Irish ABP Food Group wins deal to supply beef to China | beef importer

Irish ABP Food Group wins deal to supply beef to China | biggest Chinese importerFeb. 23 – A leading Irish beef supplier -The ABP Food Group announced on Thursday that it has signed a 50-million-euro ($61.6 million) deal to supply beef to China’s mainland and Taiwan. China is already the world’s second-biggest beef importer. Irish officials to China recently in a bid to progress the long-running bid for access for beef, and access for Irish beef would be a major win for the industry.

Under a three-year exclusive agreement recently signed with a Taiwan-headquartered restaurant chain Wowprime Corporation, the beef will be supplied to the 400 restaurants operated by Wowprime in the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, said an official with ABP Food Group, a leading food processor in Ireland with core business on beef products.

The signing of the agreement with Wowprime is a tangible endorsement of the quality beef we supply, said Mark Goodman, Managing Director of ABP’s International Division. It also marks another significant step in developing new market opportunities for our products against the uncertain backdrop of Brexit, said Mark.

Based in Ireland, ABP supplies products to over 200 Michelin starred restaurants across the world. It currently employs over 10,000 people and has 48 manufacturing plants in Ireland, Britain, Denmark, Poland, Austria, Holland, France and Spain.

Facing the increasing uncertainty in its traditional European market following Britain’s decision to withdraw from the Europe Union, the company has recently quickened its step in exploring new market potentials in Asia, especially in the rapidly growing Chinese market. Last month, the company also signed a contract with a Hong Kong-based supermarket chain to supply the latter with high quality beef products. (Source: China Daily)

Soft drinks China market | import soft drinks to China | Chinese importers

Soft drinks China market | import soft drinks to China | Chinese importersFeb. 21 – Soft drinks China market present ever growing opportunities for imports soft drinks to China. In recent years, China’s demand for foreign soft drinks is significantly increasing which led international producers become dependent on the sales generated in China market. Chinese intake of European food and beverages is growing fast which represents the highest growth of any other import category in China.

Soft drinks China market

Soft drink China market is rapidly expanding, nowadays, soft drinks in China is popular and convenience drink among all drinks, alongside with bottled water drink which sold at every possible locations in China. Soft drinks are also widely available at fast food restaurants, movie theaters, convenience stores, casual dining restaurants, dedicated soda stores, and bars from soda fountain machines. Soda fountain drinks are typically served in paper or plastic disposable cups in the first three venues. In casual dining restaurants and bars, soft drinks are often served in glasses. Soft drinks are available in many formats, including cans, glass bottles, and plastic bottles. Constant value growth for soft drinks in China driven by the quickened pace and steady demand. Currently, the revenue rate is over 30% despite the high segmentation and competition in the Chinese market. The Soft drinks beverage market in China is expected to become the biggest worldwide this year according to a related report. The potential growth of the beverage industry in China is, as a result, among the highest worldwide. The size of the Chinese Soft drinks beverage market has led importers, international beverage business to think through China as an essential market for their business expansion and imports/exports strategies.

Soft drinks classification in China

How to define soft drinks among all beverage drinks? What’s the grouping of soft drinks? Experts explain that soft drinks are called “soft” in contrast with “hard” alcoholic beverages. Small amounts of alcohol may be present in a soft drink, but the alcohol content must be less than 0.5% of the total volume if the drink is to be considered non-alcoholic. Fruit punch, tea, and other such non-alcoholic beverages are technically soft drinks by this definition but are not generally referred to as such. A soft drink is a drink that typically contains carbonated water (although lemonades, among others, are usually not carbonated), a sweetener, and a natural or artificial flavoring. The sweetener may be sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, sugar substitutes (in the case of diet drinks), or some combination of these. Soft drinks may also contain caffeine, colourings, preservatives, and other ingredients. in China, Soft drink is defined as either manmade or natural drinks that contain alcohol less than 0.5% in mass. Soft drinks are put in the following categories in China: Carbonated drinks, like Coca Cola, Pepsi, Fanta, Mirinda, and 7-Up. Fruit juice drinks, like Huiyuan(汇源),Guolicheng(果粒橙). Vegetable juice drinks, like Nongfuguoyuan(农夫果园).

Import hybrid soft drinks to China

Because hybrid soft drinks products are progressively more popular among all soft drinks in China, statistics indicated that hybrid beverages were increasingly popular in 2016 in China market, due to hybrid soft drinks combining water with fruit juice, etc., particularly under the convenience, health trends, hybrid soft drinks target young Chinese consumers, mostly students at all age groups in China. furthermore, driven by rigid demand of Chinese consumers’ essentials for both health and flavor, 100% pure juice, bottled drinking water, sports and energy drinks are estimated in faster pace growing than the average for soft drinks overall in the coming period. What import procedures you go through in China related port, and what key documents you must possess in order to bring your soft drinks business to China? Those are questions in the mind of most imports/exports companies. Soft drinks are different with water drinks import to China, the ingredients of soft drinks are various sorts, and their functions are varying too. when you prepare taking your soft drinks business to China, taking the Chinese consumers interests into considerations, one thing is for certain, you must keep in line with Chinese government related rules and regulations. To know more about the specific processes of import soft drinks to China, and there is a List of Chinese Importers for Soft Drinks in China available upon request, please contact with DCCC, or email to: info@dccchina.org

Meat and poultry import to China | meat market | Chinese importers

Meat and Poultry import to China | meat market | Chinese importersFeb. 19 – Meat & Poultry import to China, the most popular imported food products in China, among others, Pork is the most widely consumed meat in China accounting for over 64% of the country’s intake, followed by poultry (23%), beef (8%) and lamb (5%). China’s imports of meat products reached 4.116.165.000 USD. Meat & poultry products are listed as Chinese importers’ focus in the coming years.

China’s Meat and Poultry Imports

China’s meat and Poultry imports are forecast to rise 11 and 7 percent, respectively, in 2018. China is the world’s second and seventh largest beef and Poultry meat importer, respectively, accounting for 13 and 5 percent of forecast trade. Although China’s pork imports are influenced by domestic production gaining, nevertheless, there is still a strong demand for processing; pork meat imports still uphold China as the world’s top importer. Remember, traditionally, China is a pork meat consuming country.

China Beef Imports Rising Quickly

Chinese consumer’s ‘s taste for beef products in the process of evolution, there are more younger Chinese consumers shift from consuming pork meat to beef, particularly, some Chinese students returned to China after studying abroad, they took the habit of consuming beef products back to China, that made beef meat more attractive. On the other hand, due to China’s domestic beef production unmatched with the demand of China market, importing beef products into China became an alternative. In recent years, China has actively looked to the international market, beef imports to China is on the rising quickly.

China Meat and Poultry Market 2018

Beef imports to China are forecast to import 1.0 million tons in 2018, 11 percent higher than in 2017. The largest meat exporter to China is Australia; other main suppliers are Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina which maintain solid meat products export growth. Increasingly Chinese consumers demand healthier food and that has enormous impacts for meat producers and importers, Chinese dinning menu is in the evolution, China quickly joy the beef meat consuming trend, and China’s rapid transformation into a major beef importing country. For the List of Chinese Importers for Meat and Poultry is available, please contact with DCCC, or email to: info@dccchina.org

Shandong Ruyi acquires Swiss Bally International AG | China M&As in EU

Shandong Ruyi acquires Swiss Bally International AG | China M&As in EUFeb. 15 – China Textile giant Shandong Ruyi International Fashion Industry Investment Holding Co, the LVMH of China, has stepped up its global acquisitions with the purchase of Swiss luxury clothing brand Bally International AG. Mergers and acquisitions, especially of international companies, by Chinese clothing firms have taken off recently after the industry started manufacturing upgrade.

Shenzhen-listed Shandong Ruyi said on 9 Feb that it will buy a controlling stake in Bally from its parent JAB Holding Co. JAB will retain a minority stake in the company and the present management team of Bally will retain their positions, it said in a regulatory filing. Though detailed financial transactions of the deal were not disclosed, it is reported that the valuation of Bally by Shandong Ruyi was around $700 million. But what made the Bally acquisition interesting was that it was at the center of a bidding war between Chinese companies.

Potential suitors for Bally included Chinese menswear maker Fujian Septwolves Industry Co Ltd, Chinese conglomerate Fosun International Ltd and Japanese company Itochu Corp, according to a report in the 21st Century Business Herald. Qiu Yafu, chairman and the largest shareholder of Shandong Ruyi, said the acquisition of Bally, which makes clothing, shoes and accessories, can supplement the downstream garment business of the company.

Founded in 2001, Shandong Ruyi has most of its business concentrated in the upstream of the clothing industrial chain, including the supply of raw materials, yarn, fabric, and dyeing, weaving, sewing and production. It is among the top 20 luxury fashion groups globally in terms of revenues.

Frederic de Narp, CEO of Bally, said the brand will implement the same development strategies after the acquisition, and in the long term, it aims to achieve sales revenue of $1 billion annually. He said Shandong Ruyi will help Bally to expand its presence and drive its sales performance in Asia and other key markets.

In November, Shandong Ruyi bought a 51.38 percent stake in Hong Kong-based menswear group Trinity Ltd for HK$2.22 billion ($284 million). In 2016, it bought a majority stake in French fashion firm SMCP, the parent behind affordable luxury brands Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot, which have gained significant popularity in China and opened a large number of stores in malls.

In 2010, Shandong Ruyi took 41 percent stake in Japanese apparel maker Renown Inc, with an investment of 4 billion yen ($36.8 million), and became its largest shareholder. “For Chinese enterprises, the brands they bought from abroad have to be able to launch stores in the shopping malls,” said Liang Yuchang, a retail analyst with UBS Securities, according to the 21st Century Business Herald report. (Source: China Daily) . For update the List of China M&A in Switzerland is available upon request, please contact with DCCC, or email to: info@dccchina.org

Nederlands handelsmissie naar China april 2018 | Nieuwsbericht | DCCC

Nederlands handelsmissie naar China met minister-president Mark Rutte - Nieuwsbericht - DCCCFeb. 13 – De Nederlands handelsmissie naar China (8 t/m 13 april 2018 ) in aanwezigheid van minister-president Mark Rutte, minister voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking Sigrid Kaag, minister van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit Carola Schouten, minister voor Medische Zorg en Sport Bruno Bruins en staatssecretaris van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat Stientje van Veldhoven.

Voor wie? – Wilt u zakendoen in China? Ga dan van 8 t/m 13 april 2018 deelname aan deze missie staat uitsluitend open voor Nederlandse bedrijven en kennisinstellingen uit de volgende sectoren:

Programma – De aanwezigheid van diverse bewindslieden biedt u een unieke kans om op hoog niveau contacten te leggen en uit te bouwen. Tijdens deze missie wordt geen individuele matchmaking georganiseerd. Voor alle sectoren worden collectieve netwerkevents georganiseerd zoals een Holland Trade Dinner, seminars, workshops, bedrijfsbezoeken, netwerkevents, etc. Op basis van uw bedrijfsprofiel dat u bij aanmelding invult, worden relevante netwerkpartijen uitgenodigd bij de diverse events.

Kosten – De kosten van deelname bedragen € 950 per bedrijf (max. twee deelnemers per bedrijf). Bij meer dan twee deelnemers per bedrijf bedragen de meerkosten € 475 per extra deelnemer. Reis- en verblijfskosten zijn voor eigen rekening. Een reisbureau is gevraagd een reisarrangement samen te stellen. Aanmelden – De inschrijving voor deze missie sluit op donderdag 27 februari.

Contact – Voor meer informatie over de sectoren afval, logistiek en smart mobility kunt u contact opnemen met Jos Hermsen, tel. 088 – 042 1078 of mail jos.hermsen@rvo.nl  en over de sectoren agri & tuinbouw en LSH kunt u contact opnemen met Karin Schipper tel. 088 – 042 1146 of mail karin.schipper@rvo.nl.

Imported Australia beef cattle arrive in east China – Zhejiang Province

Imported Australia beef cattle arrive in east China - Zhejiang ProvinceFeb. 9 – A total of 1,606 head of live cattle arrived in east China’s Zhejiang Province on 30 Jan, the first sea-borne shipment of imported beef cattle to the southern part of the country. The cattle were imported from Australia to the port city of Ningbo. They will be quarantined before being slaughtered within 14 days, according to the Ningbo Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.

China has imported live cattle for breeding purposes as well as dairy cows, but meat imported from foreign countries is mostly frozen.

China and Australia signed a deal in 2014 that involved shipping 1 million head of Australian cattle to China each year, which is expected to bring a boom in business for Australia’s farming sector while meeting China’s demand for high-quality beef. The first order of 150 head of cattle were transported to southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality by air in October 2015. In February 2017, the first shipment of imported beef cattle arrived by sea in Shandong Province.

Imports largest amount of fruit to China through Shenzhen

Imports largest amount of fruit  to China through Shenzhen Feb. 7 – Shenzhen, a southeast China metropolis that borders Hong Kong, imported the largest amount of fruit nationwide in 2017 with a share of over 40 percent. The Shenzhen port imported 1.08 million tonnes of fruit last year, an annual increase of 5.68 percent, Shenzhen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau said Thursday.

The import value reached 2.2 billion U.S. dollars, also the largest. Chile, Thailand, and the United States were the top three import sources, contributing 71.6 percent of the total in terms of import value. Durian, cherries, and grapes were among the most popular fruits. Shenzhen port imported 180,000 tonnes of durian from Thailand, 59,900 tonnes of cherries from Chile, and 162,300 tonnes of grapes from countries including Chile, Australia, Peru, and the United States.

China has signed free trade deals with countries and regions like the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, New Zealand, Chile, and Peru, helping cut prices of high-end fruit and bring them to more households. For companies engaged in fruit imports/exports business, the List of Chinese Importers/Distributors of Fruit in China available upon request, please contact with DCCC, or email to: info@dccchina.org

Russia food and drinks in China – from exports to distribution

Russia food and drinks in China – from exports to distributionFeb. 5 – Russia food and drinks in China has risen steadily for some years and has led the China market is on the top export destination for Russian food and drinks. Russia’s top food exports to China, among others, are fish, soy, sunflower oil and chocolate. China was the largest recipient of Russia’s agricultural product exports, accounting for 10% of the total, according to a related report.

Produced in Russia – Import to China

Under “Produced in Russia”, or “made in Russia”, the benefits of apples, seafood and grain of Russian origin with the nationalistic fervour, the naturally home-grown and genetically-modified-free status of Russian meat products, flour, vegetable oils and etc., as well as ready-made products and tinned food, there are the key agricultural products for the growing Russia’s food exports trend to China. In addition, the prospects of the Russia’s confectionery and bakery exports to China, many Russia’s confectionery and bakery food stuffs have already proved popular with Chinese tourists visiting Russia in recent years, which are sending business messages to the Russia export companies, there is a potential ready export market for Russia’s confectionery and bakery exports to China.

China is Top Exports Destination for Russian Food and Drinks

China food and beverage market demands for high-quality products from Russia, at this moment, Russia’s top food exports to China are fish, soy, sunflower oil and chocolate, among others, growing demands for mineral water, honey, wine and confectionery, etc. China is important market for Russia’s food and drinks exports among others in Asia countries. A number of Russian specialties have taken off in China, such as chocolate, especially popular in the border regions in the northeast China, where a classic Russian honey cake is known as “Russian tiramisu” are very welcome. In terms of volumes, China accounts for 10% of the total of Russia’s agricultural product exports which put China on the top of recipient of Russia’s agricultural product exports, followed by Turkey (9%), Egypt and South Korea (8% apiece) and Kazakhstan (7%), according a related report.

