Hong Kong’s Fosun Group to Buy Out Asahi Group’s Stake in Tsingtao Brewery

Fosun Group, one of China’s biggest buyers of overseas assets, has turned its sights back to its home turf, as it buys out a Japanese shareholder in one of the country’s oldest and biggest breweries…Full Article: South China Morning Post Dec 2017 Key Points Fosun International (HKG:0656) will out Asahi Group’s stake in Tsingtao Brewery

Japanese Toki Apples and Laotian Pineapples Enter the Chinese Market

This week, the import market is still recovering from the holidays. South East Asian and Southern Hemisphere fruit, like mangoes, oranges, blueberries and avocadoes, are mainly occupying the market. However, the Chinese import market has also welcomed some new products, namely Laotian pineapples…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Oct 2017 Key Points In general, the Chinese market

Beijing’s Chaoshifa Supermarket Chain Signs Cooperation Agreement with Japan’s Lawson

Retail veteran Chaoshifa Market has been given a new lease of life. The Beijing-based supermarket chain caters for middle-aged and senior citizen customers, and has been operating in local communities since 1997. But this month the group opened three, small outlets in Beijing with the Japanese convenience store franchise, Lawson China Holdings Inc, in a

China Extends Anti-Dumping Duties on Chloroprene Rubber

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) announced Tuesday [9 May 2017] that it will extend anti-dumping duties on chloroprene rubber imported from Japan, the United States and the European Union for another five years starting Wednesday…Full Article: China Daily May 2017 Key Point In 2005, China imposed anti-dumping duties on chloroprene rubber (aka Neoprene, a synthetic

Japan’s Agricultural Cooperative, Zen-Noh, to Establish Rice Joint-Venture in China

The umbrella organization for Japan’s farming cooperatives plans to start selling rice directly in China this fiscal year, seeking to cut out the layers of middlemen that have sent retail prices through the roof…Full Article: Nikkei Asian Review Apr 2017 Key Point Japan’s Zen-Noh, aka the National Federation of Agricultural Co-operative Associations, is the sole

Japan’s Asahi Group Sells Off its Shandong Farm and Dairy Business Due in Part to China’s Underdeveloped Cold Storage Logistics

After about a decade of expansion in China, Japan-based beverage maker Asahi Group Holdings has decided to sell off its farm and dairy business in the country. Asahi launched its farm business in 2006 in East China’s Shandong Province, using Japanese agricultural technology and experience in vegetable production, according to a report by ribenxinwen.com on

Hong Kong Temporarily Bans More Poultry Imports from Poland and Japan Due to Bird Flu

Hong Kong food safety officials have placed a temporary suspension on the import of poultry meat and products from three more regions – in mainland China, Japan and Poland following the detection of bird flu strains in these areas…Full Article: South China Morning Post Dec 2016 Key Points Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS)