Following through on a pledge to support American employment, online retailer Alibaba Group Holding is teaming up with two U.S.-based food companies to sell in the Chinese market…Full Article: Nikkei Asian Review June 2017

Key Point

  • In June 2017, during the Gateway business conference in Detroit, Alibaba Group (Tmall) signed Memorandum of Understanding agreements with USA’s Driscoll’s (strawberries) and Chicken of the Sea International (canned seafood).

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  • In May 2017, Alibaba Group signed a MoU agreement with Argentina in Buenos Aires. As a result of the MoU, Argentinian agriculture goods may be distributed/marketed via Alibaba’s Tmall.
  • In March 2017, Germany’s ALDI supermarket chain announced it was partnering with Alibaba’s Tmall Global. ALDI Australia, a low-priced bulk distributor, will likely focus on selling wine, snacks, and breakfast products in China.
  • In September 2016, Alibaba Group’s Tmall launched an online store to promote Australian wine. The new wine online store on Tmall.com will be managed by China’s Vinehoo.com.
  • In June 2016, New Zealand’s Fonterra announced they would sell their “Tip Top” brand of ice cream on Tmall.com.
  • In January 2016, Australia’s Blackmores and Bega Cheese JV launched three infant formula products for sale in Australia (store shelves) and China (Tmall.com).
  • In September 2015, German hypermarket retailer Metro Group announced it would open an online store on Tmall.com to sell a variety of goods including dairy products, canned food, chocolate, and coffee.
  • In November 2012, the Beijing headquartered Vats Liquor (owned by Wu Xiangdonghas) obtained the Chinese distribution rights for the Bordeaux-based wines of Lafite, Chateau Latour, Chateau Margaux, and Chateau Mouton Rothschild.
  • Launched in 2008 and owned by Alibaba Group, Tmall.com was spun off from Taobao.
  • Launched in 2003 and owned by Alibaba Group, Taobao is an e-commerce platform that sells a variety of products (e.g. clothing, appliances, electronics, healthcare products, and more) directly to the consumer.

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