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

China’s Kweichow Moutai Liquor Signs MoU with the Government of San Francisco

China’s top alcohol brand Kweichow Moutai signed Saturday [14 October 2017] a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a visiting San Francisco government delegation in a bid to promote bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, culture and tourism. Under the MoU, Moutai will open an office in San Francisco to increase its sales in the city and

British Food and Drink Delegation Visits Beijing and Shanghai

A group of UK food and drink makers returned from China on Monday [25 September 2017] after marketing British-made delicacies there, including clotted cream from Cornwall and gin and juice from Devon. Nine food and drink manufacturers, drawn mainly from Southwest England, participated in the weeklong trade mission. The trip was organized and funded by

Guizhou Province Bans Alcoholic Beverages at Government Events

Southwest China’s Guizhou Province has vowed to outlaw alcohol drinking at all government events and official receptions for the provincial civil servants, which an expert said is aimed at regulating officials’ behavior and enforcing the Party’s eight-point rules on austerity…Full Article: The Global Times Aug 2017 Key Point In September 2017, a ban on alcoholic

Airport Named After China’s National Liquor Opens in Guizhou Province

A new airport, named after China’s national liquor Moutai, will officially open in September in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, said Moutai Group on Monday…Full Article: Xinhua Aug 2017 Key Point Renhuai Maotai Airport is located in Moutai Township, Renhuai City, Guizhou Province. The airport plans to host flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Kunming.

Sichuan Baijiu Producer Looks to Remain Footing After Dismal 2015

Shuijingfang, a Chinese baijiu maker, aims to move upmarket to expand the brand with new investment and increased marketing. John Fan, general manager of the Shanghai-listed company, told a shareholders’ meeting on Tuesday [6 June 2017] that the premium baijiu, or rice liquor, sector in China was experiencing rapid expansion…Full Article: ECNS.cn June 2017 Key

Kweichow Moutai to Team Up with Xiuzheng Pharmaceutical to Produce and Market “Healthcare” Liquor

Chinese liquor giant Kweichow Moutai Co plans to expand into the health tonic liquor market by partnering with Xiuzheng Pharmaceutical Group. The two companies have signed a strategic partnership agreement to start cooperation production and sale of the liquor. The two companies also plan to set up a joint venture…Full Article: China Daily May 2017

COFCO to Distribute Scotch Whisky

One of Scotland’s oldest whisky producers said it is tapping into the lucrative Chinese thirst for the drink after securing a major distribution deal with one of China’s food and beverage giants. Loch Lomond Group, based in Alexandria in Scotland, has entered into a partnership with China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corp, also known

British Food and Beverage Exports to China Rose in 2016

A growing taste for meat, dairy, beer and “afternoon tea” products among Chinese consumers contributed to a 51 percent increase in British food and drink exports to China in 2016, making it the UK’s fastest growing market…Full Article: ECNS.cn Mar 2017 Key Point In 2016, the UK exported GBP 439.5 million (US$546.6 million) worth of