Shanghai, Guangdong, Shandong, and Jiangsu Top China’s Dining Consumption Index

Shanghai tops other cities in a dining consumption index, while Guangdong, Shandong and Jiangsu provinces top the rankings in terms of absolute transaction value, according to data compiled by Alibaba’s lifestyle service unit, Koubei. Those in Xiamen, Guangzhou and Tianjin prefer Western food more than consumers in other regions, while Shanghai residents favor Cantonese and

Shanghai Proposes Strengthening Online Food Safety Regulations

Shanghai’s food safety watchdog has proposed tightening the rules for online food ordering and delivery services, including making it mandatory for a food provider to have a physical restaurant location. A draft of revised regulations for the industry, drawn up by the city’s food and drug administration, has been made available for public comment until

Beijing Forecasts 2,800 MTs of Daily Kitchen Waste by 2020

Two large machines are buzzing and emitting a slight odor of fermentation inside the kitchen waste disposal room. The 40-square-meter room is in the corner of a residential district in Beijing’s Xicheng district. Food scraps from more than 2,100 households and a canteen are “swallowed” by these two machines and undergo deep processing…Full Article: Xinhua

Food Delivery App, Meituan Waimai, Causes Outrage in Henan Province

Meituan Waimai, one of China’s three largest online catering service platforms, has fired an employee for regional discrimination in recruitment which triggered a public outcry. The employee, Tian Yuan, sparked an online uproar Wednesday as viral posts showed Tian asking for recommendations of a candidate for the company’s position of product operator by offering a

Beijing-based South Korean Barbecue Chain Cuts Ties with Lotte amid THAAD Deployment

Some China South Korean-style restaurants declared their relationship with Lotte, amid a domestic boycott against Lotte after the group signed an agreement with the South Korean military to provide land for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system deployment. Multi-brand catering enterprise Halla Group released a statement on its website Tuesday, announcing that it

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

Taco Bell to Relaunch in Mainland China with More Hot Food Options and New Special Sauces

Taco Bell, the Mexican-themed chain under Yum Brands Inc, is making a comeback in the Chinese mainland to test diners’ appetite for nachos. The latest drive marks a test for Yum China Holdings-which operates household names such as KFC and Pizza Hut and has just become independent through an initial public offering-toward its goal of

Hong Kong’s CITIC and USA’s Carlyle Group Acquire an 80% Stake in McDonald’s China

Fast-food chain McDonald’s Corp announced on Monday [9 January 2017] the sale of 80 percent of its Chinese mainland and Hong Kong operations to a consortium including CITIC Ltd and Carlyle Group LP. The move will help it expand amid growing competition, but analysts warned challenges remain…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2017 Key Point As