Forecast of Russia Food and Beverage Imports to China

Chinese importers could play a key role. As a priority, Russia food and drinks sector now looking to expand its exports capacity in the scale of global food market. Russia’s exports of agricultural products have doubled in recent years, and are currently estimated to be worth around US$17 billion per annum. Over the next five to seven years, it is expecting that this will rise in the region of $40-50 billion, according to a related report. China market is targeted as one of key destination for Russia food and drinks exports. With the growing demand from modern Chinese consumers for imported food and beverage, potentially Russian agricultural shipments to China will rise in 2018 and beyond. there are several Russia agricultural trendy products particularly attractive for importing to China, such as mineral water, honey, butter, nuts and dried wild berries, and seafood, including Russian wineries products, particularly well-known Russian vodka, those are the key products targeted by the Chinese importers. With Russia food and drinks exports business looking for opportunities in China market, Chinese importers, including regional distribution companies in China could play a key role. For the List of Chinese Importers for Food and Beverage available upon request, please contact with DCCC, or email to: info@dccchina.org

China wine market and Australian winemaker – A big wine deal in 2018

China wine market and Australian winemaker - A big wine deal in 2018Feb. 1 – China’s largest wine producer, Yantai Changyu Pioneer Wine Co, is purchasing 80 percent of Kilikanoon Estate Pty Ltd of Adelaide, Australia, at A$20.65 million ($16.45 million), a decision that will further enhance the Chinese winery’s global portfolio and help meet Chinese consumers’ growing demand for quality wine.

This is Changyu’s fifth overseas acquisition, the financial details of the deal have not been revealed. Kilikanoon’s chief wine operator Kevin Mitchell and managing director Warrick Duthy will retain their shares and stay on in their positions. Earlier, the Yantai-based wine producer expanded its global reach to wineries in France, Spain and Chile, according to Zhou Hongjiang, chairman of the company.

Kilikanoon was founded in 1997, located in Australia’s famous wine-producing Claire Valley. The vineyards produce brands such as its intense Riesling and expressive Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Annual production is about 100,000 cases. Currently, about 10 percent of Kilikanoon’s total production is sold to China. This figure is expected to reach 50 percent as production increases. “China’s wine market is one of the fastest growing in the world. Changyu must seize the market opportunities created by the new consumption pattern, and constantly meet the consumer demand of Chinese consumers for wine diversification,” Zhou said.

In recent years, sales of overseas wines have been rising in the Chinese market. At the moment, Australian wine plays an important role in the Chinese market. Some experts predict that under the policy of the Sino-Australian free trade area, the wine trade tariff will further decrease in 2018, and will be reduced to zero after Jan 1, 2019, further enhancing the competitiveness of Australian wine in the Chinese market.

According to the data, Australia is now the sixth-largest producer of wine in the world, with more than 4,000 wineries. From Jul 1, 2016 to Jun 30, 2017, Kilikanoon had revenue of A$11.5 million and a net profit of A$1.26 million. According to the 2016 Australian wine export report issued by the Australian wine Management Agency, the total export of Australian wine was valued at A$2.22 billion; exports to China reached a value of A$520 million, an increase of 40 percent. At present, China is Australia’s second-largest wine export market.

At present, Changyu has 10 factories and eight wine chateaux in China. Overall, Changyu’s wine is exported to 70 countries and regions. It has 22,910 hectares of vineyards worldwide. Changyu ranked No 4 in the world for annual sales, with 15 million cases sold in 2016. Changyu’s goal is to have 30 percent of its revenue generated from overseas ventures, Zhou said.

