JAKARTA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia is targeting 2 billion U.S. dollars of value from exports of spices and herbs, and a total of 4,000 Indonesian restaurants abroad by 2024 to boost the country's culinary industry, a minister said on Monday.
Indonesian industry minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said in a statement that Indonesia is currently intensifying the promotion and marketing efforts for its seasoning products or processed foods and spices, through the program named "Indonesia Spice Up The World."
"Indonesia has been widely known as a tropical country with fertile soil, making it an ideal place for growing spices. We have a variety of spices and speciality food products with authentic flavors. This program is one of our efforts to globally widen our marketplace for spices," the minister said.
Indonesia's export values for processed and fresh spices as well as herbs reached 1.02 billion dollars in 2020, increasing by 24.3 percent from the previous year, according to the data from the Trade Ministry.
The United States has become the biggest market for Indonesia's spice and culinary sales, constituting 20 to 25 percent of the value.
The minister said there have been a total of 1,177 Indonesian restaurants globally, and that is not enough to bolster the popularity of the country's culinary industry.