Tesco Lotus says it is supporting Thai farmers by increasing the purchase volume of seasonal fruits such as durian, rambutan and mangosteen to more than 7 million kilograms for this season – an increase of more than 50 per cent on last season.
To invite customers to discover fruit at affordable prices, the retailer is hosting a durian and seasonal fruits buffet at its Rama 4 store, from April 26-29.
For Bt399, customers can enjoy an unlimited amount of durian and more than 10 other tropical fruits.
Salinla Seehaphan, corporate affairs director, said: “Through our direct sourcing programme in which we purchase produce directly from farmers and agricultural co-operatives, we are able to ensure high-quality products and affordable prices in 80 hypermarkets nationwide.
"Our direct sourcing programme continues to grow, with the total purchase volume of more than 200,000 tonnes of produce in 2017, generating a significant amount of income for farmers.”
The retailer has prepared 10,000kg of durian for the four-day event. In addition to the buffet, the event features a farmers’ market, with farmers selling a variety of fruit, vegetables and snacks.
The buffet is available five rounds per day, at one hour per round, starting from noon through to 8pm.