This cooling-treat, which traveled thousands of miles from Russia to China, has been a lifesaver for many this Beijing summer. Produced by Russian company IceBerry and sold in Qing-Feng Steamed Buns Shop, a time-honored brand in Beijing, this ice cream has gained popularity recently…Full Article: Aug 2017

Key Points

  • From January to June 2017, Russia exported ~209 MTs (USD 775,000) to China via the Manzhouli border point,
  • In 2017, according to the CEO of Russia’s IceBerry, the company hopes to export approximately 500 MTs of ice cream to the Chinese market.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In early September 2016, during the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin gave Xi Jinping Russian ice cream as a gift. The majority of Russian ice cream imports enter China via the Quarantine Bureau of Manzhouli, northeastern China.
  • According to a 2015 report, China annually consumes approximately 5.9 billion liters of ice cream, the most worldwide. Another analysis noted that annual Chinese ice cream consumption stands at 4 liters per capita.
  • From 2010 to 2015, Chinese (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) imports of ice cream products increased from 9,861 MTs to 23,869 MTs. In 2015, approximately 25% of Chinese ice cream imports entered via Hong Kong, while the remaining 75% entered via the mainland. In 2015, France was the largest supplier (11,288 MTs), followed by South Korea (4,590 MTs), and Thailand (2,116 MTs). New Zealand was the fifth largest supplier at 794 MTs.
  • In 2014, China’s ice cream sales totaled US$11.4 billion.

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