Germany’s Aldi Teams Up with Alibaba’s Tmall

German supermarket franchise Aldi has been taking ground from Australia’s dueling retail giants, Woolworths and Coles since 2001. It now hold around 15 percent of the supermarket space with 350 stores across the country and A$4 billion ($3 billion) in annual sales. With the help of Tmall Global, operated by Alibaba, Aldi is now expanding

Alibaba’s Tmall Fresh and Europe’s Global GAP Announces Partnership

Tmall Fresh and GLOBALG.A.P. jointly announce their recently founded partnership. From now on, Tmall Fresh, which is operated by Alibaba Group, will source fresh produce from GLOBALG.A.P. certified producers…Full Article: Global GAP Feb 2017 ChinaAg Comments In November 2016, Alibaba’s Tmall (November 15th to 21st) and Yiguo.com (November 17th to 30th) held online promotions for

China Food and Drug Administration Forcing Online Restaurants to Have Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Businesses selling food and providing catering services online are now required to show their food trade licenses and have brick-and-mortar stores, according to China Food and Drug Administration, reported the Beijing News. The requirements came as part of an administrative draft designed to improve supervision of online food and catering services…Full Article: ECNS.cn Feb 2017

Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei Team Up on Agricultural Research

Beijing continues to strengthen agricultural research and innovation as the country calls for deepening structural reform in the agricultural sector. An agricultural innovation lab, jointly established by Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province in December, will offer technological solutions on food safety, farming environment and pest control…Full Article: ECNS.cn Feb 2017 Key Points The Beijing Academy

Alibaba Group Opens Australian and New Zealand Headquarters in Melbourne

Alibaba Group Holding Limited on Saturday [4 February 2017] opened its Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) headquarters in Australia’s Melbourne. “With a local office and expert team, Alibaba Group will help Australian and New Zealand businesses share their world-famous products with billions of customers around the world,” Jack Ma, Alibaba Group Founder and Executive Chairman

Beijing Food and Drug Administration Closes 225 Online Restaurants

Beijing’s food safety watchdog has ordered 225 online meal ordering and delivery businesses to close shop since December, local officials said Saturday [7 January 2106]. According to Beijing Food and Drug Administration, most of the problem stores were operating without a license. They were registered on the country’s three largest online catering service platforms —

Chinese Dairy Producers under Pressure from E-Commerce Imports and Price Competition

Some Chinese dairy producers have seen gross profit margins of their infant formula milk powder products continue to decline due to the impact of foreign brands, high costs and inventory pressures. So, more producers are trying to target healthy products. The two-child policy in China didn’t trigger sales growth of the domestic dairy sectors, which