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Indonesia aims to open a trade route for coffee to the French port of Marseille

MILAN – In a bid to intensify the country’s exports to France, Indonesia’s Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution paid a visit to the Henry Blanc coffee industry in Marseille, France, on Friday (June 14).

Indonesian Consul General Asianto Sinambela noted on Sunday that Darmin had also met with Marseille Mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin.

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At the meeting, Nasution reiterated the significance of Gaudin’s support to boost trade between Marseille and Indonesia, particularly of coffee beans.

Mayor Gaudin welcomed Indonesia’s keenness to boost trade relations with southern France and expressed strong support to increasing direct commercial and trade relations, especially for coffee.

The mayor pointed out that Marseille has a coffee industry center, with an extensive network, such as Henry Blanc.

The Henry Blanc coffee industry imports coffee from Africa and Latin America, while coffee from Asia is imported from Vietnam and Indonesia.

Henry Blanc imports the Javanese type Arabica coffee variety from Indonesia that is the main ingredient of coffee blending in accordance with market tastes and local consumers.

Both parties remain committed to opening business contacts to the widest possible extent, especially to build a direct trade route for Indonesian coffee.