Avocado imports to China increases by more than a thousand times

Chinese Importers for Fresh FruitAug. 9 – China only imported 31.8 tons of avocado in 2011, but in 2017 it imported more than 30,000 tons, an increase of more than 1,000 times, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua. As one of the world’s largest producers and exporters – Camposol believed that “robust growth in the sector in China, from 33,500 tons in 2017 to 46,000 in 2018, is underway.”

Camposol began exporting avocado to China in 2016 and became the largest Peruvian exporter of the fruit to the Asian country. In 2018, the company exported 3,700 tons to China, i.e. 22 percent of the market share in Peru’s production season. The popularity of this fruit is attributed, apart from the acceleration of economic openness, to the rise of the “calorie economy” in the Asian country.

The avocado was a very exotic product for Chinese consumers. “When Mexican avocado initially entered the Chinese market, it did not sell much, and it remained an unknown product for many years,” stated Huang Xianhua, the general manager of Ouheng Import & Export, a company in Zhejiang Province in eastern China. According to Huang, the avocado quickly became popular once it began to be marketed on the Internet and its nutritional value began to be advertised.

As China internationalizes and opens up to the world, consumers try many imported products. “The Chinese, especially the younger generation, are changing their eating habits: from pure Chinese cuisine to the mix of Chinese and Western cuisine,” said Ramirez. “More people are becoming aware of the importance of eating healthy foods,” stated Miao Miao, a nutritionist at Nanjing Maternal and Child Health Hospital.

Chinese consumers are embracing a more nutritional, healthy and exotic fruit and vegetable products in larger numbers, reflected in their spending on fresh produce decisions. Today, China’s health foods market is worth more than US$144.2 billion, according to a related report. With growing numbers of Chinese consumers rising health awareness, taking up a healthier lifestyle, which have played a key role in driving consumers towards imported products, this market presents enormous opportunities for foreign businesses.

Especially for growers, fruit imports/exports, fruit farm investors in fresh produce industry should also watch out for new niche segments, such as avocado, black berry, and cheery, etc. China market demands for more exotic produce, the List of Chinese Importers for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables might help to transform your fresh produce business into tangible assets by connecting you with reliable Chinese importers, guiding you enter into China market with a measurable success; there are almost 1.4 billion consumers in Great China.

China outbound M&A activities recent 5 major deals – investment – New

China outbound M&A activities recent 5 major dealsAug. 7 – China outbound merger and acquisition (M&A) engagements move toward a restriction in the second quarter 2019, in 1H19 there were 114 deals, value USD 20.4bn outbound dealmaking, by far the lowest value since 2011, according to merger market China outbound M&A activities, Chinese investments recent 5 major deals:

Chinese dairy giant Yili acquisitions New Zealand’s Westland

China’s Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Company Limited announced Thursday the completion of the transaction of the acquisition of Westland Co-operative Dairy Company Limited, New Zealand’s second-largest dairy co-operative. Yili Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary Hong Kong Jin Gang Trade Holding Limited and Westland announced the news at an equity transfer ceremony held at Auckland Museum. The event marked the official completion of Yili’s acquisition of Westland….Founded in 1956, Yili Group has developed over the past 60 years to become the largest dairy enterprise in China by market share and in 2018, Yili continued its lead setting a new industry record with revenue of nearly 80 billion Chinese yuan in 2018 (about $11.2 billion), up 10.32 percent from 2017. Yili Group also provides the broadest range of products available in the Chinese market, with more than 100 million Yili products and over 37 billion packs of liquid milk, yoghurt, cold drinks and milk powder enjoyed by consumers every day. Yili has frequently taken the initiative to deepen global industrial cooperation in recent years, and has built a supportive, comprehensive resource, innovation and market system in regions where the dairy industry is highly-developed such as Asia, Europe, America, and Oceania. (Date: 02 Aug 2019)

NetEase acquires stake in Canadian game developer

NetEase Games, the online games division of NetEase Inc, announced on Tuesday that it has acquired a strategic minority stake in Behaviour Interactive Inc, Canada’s largest independent video game developer. Following this investment, Montreal-based Behaviour will continue to operate independently under the leadership of its president and executive producer, Remi Racine. NetEase Games will nominate a director to Behaviour’s Board….”NetEase’s investment validates the reputation for excellence and efficiency we have built in the online games sector over the last 27 years,” said Racine. “As an industry leader in online games,…Privately held Behaviour develops games that turn players’ imagination into reality. The company is the creator of the first globally successful asymmetric multi-player horror game, Dead by Daylight, and the developer of over 250 titles, which have been delighting players on all major platforms since 1992. Looking to boost revenue and add more foreign content to its roster, NetEase has partnered with multiple international companies from The Pokemon Company and Marvel to release new games. (Date:17 Jul 2019)

Huawei announces $3.1b investment plan in Italy

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies will invest $3.1 billion over the next three years in Italy, local media reported on Monday. Addressing the press on the sidelines of an exhibition in Milan, Huawei’s Italian unit chief executive Thomas Miao said the investment plan would allow 1,000 new direct jobs in the period 2019-2021, according to Ansa news agency. More specifically, the plan would consist of some $1.2 billion invested in operations and marketing, and $1.9 billion in direct supplies, while $52 million would be added for research and development activities,…Operating in the country since 2004, Huawei now employs some 850 people in Italy, and has inaugurated its new headquarters in Milan earlier this year. In its 15-year activity, it has opened four innovations centers in cooperation with Italian ICT operators and a Joint Innovation Center for Smart & Safe City in cooperation with the regional government of Sardinia and its Center for Advanced Studies, Research, and Development (CRS4). Huawei is the largest of five global companies currently selling 5G equipment and systems, the others being Chinese ZTE, Finnish Nokia, Swedish Ericsson, and South Korean’s Samsung. (Date: 18 Jul 2019)

