Taipei, May 23 (CNA) The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said Wednesday it would be happy to share with others its experience in preparing and marketing its popular boxed lunches, which reportedly have won high praise even in China.
TRA officials said they have been very surprised at the apparent popularity of the product in China but said no one from the mainland has actually contacted the administration on the matter.
According to the Chinese-language United Daily News, a railway publishing house on China is planning to send people on a fact-finding tour of Taiwan's railway services, with a special focus on boxed lunches supplied by the TRA.
The paper cited Sun Jing, the publisher's top executive, as describing food sold on trains in China as "tasting bad and being expensive." He also said the delicious and cheap boxed lunches on Taiwan's trains have helped boost the appeal of railway travel.
The TRA now sells an average of 18,000 boxed lunches per day, up from 16,000 in 2011 and 14,000 in 2010, according to agency statistics.
The administration predicted that it would be able to sell 20,000 boxed lunches per day by the end of this year.
Because the product is becoming increasingly popular, the TRA is expected to open a central factory within the next two to three years to increase their supply.
(By Wang Shu-fen and Y.F. Low)