More than 16 Chinese bakery-industry companies and their 14 Canadian counterparts discussed food innovation and trade relations between Canada and China recently in Toronto. “We hope to introduce the Canadian ingredients into the food processing industry in China; it will bring innovation to the industry and help the industry to expand … market share in China,” said Jaclyn Zhang, chairwoman of the Canada China Trade Innovation Alliance (CCTIA) on April 28. “Meanwhile, we encourage Chinese agri-food industries to invest and export to Canada.”…Full Article: China Daily May 2016

Key Points

  • According to a Deputy President of the All China Bakery Association, China’s bakery industry is interested in using Canadian wheat, blueberries, and maple syrup as food ingredients.
  • In 2015, Canada’s Minister of International Trade visited China as part of an agri-food trade mission.
  • In 2014, Canada’s Prime Minister visited China as part of a business/trade mission.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In June 2015, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) representatives visited Chongqing, Shanghai and Beijing. During the visit, AAFC signed various deals with China. For instance. AAFC signed an agreement with the Chinese e-commerce site JD.com in Beijing. As a result, JD.com will launch a page dedicated to selling Canadian agri-food and fish and seafood products before the end of 2016.
  • In 2014, agricultural goods accounted for approximately 25% of trade between Canada and China. During that year, China imported 4.3 million MTs of canola seed and 500,000 MTs of canola oil from Canada.
  • China Association of Bakery & Confectionery Industry a state-owned industry association based in Beijing that promotes the production of bread, pastry products, candies, and other types of processed food.
  • Canada China Trade Innovation Alliance (CCTIA) is a Toronto-based non-profit organization that works to increase bilateral trade between the two countries.

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