Bulgarian wine production sector is stable and wants to increase its exports to China, Minister of Agriculture and Food Hristo Bozukov told reporters here on Tuesday [14 February 2017]. After a period of stagnation, things have been stabilized thanks to European aid and subsidies, Bozukov said during the celebration of the feast of the wine growers, which was held at the vineyards of the Institute of Viticulture and Enology…Full Article: Xinhua Feb 2017

Key Point

  • In 2016, according to Bulgaria’s Minister of Agriculture and Food, Bulgaria exported more than 5 million liters of wine to China.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In July 2016, Bulgaria’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food stated his ministry wanted increased cooperation within the 16+1 mechanism.
  • In 2015, mainland China imported 319,238 liters of (bottled) Bulgarian wine, while Hong Kong imported 94,445 liters.
  • In April 2014, Bulgaria was seeking to host the Agro Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum between China and Central Eastern European Countries (started in 2010), which has traditionally been hosted in China.
  • In June 2013, Bulgaria’s Klas Oil and China’s Sinopharm International Corporation signed a contract to supply China with ~US$2 million worth of sunflower oil.
  • In December 2012, 14 private Bulgarian wine cellars were permitted to export wine to China.
  • Launched in 2012, Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (aka the 16+1 mechanism) serves to promote economic trade between participating European countries and China. In 2012, China-CEE leaders met in Warsaw, followed by Bucharest (2013) and Belgrade (2014).

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