According to Guotai Junan Securities, the acquisition of Kilikanoon will complement Changyu’s domestic assets and operations. The wine products from the Australian winery will be quickly worked into Changyu’s domestic distribution channels. Sun Jian, vice-general manager of Changyu, said last November that prioritizing high-end products and internationalization are the focuses of the company. According to Euromonitor International, the wine market size in terms of volume in China has grown to 4.5 billion liters in 2016 and is forecast to increase to 5.84 million liters in 2021.

China wine market demands for imported wine besides Chinese wine producers try to catch up with the billion liters grown call from consumers in China by acquiring foreign wineries in recent years, there are still broad spaces left to fill in with imported wine in China wine market. For the List of Chinese Importers/Distributors for Foreign Wine is available upon request, please contact with DCCChina.org, or email to: info@dccchina.org

Oranjes voor ’heel bijzondere’ visite naar China | Nieuwsbericht | DCCC

Oranjes voor ’heel bijzondere’ visite naar China | DCCChina.orgJan. 31 – Den Haag Heel, heel erg bijzonder. Zo wordt in royale kring het werkbezoek genoemd dat koning en koningin begin februari brengen aan de Chinese hoofdstad Beijing. Na een inkomend staatsbezoek in 2014 en een uitgaand staatsbezoek in 2015 heeft president Xi Jinping het koninklijk paar opnieuw uitgenodigd om naar China te komen.

De invitatie kwam afgelopen najaar. Ook kwam vanuit Beijing de suggestie de visite te combineren met de reis van de koning naar de Olympische Winterspelen in Zuid-Korea. President Xi Jinping en ook zijn vrouw Peng Liyuan koesteren goede herinneringen aan hun ontmoetingen met de Oranjes. Tijdens het staatsbezoek in Nederland doopte de presidentsvrouw een tulp die de naam Cathay kreeg, de oude naam voor China. Naar het schijnt vertigvoudigde de vraag naar de bloem daarna in China. Het staatshoofd heeft sindsdien laten blijken dat hij het belangrijk vindt het koninklijk paar regelmatig te blijven zien.

Geheime locatie

Vandaar dat Willem Alexander op een nog geheim gehouden locatie op woensdag 7 februari eerst een onderhoud heeft met de Chinese premier en aansluitend een ontmoeting en diner met de president en zijn vrouw. Dit is overigens geen staatsbanket, want er is geen sprake van een staatsbezoek maar een werkbezoek. Koning en koningin zullen slechts door vier á vijf Nederlanders vergezeld worden bij de dis, onder wie minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Halbe Zijlstra.

Op donderdag 8 februari voegt de koning zich als erelid van het IOC bij de Olympische Winterspelen in Pyeongchang. Koningin Máxima blijft nog een dagje in China en ontmoet onder meer Nederlandse ondernemers. Ook bezoekt ze een locatie van het Nederlands-Chinese architectenbureau Next, dat in Beijing oude gebouwen omtovert voor een nieuw leven. Zo wordt Máxima rondgeleid in een oude drukkerij, die vroeger de rode schoolboekjes voor Chinese kinderen drukte.

Watermanagement

Daarna waagt ze zich even op het expertise-gebied van haar man, het watermanagement. Hoewel Nederlanders wellicht zullen denken dat de belabberde luchtkwaliteit in Beijing het grootste probleem is, blijkt het Noorden van China juist vooral te worstelen met water. Of het gebrek daaraan. In het zuiden van het land vinden juist weer veel overstromingen plaats. Om beide waterproblemen het hoofd te bieden, zijn de Chinezen natuurlijk hartstikke benieuwd naar ’onze’ kennis van water.

Mysterieus blijft vooralsnog waarom de Chinezen -los van beleefdheid- nou juist de Nederlandse koning en koningin de eer gunnen van een nieuw bezoek, zo kort na de staatsbezoeken van 2014 en 2015. Het koninklijk paar twijfelde evenwel geen seconde toen de uitnodiging binnenkwam. Het onderstreept dat de verhoudingen tussen de Chinese republiek en het Nederlandse koninkrijk beter dan ooit zijn.