Logistics business C.H. Robinson is considering setting up grape-packing facilities in China, in a bid to capitalize on growing market demand and overcome labor shortages faced with existing operations. During the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Connections: China event last month, export manager Julie Escobar told www.freshfruitportal.com that packing operations for China-bound Welch’s grapes were currently limited to the U.S. and Chile…Full Article: FreshFruitPortal.com Apr 2014
- The Welch’s representative noted that they already work with Fruitday.com in the Shanghai market and are considering using them as a packer. In general, Welch’s must sell to the retail market, even though the majority of fruit in China is sold via the wholesale market
- In early March 2014, it was announced that Fruitday.com received financing from a Shanghai-based private equity firm to expand its business
- Grape production is situated along the northwestern and eastern areas of China. In 2011, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region accounted for 1.7 million MTs or 19% of Chinese output, Hebei province 1.1 million MTs or 12% of total output, and Shandong province 985,000 MTs or 11% of output.