After several years of trainings and preparation, from the start of the 2014-2015 purchasing year, Nestlé will only purchase coffee beans that have passed the 4C verification in Yunnan. In order to assist Yunnan coffee planting conforms to international coffee industry trends, and to help coffee growers comply with international standards, under the support of local government, since 2012, Nestlé coffee expert has started providing 4C (Common Code for the Coffee Community) associated trainings for coffee companies of long-term cooperative relations, and to date, 5 batches of over 2,600 cooperative partners have passed the 4C verification, benefiting about 36,000 coffee growers and covering nearly 200,000 mu (13,333 ha) of cultivated area…Full Article: China Daily Nov 2014

Key Point

  • During the 2012 to 2013 coffee crop season, approximately 33% of coffee bean procured from Nestle (Pu’er) met the 4C verification. The majority of these beans were not sold domestically but exported internationally.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2012, China produced approximately 70,000 MTs of green (raw) coffee.
  • Coffee production in China is focused on Yunnan province, which accounted for 90% of China’s output in 2012. In 2009, Guangdong province halted coffee production, while Hainan Island produces ~440 MTs annually.

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