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Pineapple cakes are hottest airport shop item: survey

TAIPEI -- Pineapple cakes are the most popular souvenir item on sale at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, according to a recent survey.

Among the thousands of items sold at the airport, six different gift boxes of pineapple cakes produced in Taiwan were the bestselling choices among foreign and local travelers, the airport said Thursday, citing the survey in which travelers voted for their favorite Taiwan gifts.

Chen Yi-hsuan, assistant manager of Tasa Meng Corporation, said many Chinese tourists usually buy gift boxes of pineapple cake before returning home.

Apart from Chinese tourists, Taiwanese traveling abroad to visit relatives also like to take a few boxes of the Taiwanese specialty, said Pan Tsuei-yi, vice manager of Ever Rich Duty Free Shop.

Tsai Yung-fu, assistant manager of I-Mei Foods, said the potential of the pineapple cake market cannot be ignored, whether the demand is for traditional pastry filled with a mix of pineapples and winter melons, or cakes with a darker filling made from local pineapples.

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