One of Lithuania’s largest dairy producers has sent the first product delivery to China amid fresh efforts to enter the Chinese market, the company announced on Wednesday [15 March 2017]. Rokiskio Suris, Lithuanian dairy group with annual sales of around 200 million euros (212.7 million U.S. dollars), has sent the first testing cargo of lactose to business partners in China…Full Article: ECNS.cn Mar 2017

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  • In early 2017, Vilkyskiu Pienine became the first Lithuanian company to supply dairy products to China when it exported 20 MTs of mozzarella.

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  • In August 2016, China approved 16 Lithuanian companies to export their dairy products to the mainland.
  • In July 2015, government officials from China and Lithuania discussed agricultural trade. The Chinese lead representative expressed interest in potential Lithuanian-Chinese joint ventures and noted that Lithuanian companies should group together if they hope to successfully supply the mainland market. At the time, Lithuanian agricultural exports to China were minimal but the Baltic country did supply frozen blueberries, whey powder, wheat starch, alcoholic beverages, as well as rice and corn products.
  • In April 2015, 12 Belarusian food companies were permitted to export dairy products to China. During the same month, China’s Hangzhou Wahaha Group (beverages and soft drinks) was exploring business/economic opportunities with Belarus. During the same month, Belarus exported 20 MTs of milk products (powder and pasteurized) to China as an initial test shipment.
  • In March 2015, China granted permission to Slovenia to export dairy products.
  • In early February 2015, Chinese food inspectors visited Slovenian farms, a milk collection facility, and two dairies.
  • In August 2014, Russian banned agricultural imports, including fresh produce, from various Western countries over sanctions relating to the Ukraine crisis.

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