Export bank, Italy’s UniCredit sign pact to boost cooperation

Italian commercial bank UniCredit signed a memorandum of understanding with the Export-Import Bank of China on Wednesday in the hope of strengthening cooperation between Chinese, Italian and Central Eastern Europe (CEE) companies. The MOU, which was signed in Milan, will support trade between China and UniCredit’s core markets in the areas of mechanical and electronic products, high and cutting-edge technology products, energy and raw materials. With this MOU, energy and infrastructure projects will also be developed in China, Italy and CEE. It will also facilitate cooperation regarding finance, global transaction banking, debt capital markets, global markets and financial advisory….The Export-Import Bank of China is a State-funded and State-owned policy bank with the status of an independent legal entity. It is under the direct leadership of the State Council and dedicated to supporting China’s foreign trade, investment and international economic cooperation. (Date: 16 Jul 2019)

Chinese company buys UK school network

Guangdong-based education company Bright Scholar has purchased United Kingdom-headquartered international school network CATS Colleges for 150 million pounds ($187.6 million), in the latest of a string of UK education acquisitions by Chinese buyers. Bright Scholar, a major operator of international and bilingual K-12 schools in China, called the deal a significant acceleration in the expansion of its overseas portfolio. Bright Scholar has already bought three other UK schools over the last year….Chinese company JiaYi Education purchased Devon-based nursery group Bambinos in 2018, and announced plans to open British-style preschools in China and acquire further childcare centers in the UK. In 2017, Chinese investors Largreen Education partnered with UK company British Early Education to open an international kindergarten in Yixing, Jiangsu province. Beyond acquisitions, China has stepped up exchange agreements with British schools to boost bilingual learning. The Shenzhen Education Bureau recently selected East Anglian state-funded academy Reepham High School and College as a partner for an educational exchange. (Date:12 Jul 2019)

Carrefour selling 80% equity interest to Suning.com

French retailing giant Carrefour Group announced on Sunday it had agreed to sell 80 percent equity interest in Carrefour China to the leading Chinese retailer Suning.com for 4.8 billion yuan ($698.8 million) in cash. The transaction, which will be paid in cash, values Carrefour China at an enterprise value of $1.59 billion. The transaction values 100 percent of Carrefour China at an equity value of 6 billion yuan ($873.5 million) . The purchase price for the acquisition of 80 percent of Carrefour China shares is 4.8 billion yuan….The move is the second-largest deal since Suning acquired Wanda Department store early this year. For Carrefour, which had previously withdrawn from a number of Asia countries, Yu said, the deal is part of its efforts to focus on its stronghold in Europe. Suning.com operates a network of over 8,881 stores in more than 700 cities and runs the country’s 3rd largest business-to-consumer e-commerce platform. Closing the transaction is subject to approval by Chinese competition authorities and other customary conditions, and is expected by the end of 2019. (Date: 25 Jun 2019) [Regions & Countries: China & France. Industries: Lifestyle & Consumer Goods]

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Fruit juice in China – smoothie brands and distribution with Chinese importers

fruit-juice-in-china-chinese-importersAug. 5 – Fruit juice in China market are mainly dominated by juice mixtures, smoothies & orange juice. The Chinese market of fruit and vegetable juices is very competitive. As forecasts indicates that in general there are coconut and other plant water booms; and HPP juice on the rise. According to Juices – China, revenue in the Juices segment amounts to US$4,639m in 2019.

Fruit Juice Market Size in China

Fruit Juice China market opens wider than ever nowadays, Fruit Juice imports to China exceeded exports in many different categories of products. Among others, food and drink classification stands out in all categories regarding imported products in China which is not surprising that given the size of the China market and its growing middle class, with almost 1.4 billion population, China’s unprecedented trade and industry progress has transformed the country into a global driving force. So far, imported food and drinks bear a better reputation regarding quality and safety in China. There are various imported juice in China, the top 5 indications of juice beverages China market showed that soft drinks records another year of growth; Health awareness is widely seen in many categories; Local players perform better than multinationals; Chilled products on the rise; and Lighter products will receive more attention, according to a related report juice in China, revenue in the Juices segment amounts to US$4,639m in 2019. The market is expected to grow annually by 4.4% (CAGR 2019-2023). The market’s largest segment is the segment Other Juice, Juice Mixtures & Smoothies with a market volume of US$2,959m in 2019. In global comparison, most revenue is generated in United States (US$22,467m in 2019).

Uptake Fruit Juices in China is Increasing Every Year

With fruit juice China market, in any categories regarding China imports of fruit juices, no matter it’s fresh orange juice (NFC), fresh apple juice (NFC), fresh pineapple juice (NFC) or pineapple juice concentrate , according to a related China fruit juice market report that China’s consumption of imported fresh orange juice has increased by 46% in recent year, the country Cyprus is the top supplier of various fruit juices to China, other countries with the larger volumes of exports of fruit juices to China during the last five years were included the UK, Greece, Israel , Spain, Netherlands and the Mediterranean producer’s, and all those countries fruit juices exports to China have increased substantially year on year. There is a noticeable trend with fruit juices in China that HPP Juice on the Rise in China, HPP (High Pressure Processing) plays a significant role nowadays in the juice sector. HPP is a processing step that extends shelf life and eradicates at least 99.999% of the microorganisms in juice. According to beverage nutrition experts, HPP is a great option not only for keeping fresh flavor of juices and smoothies, but also nutritional and functional properties of the product remain intact. With the growing healthier consumption habits and demand for more natural beverages, HPP juice on the rise in China that Juices – China statistics showed that domestic uptake of juice in China is increasing every year. In relation to total population figures, per person revenues of US$3.22 are generated in 2019; the average per capita consumption stands at 1.5 L in 2019.

