China’s Ministry of Finance Lowers Import Tariffs on a Variety of Agricultural Products

The Ministry of Finance announced on Friday [24 November 2017] cuts in import tariffs on some consumer products starting from December. The reduction of import tariffs will affect 187 tariff codes, including on food, health supplements, pharmaceuticals, garments and recreational products, and the average rate will drop to 7.7 percent from 17.3 percent, according to

Hangzhou’s Nongfu Spring to Use Finnish Birch Sap for its New Skin Care Product Line

China’s bottled water conglomerate, Nongfu Spring, is tapping into the skin care market, the Hangzhou-based company announced on Sunday [26 November 2017] night. But instead of using aqua, which tops many skin care product ingredients, the company said “there isn’t a single drop of water” in three of its newly launched products, which are facial

Nestlé Waters Hopes to Increase Sales of Perrier and San Pellegrino in China

Perrier has made quite a splash since Nestle SA launched the brand in China 20 years ago. Famous for its elegantly-shaped green bottle, the sparkling mineral water label has enjoyed unprecedented high growth this summer. Sister brand San Pellegrino has also cut a dash in the more upmarket restaurants across the country…Full Article: ENCS.cn Sept

Tianjin Customs Seizes Smuggled Beverages Illegally Imported from the USA, Mexico, Russia, and the EU

Tianjin Customs in north China announced on Wednesday [5 July 2017] that it has smashed a smuggling case involving some 5 million liters of wine, beers and mineral water. It was estimated that the drinks involved were worth nearly 500 million yuan(about 74 million U.S. dollars)…Full Article: Xinhua July 2017 Key Point Tianjin Customs agents

Coca-Cola and COFCO Joint-Venture Opens Bottling Plant in Hunan Province

Coca-Cola, the global leader in the beverage industry, announced Tuesday [11 April 2017] that its biggest bottling plant in central China began operating in Hunan Province. The new plant is designed to accommodate nine production lines — four for water products, four for sparkling beverages and one for juice and juice drinks. Four lines were

Tibet’s Bottled Water Output Predicted to Reach at least 1 Million MTs in 2017

The output of bottled natural drinking water from Southwest China’s Tibet autonomous region, known as “Asia’s water tower,” will surpass one million metric tons this year. Qiu Chuan, deputy director of the regional industry and information technology department, said Tibet has more than 40 bottled water production lines with combined capacity of 3.25 million tons

Zhejiang-based Bottled Water Company Ceases Production of 19-liter (~5 gallons) Barrels

Bottled water company Nongfu Spring said yesterday it had decided to cease production of barreled water in Beijing permanently following a temporary suspension order imposed by the capital’s quality watchdogs in a dispute over standards. The company said that nearly 100,000 residents in the city who had prepaid would be given five 4-liter bottles of