Vietnam's Big C supermarket chain has reportedly completed the review of its 200-strong apparel supplier portfolio and will continue to work with 169 of them.

Last month the retailer announced a review of its 4000-strong supplier portfolio, concentrating on its 200 garment and textile vendors.

It said it would select those most qualified to deliver on its new concept in Vietnam and other potential foreign markets. Reports initially suggested it was looking to trim its supplier portfolio from 200 to 50.

But according to several local reports, including one from Vietnam News BizHub citing information that was revealed at a meeting between Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade (MoIT) Do Thang Hai and representatives of Central Group held in Ha Noi, it has completed the review and trimmed down the supplier portfolio to 169.

At the meeting, Central Group Viet Nam general director Philippe Broianigo said the change in strategy is to better serve the domestic market and exports.

The company did not return just-style's request for comment.

Big C also announced it is working with the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) to assist in similar cases and ensure Big C is offering high-quality garment products as part of its collection.