Chinese Maoists protested against Alibaba’s Tmall Global Wine Festival on September 9, calling it “unethical” as the date coincides with founding leader Mao Zedong’s death anniversary. Mao died on September 9, 1976…Full Article: The Global Times Sept 2017

Key Point

  • In April 2016, Alibaba’s Jack Ma announced the launch Tmall’s September 9 Wine Festival. The date was chosen because, in Chinese, the number nine sounds like “jiu,” which (depending on the tonal pronunciation) also means wine or alcohol.

ChinaAg Comments

  • 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 will be managed by China’s
  • Launched in 2008 and owned by Alibaba Group, was spun off from Taobao.

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