GM Debate Intensifies as Gansu Province Orders Food Vendors to Display GM Food on Separate Shelves

The food and drug authority in Northwest China’s Gansu Province on Thursday told markets to set up special zones for genetically modified (GM) food. The move was designed to guarantee the consumers’ right to know what they are buying…Full Article: The Global Times Dec 2013 Key point By 1 March 2014, Gansu food vendors must

E-Commerce Website Taobao to Sell Taiwanese Mullet Roe to Wealthy Chinese Consumers

Taiwanese mullet roe is targeting high-end Chinese consumers on leading shopping website Taobao with a price tag of 2,000 yuan (US$330) for 450 grams. A Taiwanese delicatessen will be launched on Dec. 12 when the “Taobao Taiwan Pavilion” opens…Full article: WantChinaTimes Dec 2013 Key point Mullet roe, a delicacy produced in Japan and Taiwan, currently

France’s Carrefour Hopes to Have a Presence in Over 100 Chinese Cities by 2016

Carrefour, the world’s second-largest retailer by sales, Thursday said the company planned to open more than 20 hypermarkets every year on the Chinese mainland, a reflection of great ambition and confidence in the country’s highly competitive retailing market. Currently, Carrefour operates 236 hypermarkets in 73 cities on the mainland…Full article: The Global Times Dec 2013

Wumart Supermarkets Bolster Fresh Food Business in Order to Compete Against Foreign-Owned Rivals

Wumart Stores, a leading supermarket chain on the mainland, plans to enhance its fresh-food operation and expand to eastern cities to compete against bigger rivals such as United States giant Wal-Mart Stores and Sun Art Retail’s RT-Mart. Earlier this year, the company established a fresh-food business unit to improve its business in vegetables, fruits, meat

Amid Expansion Plans in 30 New Chinese Cities, France’s Carrefour Announces Potential IPO for Taiwanese & Chinese Investments

On 25 June 2013, it was reported that French hypermarket operator Carrefour SA is exploring a sale of its China and Taiwan businesses that would involve either an initial public offering in Hong Kong or putting some of those assets in a tie-up with another company, according to people familiar with the matter…Full-text article: Fresh Launches Pick-Up Service in 24/7 Convenience Outlets in Shanghai announced that it has cooperated with FamilyMart retail convenience stores in the launch of a pick-up service in Shanghai. Nearly 100 pick-up sites will be launched in the first wave, covering most areas in the city…Full-text article: ChinaTechNews Apr 2013 Key point FamilyMart, a Japanese-owned convenience store chain, entered the Chinese market in 2004

International Retail Giants Slow Expansion, while Domestic Supermarket Chains and E-commerce Markets Exhibit Strong Growth

The concept of a “convenience” store jars with 55-year-old retired doctor Xu Zeng ever since her nearest one, just downstairs from her apartment in Liwan district of Guangzhou, closed. Xu now has to walk for at least 20 minutes every morning to get a bottle of hot milk or steamed stuffed buns for breakfast. “Store

Chocolate Most Popular Food among Online Chinese Shoppers Prior to Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)

With the coming of the Spring Festival, a traditional shopping boom appears in the Chinese consumer market. Data published by on Jan. 16 reveals that 4.8 million customers came to do their Spring Festival shopping on Taobao since Jan. 8 when Taobao started its Spring Festival sales. Particularly, 4.5 million customers bought groceries valued

Japan’s Aeon Group Opens First MaxValu-Branded Premium Food Supermarket in Guangzhou

Japanese retail and financial services giant Aeon Group has opened the first MaxValu-branded premium food supermarket in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. The move means that Aeon now has all of its three retail brands — Jusco, MaxValu and Aeon Mall — present in the Chinese market. The new MaxValu store in Guangzhou has a floor area