Washington-based Wholesaler Costco Enters the Chinese Market

Costco Wholesale COST -0.61% Corp., the largest U.S. warehouse-club chain, is entering China for the very first time. The Issaquah, Washington-based company has opened a store on T-Mall, an online marketplace Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba operates alongside the Taobao bazaar. The store, where consumers can buy Costco baby care goods, beauty items, dietary supplement as

Minnesota-based Logistics Firm is Considering Establishing Grape Packing Operations in China for Welch Foods

Logistics business C.H. Robinson is considering setting up grape-packing facilities in China, in a bid to capitalize on growing market demand and overcome labor shortages faced with existing operations. During the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Connections: China event last month, export manager Julie Escobar told www.freshfruitportal.com that packing operations for China-bound Welch’s grapes were

Taiwan Reaffirms Position to Ban U.S. Imports of Ractopamine-Pork amid TIFA Negotiations

Taiwan will insist on barring imports of US pork containing the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine, the Council of Agriculture said Tuesday. The council said that US pork currently accounts for between 18%-20% of the country’s exports, with the US Department of Agriculture issuing certificates that particular batches do not contain ractopamine residue. The official made the

Tianjin Rejects American Corn Shipment due to Unapproved MIR162 Strain

China’s Tianjin municipality has returned a batch of corn shipment tainted with a genetically-modified (GM) strain not approved by the country’s agriculture ministry, the local quality watchdog said. The 21,800-ton shipment from the United States was to be used as animal feed but was found to contain the unapproved MIR162, a strain of insect-resistent transgenic

The Port of Shenzhen Rejects U.S. Corn Shipment due to Transgenic Content

China’s quality watchdog said on Friday [29 November 2013] that China has recently rejected 60,000 tons of corn imports from the United States which contains unapproved transgenic content. Local authorities in the southern port city of Shenzhen found MIR162, a type of insect-resistant transgenic corn, among a batch of over 60,000 tons of corn imported