for more government support amid the expansion of international restaurant chains in the country. Nay Linn, president of Myanmar Restaurants Association and the owner of a restaurant named Sein Lan So Pyay Gardens, said local players lack the capital and experience to compete with these chains. He recalled […]

Meat demand rises in Myanmar

Meat consumption in Myanmar has grown due to an influx of tourists and investment, while a limited manufacturing base presents new opportunities for international suppliers. Almost 90% of Myanmar’s population are Buddhist and almost a third live below the poverty line, factors which have historically kept meat consumption levels low. Also, Myanmar consumers have tended […]

Pastamania launches on Inya Road

Singapore’s Italian food franchise, Pastamania, has officially opened its doors in Yangon – adding more pasta to the menu of foreign food now on offer in the city. The last few years have seen an influx of international competition in Myanmar’s food and beverage industry, from the arrival of American fried chicken giant KFC to […]

Myanmar gets a taste of Singapore

Independent operators and established restaurant chains from Singapore are making inroads into Myanmar’s nascent dining scene. YANGON: Myanmar is turning into a hot culinary destination with delights from the Lion City. In the last six months, six Singaporean restaurants have opened in Yangon. Singaporean Ringo Wong was in the shipping industry for the last 20 […]

Companies vie to cash in on Burma’s tourist boom

Burma wants to boost its food and hospitality standards to serve growing demand from international tourists, who are expected to number five million this year. Hotels and Tourism Minister Htay Aung called tourism one of Burma’s fastest-growing industries, with the growth rate tripling since the country opened its doors to foreign investors in 2011. Burmese […]

Food processors push to allow sugar imports

Soaring sugar prices have prompted Mandalay food companies to appeal to the government for help. Myanmar Food Processors’ and Exporters’ Association (Mandalay) has asked the commerce ministry to allow the import of sugar, which has been blocked since the end of April. As world sugar prices have fallen, local prices have gone in the other […]

Rangoon Tea House : Taking the Machismo and MSG Out of Myanmar’s Tea Shops

Burmese tea shops are manly joints. The tiny cups of sweet tea, the miniature stools that require some awkward squatting, and even the underage boy waiters that you beckon with kissy sounds—yes, cat calls—might not seem all that outwardly macho, but tea shops are where the men of Myanmar spend a good deal of their […]

Can a Third-World Nation Handle a ‘Hipster Restaurant Empire’?

What is a Hawaiian-born Harvard graduate doing cooking Korean Cubano sandwiches out of a food truck in Myanmar? The Burmese government seems to be grappling with this same question. Even after Yangon officials declined to extend his pop-up Port Autonomy’s lease last month, chef Kevin Ching is on a mission to stake his claim in […]