China Launches 7 New Free Trades Zones Across the Country

Seven new free trade zones (FTZ) began operation across China on April 1, with the aim of further opening up the country and coordinating development between various regions. The new zones are in the provinces of Liaoning, Zhejiang, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan and Shaanxi, as well as in Chongqing municipality, with each area having its own

Police in Mianyang, Sichuan Province, Arrest Individual Who Sold Meat from Wild Animals to Local Restaurants

Forest police in Mianyang, Sichuan province, have seized a suspect in connection with the storage and trading of nearly two metric tons of meat from wild and endangered animals, such as black bears, pangolins and owls…Full Article: China.org.cn Jan 2017 Key Point During the summer of 2015, Sichuan Province’s forest police/bureau in Mianyang were alerted

Royal FrieslandCampina’s Joint Venture with China Huishan Dairy Off to a Positive Start

Dutch dairy company Royal FrieslandCampina will bring its “Dutch Lady” dairy brand to more places in the country, its CEO said at a press event on Tuesday [6 December 2016]. The “Dutch Lady” dairy products, developed by FrieslandCampina’s joint venture with China Huishan Dairy Holdings Co, officially hit the market in September [2016]. So far,

France’s Carrefour to Pivot Towards Smaller Convenience Store Format in China

French retailer Carrefour SA continues to shift its focus from its traditional hypermarket business to smaller convenience store format-planning to open 40 to 50 in Shanghai this year. The company said it has seen encouraging sales trends in China thanks to fresh products. The transformation of its business models in the country “has continued and

Construction Begins for Chinese Financed Agricultural Project in Central Uganda

First, they sold us their made-in-China goods; then they came to build our roads; then they rode on the roads into our shops, hotels and supermarkets; and now the Chinese are in Uganda’s gardens growing food to sell abroad. The latest evidence that China is digging in came last Tuesday in Ngaaju-Ndibilungi village, Butambala sub-county

Carrefour’s E-commerce Service to Expand to Sichuan Province by mid-2016

Supermarket chain Carrefour is expanding further in China’s online market, with the launch of e-commerce in the capital Beijing on Thursday [28 April 2016]. After its Shanghai debut in June 2015, Carrefour’s e-commerce service became available in Beijing via personal computers and mobile applications. The service will reach residents in Chengdu, Southwest China’s Sichuan Province,

New Zealand’s Kiwifruit Producer, Zespri, to Expand its Operations to Shaanxi, Chengdu, and Chongqing

One of New Zealand’s largest producers of kiwifruit is considering the possibility of growing its variety of the fruit in China as part of a plan to source it from local growers and ensure a year-round supply. Zespri International Ltd announced the plan on Thursday [21 April 2016] in Shanghai at the launch of the

China’s Blueberry Industry Continues to Show Robust Growth

China’s domestic blueberry production has ballooned in recent years. History of the industry goes back to 1983, with large scale production taking off since 2000. A recent prominent company merger between Golden Wing Mau and Joyvio has underlined the popularity of the fruit: Joyvio is one of China’s largest blueberry producers and owns farms in