Fresh Fruit Juice main Countries Supplying China

China’s Imports of fresh fruit juices from countries worldwide has been steadily increasing in recent years. As juice market in China has become both broad and mature, the initial key players have a full rein position. Accordingly, all sorts of business strategies have been practiced to win over market share. From importing new fruit juice product launches in the last year, to setting up premium brands to compete with the emerging of local brands, with a better understanding of traditional Chinese culture, the market share of smoothies in the 100% juice sector; new fruit juice product launches in the last year. Importing & distribution for fruit juice and vegetable juice to China get on the way, there have been various fresh juices imported to China with Chinese importers in recent years, according to China Customs & Fruit Juice Focus reports, main countries supplying China:

  • China imports/Chinese Importers of fresh orange juice (NFC), Cyprus has been the largest exporter of fresh orange juice to China in recent years, other countries include Spain, United Kingdom, Thailand , Greece, United States of America, Italy, Austria and Mexico all showed an increase in exports to China, which in total delivered 89% of China’s imports during 2016. Notable increases include the United Kingdom (UK) which has shown a major uplift in volume shipped to China of 310% for the period.
  • China imports/Chinese Importers of fresh apple juice (NFC). Main countries supplying China of fresh apple juice (NFC), among others, Cyprus occupied the top position, which is by far the biggest exporter of fresh apple juice to the Chinese market with a 46% share of the world’s exports to China. within Europe, The UK also increased by a significant 94% in 2016 up; Greece and Spain continue to grow their exports into this market with increases of 94% and 79% respectively. China’s Imports of fresh apple juice from countries worldwide has been steadily increasing.
  • China imports/Chinese Importers of fresh pineapple juice (NFC). Statistics showed that during the last five years main countries supplying China of fresh pineapple juice (NFC), the top supplier to China is the country Cyprus with the largest volumes and notable increase of exports to China. By comparison with suppliers, Cyprus is by far the biggest trader with China in fresh pineapple juice; Cyprus plays a significant role in China imports of fresh pineapple juice (NFC). In addition, the other European furthermost steady supplier fresh pineapple juices to China in the past five years were the UK, Italy. Other related countries included Thailand and Costa Rica; those major suppliers fresh pineapple juice (NFC) to China contributed a substantial proportion of total fresh pineapple juice (NFC) import to China.
  • China imports/Chinese Importers of orange juice concentrate (FCOJ). There were two main countries supplying and made a major contribution in China imports of orange juice concentrate (FCOJ). Brazil is the top supplier of orange juice concentrate (FCOJ) to China in the past five years. Then came to Israel which supplied a certain percentage of China imports of orange juice concentrate (FCOJ) for the same period. Within European countries, such as Spain, Greece, Italy. The Netherlands has remained as one of the most consistent supplier of orange juice concentrate (FCOJ) to China in the past five years.
  • Chinese Importers/Imports of pineapple juice concentrate into China. There were several countries supplying China of pineapple juice concentrate, but only two main countries supplying China and contributed the most, namely Thailand and Indonesia. Thailand supplies major percentage of China’s consumption of imported pineapple juice concentrate in the past years. Indonesia was the significant competitor in the market during certain period.

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Pork prices keep arising new high in China | Pork imports to China expanding

with Chinese pork importers Pork products import to China expanding Jul. 19 – Pork price in China keeps on arising, the average wholesale price of pork climbed 29.8 percent year on year to 21.59 yuan per kg in June, data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs this week. Chinese consumer spending on pork was around 150.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2019; it will arise to 161.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2020, data from depicts the retail sales value of pork products in China.

Pork Price in China Keeps on Arising High

The price of pork in China clings to new high. The average wholesale price of pork climbed 29.3 percent year-on-year to 20.63 yuan (about 3 U.S. dollars) per kg in May; China’s pork prices continued to rise in June and the tightness of pork supply are predicted to be intensified in the second half of the year. The average wholesale price of pork climbed 29.8 percent year on year to 21.59 yuan (about 3 U.S. dollars) per kg in June, data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs showed this week. The price of pork, staple meat in China, persisted high in the first half of the year due to tightened supply. As the recovery of hog production capacity still needs time, the upward pressure on pork prices is still very heavy. China’s hog stock declined by over 20% year-on-year last month due to multiple factors including the infectious animal disease and higher costs of pig breeding, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA)

Pork Supply in China Continues in Heavier Shortage

Since the first case of African swine fever in August 2018 in China, the Chinese government related authority – the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) takes stronger measures to stabilize pork supplies. Among others, the important supporting policy included that local governments will award incentives to major hog producing counties and allowances for African swine fever control efforts in a bid to revitalize pig farming. China produced 24.7 million tonnes of pork in the first six months of 2019, down 5.5% from a year earlier, according to figures from the National Bureau of Statistics. As hog production has been continuously declining, the pressure on pork supply has become heavier in recent months, leading to rises in the prices of beef, mutton, chicken and eggs.

Pork Products Import to China Expanding

In order to stabilize meat supply in China market, at this moment, to increase of pork import to China is one of the options. As pork, among other, is one of the most widely eaten meat in China, The country butcheries almost 700 million pigs a year, that number can’t be delivered at this moment and not foreseeable future either due the African swine fever. It is not surprising that China increase pork meat import, the volume of import keeps on amounting, according to customs data showed China pork imports jump up 24% in April from the same month a year earlier, at the same time, China imported 136,517 tonnes of pork in April. While China pork prices stand to keep rising in the second half, in order to stable meat supply, China expanded its imports of pork products. With almost 1.4 billion Chinese populations, and as the world’s top consumer of the meat, the country kept up on concerns of a coming up shortage. China’s pork meat supply shortage is now impacting the global pork industry. China market contains enormous pork import potentials by far. Given the size of the market and its growing middle class, China’s record economic growth has changed the country into a global purchasing house. For those pork meat producers and suppliers, China market provides an unique chance for meat imports and with Chinese pork meat Importers, The List of Chinese Importers for Meats Products is available upon request, please contact with DCCC, or email to: info@dccchina.org

Gin in China | GINSTR makes its way to Hong Kong and Asian markets

List of Chinese Importers/ Distributors for Alcoholic Beverages in ChinaJul. 17 – In today’s China gin market, as a main ingredient in many cocktails, China gin market is one of growing popular spirits drunk segment in China. According to China alcohol market statistics, China revenue in the Gin segment amounts to US$70m in 2019. The China market is expected to grow annually by 2.5% (CAGR 2019-2023).

Gin in China

China alcohol market is growing which the gin segment stands out, gin tonic contains spirits based on juniper with an alcohol content of 37.5 % vol. or more. Gin as alcoholic drinks, its distribution covers all retail sales via super- and hypermarkets, convenience stores or similar sales channels, or Horace encompasses all sales to hotels, restaurants, catering, cafés, bars and similar hospitality service establishments. Nowadays, to taste a drink is normal during the party time, in some occasions, it has become a part of consumption during family gathering for dinner in China, especially during friends gathering or evening party times, tasty drinks are more important to have a good time for younger generation Chinese. The best tasting alcoholic drinks in China are, among others, wine, cocktails, whiskey, vodka, craft beer. Gin in China along with its own native gin brands, imported gin attract more and more attention from the Chinese consumers, the desire for imported labels is still raising. Take UK as an example, in last few years, China imports of UK gin almost tripled in value to nearly ¥15m. The country has more than 21 million new legal drinking age consumers entering the market every year. While overall numbers still place baijiu as the spirit of choice, followed by whiskey and cognac, the new generation is predicted to change that statistic. In fact, China has played a central role in the global gin revolution, embracing the heritage and innovation of UK gin products to create traditional and modern gin based drinks. Exports of UK gin totaled more than ¥5.37bn in 2018, according to a related report. China revenue in the Gin segment amounts to US$70m in 2019. The China market is expected to grow annually by 2.5% (CAGR 2019-2023). China gin market presents growing opportunities for gin producers, gin exporters, and alcohol products worldwide.

GINSTR Makes its way to Hong Kong and Asian Markets

GINSTR is an independent German gin brand was awarded a double gold medal at the China Wines and Spirits awards 2018 (CWSA), the biggest spirits competition in the country. According to industry experts, a gin and tonic (金汤力– jīn tāng lì) is a highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water poured over ice. It is usually garnished with a slice or wedge of lime. The amount of gin varies according to taste. Suggested ratios of gin to tonic are between 1:1 and 1:3. As for German GINSTR which is refined with plant material from Stuttgart and mineral water from Cannstatt, German artisanal gin brand Ginstr has already established itself as one of the spirits industry’s rising stars, having won a gold medal at the World Spirits Award 2018 and the Gin and Tonic Trophy, where 400 jurors voted it the best gin to accompany a tonic over more than 600 other brands at the International World Spirits Competition (IWSC) last year. The start-up was founded by friends Alexander Franke and Markus Escher, who set up their distillery in Stuttgart in 2016, where they continue to produce the gin by hand, with each bottling round limited to 711 bottles. “To start with, we were making gin for our friends, and selling 50 or 60 bottles per month, or two to three bottles per day, and the company was being run from a garage. In Germany, all the barkeepers wanted it – they were hysterical about the product, and it was very often sold out,” he recalls.

GINSTR Debuting at Ozone

The brand is still modestly sized – with a team of seven in place – but it is not short on ambition, having launched at one of the world’s most celebrated bars, Ozone at Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, earlier this year, following its double-gold medal at the CWSA. It is now a permanent fixture on the menu after Mr Franke was invited to officially hand over the first bottle to bar manager Oscar Mena. “We have a nice collaboration and a signature drink [created by] Oscar,” said Mr Franke, adding that the gin is also available to purchase on Hong Kong site The Bottle Shop. Proving the city is acquiring quite a taste for artisanal gin; Ginstr will soon meet with the Hong Kong Jockey Club. “There are not so many gin brands on the Hong Kong market, and no gin is being made in Hong Kong. Hong Kong people know a lot about whisky, but gin is a bit new to them.” In addition to Hong Kong, Ginstr has made impressive inroads into the Asian market, as it’s currently available in Mainland China, Macao, Singapore, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand and Taiwan. Many Ginstr customers are based in Asia but the entrepreneur is keen to carry on meeting existing and prospective customers face to face. “It’s very important, talking to clients, and they are impressed when they see that the founders are visiting them. I’m not a big fan of employing salesmen, or working with a sales agency… for us, getting the personality [of the brand across] is important,” he said. The beverage industry worldwide will make a bee-line for Hong Kong for the International Wine & Spirits Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, on 7-9 November 2019. There is a List of Chinese Importers/ Distributors for Alcoholic Beverages in China available upon request please contact DCCC or email to: info@dccchina.org

Imported Polish apples in China – fruits & vegetables China market potentials

Imported Polish apples popular in ChinaJul. 15 – The statistics shows in April 2019, vegetable imports to China had amounted to approximately 204.22 million U.S. dollars. In 2018, China imported around 4.86 million tons of fruit, value of USD 6.95 billion. At this moment, Polish apples are popular in China, and the import volume has increased year by year.

