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Thailand has emerged as one of few countries that produce food to feed the world population. Food production can be classified into stages as
follows:


Initial Stage
The development of Thai processed food for world market was concrete after the establishment of Thai Food Processors' Association. During
the first 2 years after its establishment, the Association's committee and members worked very hard to collect data, rules and regulations, food
standards, production process to ensure that Thai food products meet the international food standard in terms of quality and safety to local and
foreign consumers. At the initial stage, most research and development were focused on vegetable and fruit products.


Development and Export Stage
During 1974-1979, production process was continuously developed and quality was improved steadily. Export to foreign markets was carried
out quite seriously. In addition to canned vegetable and fruit export, canned seafood started to play a key role in the food export industry. Most
canned seafood was tuna, crab, prawn, shell, etc.


Development, Production Expansion and Marketing Stage
During 1980-1985, the Thai food industry grew rapidly. Production and export expanded steadily. While Thailand enjoyed export volume and
market share, major customers started to be strict with product quality from Thailand. Every now and then quality inspectors from importing countries
were invited to inspect food quality at production base in Thailand. On their visit and inspection, they brought with them knowledge and understanding
in quality control and production process, thus upgrading Thai processed food industry tremendously.


Quality Improvement Stage
During 1986-1990, the Thai food processing industry experienced a major change in various aspects – product quality, training, research and
production standard – as a result of stringent quality inspection by importing countries on Thai processed food, especially seafood.


Production and Marketing Competition Stage
Since 1991, production and marketing competition has become stranger. Producers recently faced with raw material shortage and rising prices
while selling prices could not be raised in proportion with the material cost. Producers had to turn to production efficiency so that food products
had as lowest cost as possible and they had to compete in term of product quality standard in order to maintain their competitiveness among
local producers and foreign producers.