Popular Polish Apples in China

Chinese consumers increase demand for imported quality fruit. The China import volume of fruits has rapidly increased in recent years. Although the competition is strong, and the fruit markets in first- and second-tier cities all across China are gradually becoming saturated. However, the level of consumption in second- and third-tier cities in China is on the rise as disposable income grows. This development also results in growing demand for top-quality fruits such as imported fruits. It is for this reason that imported polish apples growing popular in China. In 2018, due to weather conditions, the overall apple production in China dropped, and the supply shortage drove the market price up sharply. In the same year, Polish apples had a bumper harvest. The overall apples production and quality were both good, bringing in high value for money and creating a good opportunity to import Polish apples. Last year, Henry Wang’s company imported 34 containers of apples from Poland. As the Chinese market gradually expands, consumer demand is growing strongly, and the company plans to import 150 containers this year,” Henry introduced. “Polish Ligols and Red Jonaprinces are delicious crispy apples, they are sweet and juicy, exactly the types of apple that Chinese consumers love. After the crop is harvested, it is generally stored in ULO controlled atmosphere, guaranteeing high quality even after long storage and transportation.” Regarding the price, Henry said, “As there are currently few companies in the market that import apples from Poland, our sales price was quite high last season.”

Fresh Fruit China Import Data

China imported 483 thousand tons of fresh fruit in January, 2018. That is an increase of 8% compared with the same period in the previous year. The import value was 950 million USD, which is an increase of 31% compared with the same period in the previous year. The three destination countries with the highest import value are Chile (580 USD, an increase of 69% compared with the same period in the previous year), Vietnam (87.41 million USD, an increase of 1% compared with the same period in the previous year), and Thailand (65.11 million USD, a decrease of 27% compared with the same period in the previous year). The three kinds of fruit with the highest import value in January, 2018, were fresh cherries (import value of 550 million USD, an increase of 70% compared with the same period in the previous year; import volume of 81 thousand tons, an increase of 89% compared with the same period in the previous year), fresh longan (import value of 70 million USD, a decrease of 41% compared with the same period in the previous year; import volume of 93 thousand tons, a decrease of 32% compared with the same period in the previous year), and bananas (import value of 50 million USD, an increase of 38% compared with the same period in the previous year; import volume of 89 thousand tons, an increase of 26% compared with the same period in the previous year).

China is a Great Potential Market for European Fruits & Vegetables

China is a growing market for European fruits and vegetables. Since 2010, exports have grown steadily, reaching 15,000 tons in 2013 and 25,000 tons in 2014; with 2015 as the lowest point, while remaining at 22,746 tons. This upward trend has continued over the last two years: in 2016, exports increased by more than 60% in volume (37 000 tons) and by almost 50% in value compared to 2015. France is one of the countries which developed their exports to this destination. According to Interfel – the French inter-branch of fresh fruits and vegetables. Products from EU Member States which can already be exported to China are, for example, citrus fruit, plums and peaches from Spain, kiwis from France, Greece and Italy for the authorized produce, pears from Belgium and the Netherlands, apples from France and Poland and citrus fruits from Cyprus. Today, China market for European fruits and vegetables is raising, the further growing potential exists. Especially the current Chinese agricultural sector provides opportunities for European fruits and vegetables go to China. To discover China market opportunities, to gain competitive intelligence about key Chinese importers for edible fruits, vegetables and certain roots and tubers; edible fruit & nuts; peel of citrus fruits or melons, the List of Chinese Importers for Fruits & Vegetables is available upon request, please contact with DCCC, or email to: info@dccchina.org

More Russia food-drink exports to China | 170-bln-yuan deals signed

Chinese Importer for Food & BeverageJun. 27 – Russia food & drink, especially vodka, ice cream, purple candies, flour and soybean oil, snack and confectionery products gain popularity in China, more Russian commodities expected to import into China with quality and affordable price. Bilateral trade volume China-Russia exceeded $100 billion in 2018, recently, 170 billion yuan deals signed at China-Russia Expo, according to China media reporting.

Russian Commodities a Hit in China

Vodka, ice cream, flour and soybean oil-commodities from Russia are all the rage among a large number of visitors to the ongoing China-Russia Expo held in Harbin, capital of Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. One of the most sought-after Russian specialties at the expo is a type of chocolate candy made by Russia’s KDV Group.

In China, the confectionery is widely known as “purple candies” because of its distinctive purple wrappers. Purple candies have been catching on in China as many Chinese post photos and videos of them tasting the sweets on social network platforms and short video platforms. “My friends told me purple candies are very popular on the internet, and they do taste good,” said Harbin resident Wang Xin, who bought four packets of the candies at the expo. “I’ve often heard people say Russian products are cheap and of good quality.” For Lyu Wei, chairman of a trading company in Heilongjiang, the huge popularity of purple candies was unimaginable when his company started importing the product in 2014. “Our import volume was very small at the beginning. We never expected purple candies to become such a hit in China,” Lyu said. In 2015, Lyu’s company sold about 2,000 metric tons of purple candies to customers across China. The number skyrocketed to nearly 20,000 tons last year, which brought in revenue of more than 400 million yuan ($58 million). “Many customers bought the candies to treat guests during traditional Chinese festivals, which are usually the busiest times for our company,” Lyu said, adding that his company would receive more than 40 containers of purple candies each day during the busy season. Song Kui, president of the Contemporary China-Russia Regional Economy Research Institute in Heilongjiang, said the popularity of the purple candies in China is indicative of the latest trend of Sino-Russia bilateral trade. “Agricultural products and other foods now constitute a larger share of Sino-Russia trade, reflecting significant changes in the trade structure,” Song said. “In this context, Sino-Russia trade is bringing benefits to more people in the two countries.”

Official data showed the bilateral trade volume between China and Russia last year exceeded $100 billion, a record high. In particular, trade of agricultural products rose 31 percent year on year in the first 11 months of 2018. Song’s view is echoed by Lyu. “Purple candies have stood witness to the development of Sino-Russia trade,” he said. Lyu’s company specialized in importing Russia’s engineering machinery, wood and steel in the 1990s, but its focus has now been switched to bringing a variety of Russian foods to more Chinese tables. Lyu added that infrastructure construction in recent years has facilitated cross-border trade between China and Russia. He expected that the first highway bridge connecting the two countries, which is under construction, would further boost trade and people-to-people exchanges.

More Russian Commodities Expected to Come into China

More Russian commodities are expected to come into the Chinese market, a Russian trade representative said. With the joint efforts of related departments, manufacturers and exporters in Russia, more farm produce and food from Russia will be seen at the Chinese market, said Sergey Inyushin, Russia’s trade representative in China. China has a big demand for soybeans, corn, beef and mutton, he said, adding that cooperation in agriculture is becoming a new point of growth in the economic and trade cooperation between Russia and China. In 2018, trade volume between the two countries exceeded 100 billion U.S. dollars, and bilateral economic and trade cooperation is continuing to expand. “Last year, Russia and China enhanced cooperation in the imports and exports of dairy products and frozen poultry meat,” he said, adding Russia’s exports of agricultural products and food to China increased 51.4 percent year on year.

The two countries are also expanding cooperation in cross-border e-commerce, with a memorandum of understanding inked at the Sixth China-Russia Expo, which concluded Wednesday in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. These days, many Russian commodities can be purchased online by Chinese customers, he said. “In the future, Russia will continue to bring more Russian agricultural products and food to China via e-commerce.” From January to September 2018, trade volume via cross-border e-commerce between the two countries reached 3.7 billion U.S. dollars, up 23 percent year on year. For companies want to explore China market opportunities, and to connect with Chinese importers, there is a List of Chinese Importer for Food & Beverage is available, for more information, please contact with DCCC or email to: info@dccchina.org

170-bln-yuan Deals Signed at China-Russia Expo 2019

Finally, more than 380 deals, worth over 170 billion yuan (about $24.6 billion) were signed during the Sixth China-Russia Expo, which concluded Wednesday in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. The expo, which opened on June 14, attracted more than 1,700 enterprises from 74 countries and regions, according to the organizing committee. The event also received about 234,000 visitors, said the committee. A number of sideline activities were held during the expo to promote China-Russia cooperation at local levels. The China-Russia Expo has served as an important platform for bilateral economic and trade cooperation since it was inaugurated in Harbin in 2014. The Fifth China-Russia Expo was held in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg last year.

Olive oil in China | market booming | olive oil Chinese importers

olive oil Chinese importers Jun. 25 – China’s booming olive oil market is linked to increasing awareness of health diet among Chinese consumers. In 2017, China’s olive oil imports from the world amounted to around 37 thousand tons, the sales value of oils in the Chinese market totaled around 14.4 billion U.S. dollars, according to related statistic, of consumer goods, food & nutrition.

Olive oil in China

Olive oil in China gains attraction, with growing size of middle class and changing cooking habits of new generation Chinese, olive oil China market is booming as recently reported. It is wide believed that olive oil is one of the healthiest diets in the world, and it is a key factor of the celebrated ‘Mediterranean diet” – fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and pulses. According to Mintel research, Chinese way of cooking are more steaming and boiling less frying and scorching. This style is more obvious among aged around 30 married Chinese consumers. This lighter cooking trendy style is likely to remain widespread among Chinese families; Olive oil as a healthier ingredient adds more value to the food and to the way of Chinese cooking which to complement steamed or boiled foods. Nowadays, salad is trendy in Chinese dinner table, especially, as salad is becoming a popular diet among food item in China, and salad item often presented in restaurant menu card. The same is true with creating more personal taste of salad by add olive oil to it, more fit in the choice of individual flavors preferences, and more Chinese consumers are trying to recreate simple and healthy salad dish in the comfort of their homes by “do it yourself”, olive oil on-pack as a salad dressing or as a composite ingredient to make a dressing contain suitability for market development potential in China. Above of all, olive oil as salad healthier addressing has added-value to the flavors, it is a booming , however, olive oil prices is comparably expensive to other oils in China, between RMB 70 up to RMB 200 per liter. In the past, Olive oil prices averages at RMB 98 (USD 16.1) per liter, which is significantly higher than the remaining cooking oil market, which averages at RMB 17. As reported the Chinese market has started to appreciate foreign olive oil for various reasons during the past years. Even if the global consumption of olive oil has decreased, it actually increases in China. With double digits annually. Currently, Spain has benefited the most from this, accounting for about four-fifths of China’s total olive oil imports. Italy, Greece and Turkey are also among the countries with a share of the pie in this market, especially, reduction in production costs in Italy and China’s tariff reductions on olive oil from Italy, have boosted the popularity of Italian olive oil with Chinese consumers, and countries like Italy, Greece and Tunisia to adapt to Chinese consumers’ attitudes towards oil and their changing eating habits to continue increasing market share in this market in the future.

Olive Oil Market in China

With almost 1.4 billion population, China’s record economic progress has converted the country into an overall purchasing driving force. Particularly the magnitude of the market and its proportions of middle class, China is significant, it impacts global countless industry. At this moment, China’s olive oil market is booming. As we see an increase in the number of health-conscious consumers limiting the amount of oil in their diets. Traditionally, China is not olive oil consumption nation despite olive oil is considered to be one of the healthiest diets in the world. But now, olive oil market in China can be described as “small volumes used to, big market sizes to count on”. At the recent 2019 Eighth edition of World Olive Oil Exhibition in Madrid indicated that consumption of olive oil has increased consistently for the past 20 years worldwide, with Spanish producers making an effort to crack important expanding markets, such as the U.S. and China. Why Chinese consumers are fond of olive oil in their diets and cooking? it all begins with the increased wealth, increased awareness of health, and increased demand for more wellness in today’s China. Olive oil, It is widely believed that, among others, is one of the key ingredient of the healthy ‘Mediterranean diet’, that’s explained more about recent changes in growing olive oil consumption in China.            

These numbers speak capacities:

  • China accounts for 0,2% of the world olive oil production; the country produced only 5.000 tons of
    olive oil in 2016-2017, compared to the 2.539.000 tons produced globally (according to
    International Olive Council Production/Consumption/Imports Reports);
  • China’s olive oil imports from the world amounted to around 37 thousand tons in 2017, the sales
    value of oils in the Chinese market totaled around 14.4 billion U.S. dollars (according to statista);
  • China’s population consumed around 45,000 metric tons of olive oil in 2017, this figure marks
    China olive oil consumption volume;
  • There are over 300-brand olive oil appears in China market, which are nearly 100% imported from
    Spain, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Tunis, Portugal, Jordan, Australia, Argentina and etc.;
  • The average proportion of imported olive oil has been keeping the increases nearly 30% per year,
    according to a related graphic: China Imported Olive Oil data (ton);
  • It is anticipated 40,000 tons olive oil will be imported to China in the coming year.

Though these numbers only reveal part of the portrait of olive oil in China, they display China’s consumption wave move toward better and healthier direction. Despite this trend, the market is fragmented with different notions of health, reflected in spending decisions. While local Chinese olive oil companies are gaining traction, international brands in the quality and excellence category are still leading the industry. Chinese consumers still value the stringent food safety standards, improved quality and innovation that foreign brands promise, and they are willing to pay premium prices for them. As we see an increase in the number of health-conscious Chinese consumers limiting the amount of oil in their diets, more Chinese prefer healthier olive oil, China’s olive oil market is booming bigger in the near future.

Olive Oil Importers in China

China imports olive oil has been going on for a quite long period, at least with more than 10 years recorded statistics up to 2017; the average proportion of imported olive oil has been keeping the increases nearly 30% per year, according to a related graphic: China Imported Olive Oil data (ton). olive oil production in China accounts for 0,2% of the world production, there were 5.000 tons of olive oil produced in China, and 2.539.000 tons produced globally during 2016-2017, according to a related data from International Olive Council Production/Consumption/Imports Reports. Olive oil production in Chin is a rather tiny amount when compared with its 1.4 billion populations. However, it is anticipated 40,000 tons olive oil will be imported to China in the coming year, and the China olive oil market is getting more stable as imports is a remedy for curing the deficiency of olive oil supply in Chinese market. As one of the healthier food with nutrition value, olive oil is more and more welcome in China. There are over 300-brand olive oil appears in China market, which are nearly 100% imported from Spain, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Tunis, Portugal, Jordan, Australia, Argentina and etc. The main consumption cities of olive oil in China concentrated on major larger cities and middle-sized cities, such as: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Tianjin other large and middle sized cities. For international olive oil producers, olive oil imports/exports companies attempt to seek the market opportunities in China, the List of Chinese Importers for Olive Oil is available, For further information. Please contact DCCC– the organization assists foreign companies to connect with reliable Chinese importers, distributors for Consumers Goods, Food-Beverages. Email info@dccchina.org

Consumer goods in China move towards Premiumization

Consumer goods in China move towards premium productsJun. 21 – Premiumization is a growing new phenomenon in China market with consumer goods; on-going premiumization is altering Chinese consumer’s habits. Consumption of fast-moving consumer goods in China remained robust in 2018, growing at a rate of 5.2%. Among others, premiumization playing a significant role in consumer goods sector of China mass market, according to a recent industry report.

Sense of Premiumization with Consumer Goods

Premiumization is simply a means of getting customers to pay higher prices for a brand or product. As a related report indicated that it’s about delivers value to customer, growth to the brand, and stretching the category norms upwards and creating a demand for customers to pay higher category prices. Here are some numbers from the latest China Shopper Report from Kantar Worldpanel and Bain & Company, Premium Products, Small Brands and Now New Retail. In 2018 the growth rate for the consumer goods sector is higher than the previous year’s 4.7 percent, with premiumization again playing a significant role in the sector as average selling prices rose by 4.6 percent and consumers continued to demonstrate a willingness to pay. “We continue to see premiumization playing an important role, as Chinese consumers favor goods that promise to improve their health and lifestyle,” said Bruno Lannes, partner in Bain’s Consumer Products Practice in China and a co-author of the report. “Brands can still encourage trading up, giving a much-needed boost to categories in which volume is either flat or slumping.”

Home Care and Personal Care Categories Grew at a Fast Clip

The report has tracked the shopping behavior of Chinese consumers across 106 fast-moving consumers goods categories purchased for home consumption in China for the last eight years. Home care and personal care categories grew at a fast clip, while food and beverage consumption increased at a slower pace, the report said. If measured by value growth though, soybean milk expanded the fastest at 49%, followed by mouthwash and oyster sauce. Chewing gum posted the lowest growth rate. Smaller brands are growth leaders compared with established and major brands in China as they grow faster than the top five brands in all categories except cosmetics and packaged water as consumers constantly looked for new brands and more character in their products. “The new reality is that many incumbent brands watch small brands doing an impressive job of serving specific consumer needs, responding in everything from R&D to digital marketing with agility and flexibility,” said Jason Yu, general manager of Kantar Worldpanel in China. The other major emerging trend involves New Retail. The report showed for the first time the growth limits of online penetration in China.

New Hope for Offline Stores

Overall, e-commerce channel growth slowed slightly to 30.6% between 2017 and 2018, compared with 35.1% annual growth between 2014 and 2018. Penetration in first-tier cities leveled off at around 80% in 2018. This trend offered new hope for offline stores to reformat themselves to offer seamless integration of online and offline shopping experiences. Large store formats also showed potential for growth, but it will require them to take on new roles such as reinventing themselves by upping their game in fresh food. For example, hypermarkets started to serve as a logistics base for 30-minute delivery of goods ordered online through leading delivery platforms in 2018. The report suggests that brands grow with winning channels and anticipate retailers’ consolidation by developing high-value and personalized products to make the most of the demand for high-end goods. For retailers, it is critical to redesign store portfolios in the new retail format and make the store experience more attractive by leveraging new technologies, the report said. For the List of Chinese Importer For Personal Care Products is available upon request, please contact with DCCC or email to: info@dccchina.org

China’s new wave pork meat deficiency – Pork importers in China

Pork importers in ChinaJun. 19 – Pork consumption in China is continuing rising despite pork disease in China at this moment, pork production in China is fall behind demand lead to pork price arising too. In short term, pork problem in China will not resolve easily and quickly. Pork importers in China are busy than ever to link the global pork producers, to bring pork into China market.

Pork Consumption in China

China butcheries almost 700 million pigs per year, by comparison with other meats, and pork meat is the most widely eaten meat among Chinese consumers. About the per capita consumption of pork products in China, in 2019, Chinese consume on average 34.2 kilograms of pork per person, and the number will grow to 34.7 in 2020, meat product imports to China had amounted to approximately 847.2 million U.S. dollars, according to statista 2019 predicated. In 2026, an average Chinese citizen is expected to consume 55 kilograms (121 pounds) of meat per year, up 10% from 2017. Pork will remain Chinese people’s favorite meat in the years to come, making up about 60% of all meat consumption, followed by poultry, beef and veal, and mutton and lamb, according to a related China report.

Pork Production in China

China’s pork production will fall by up to 20% in 2019 as African swine fever hits production of the meat in the world’s top hog market, statistically speaking, China’s pork local production in 2019 will be between 50 million and 51 million tonnes which lower than last year’s 54 million to 55 million tonnes, China normally books for about 50% the world’s output of the meat, as said by the research Rabobank. China’s pig herd declined by 15% in 2018, significantly weakened in the fourth quarter after the disease began spreading rapidly, according to Rabobank estimates. Pork output was 54 million tonnes in 2018, as stated by the China’s statistics bureau. At the same time, pork problem in China would lead to the drop in feed demand; China’s pig feed consumption down 25-30% in 2019, and overall feed demand down from 12 to 15%, as said by Chinese insiders.

Pork Demand in China

Geographically, China is not beef consumption nation, but pork. Given the size of the market and its growing middle class, China’s pork market demand is now impacting the global pork industry. Chinese pork consumption grew year-over-year for decades, nowadays, with China’s unprecedented economic growth, has transformed the country into a global purchasing powerhouse. As the China market contains almost 1.4 billion inhabitants, brand-savvy Chinese consumers still deeply value the stringent food safety standards, improved pork meat products quality that imported foreign brands promise, and they are willing to pay premium prices for them, the growing middle class is the major purchasing power. The higher demand for quality pork in China is more than Chinese producers can supply, that means pork import to China is nu-avoidable on the rise which the beneficiaries of China pork market amazing opportunity is global pork producers, it’s time to care about the demand of China pork market.

Pork Importers in China

In 2019, China’s pork imports are set to double from last year to 2 million tonnes, according to a Rabobank analyst. China demand for more pork (Meat and edible meat offal, fresh, chilled or frozen), pork meat importers in China is not easy to connect directly, besides there are necessary rules and regulations regarding pork import into China, pork import to China goes through different procedures , however, the crucial steps are only a few. The number one step to get into the China market is to connect with Chinese importers for pork meat in China, obviously, for many pork producers, this is the key to get into China pork market, bring their pork products to Chinese consumers. In order to help pork meat producers, import/exports businesses, the List of Chinese Importers/Distributors for Foreign Pork Products in China is available upon request, please contact with DCCC, or email to: info@dccchina.org.