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Valio to sell lactose-free milk powder in China

Finnish dairy company Valio has started exporting lactose-free consumer milk powder to China.

Patience is a virtue when mastering China, Cosucra finds

Far East business is now getting “hot” for Belgian vegetable protein supplier Cosucra after five years of expanding in China.

China’s tiny baked goods category now ripe for foreign investment

Though its baked goods market is 125 times smaller than its counterpart in Europe, China still holds enormous potential for businesses exactly because of this low per-capita consumption.

Chinese astaxanthin wins EU novel foods approval

Competition is hotting up in the astaxanthin space, as Novel Food authorisation for BGG’s AstaZine line of natural astaxanthin ingredients marks the entry of a new player into the European...

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WITec opens China office to offer local presence

WITec has opened an office in Beijing which will host customer events.

British beef exports to China, worth millions, move closer

New British beef exports to China – potentially worth millions of pounds – moved a step closer recently, after Chinese officials visited Britain to judge levels of animal welfare and...

China supplements market uncovered (part two): Which health claims can entice Chinese citizens?

Analysis of the top 20 claims of new health supplement launches in China between 2014-16 shows products targeting female and seniors are on the rise, with claims related to bone,...

DSM and China firm By-Health seal deal for CVD collaboration

DSM has sealed a strategic collaboration agreement with Chinese supplement firm By-Health to develop new cardiovascular health products containing tomato extract ingredient Fruitflow.

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Another dairy importer suspended as officials target Australian firms

In a further sign that Chinese authorities are strengthening their supervision of imported infant formula, a major Australian manufacturer with a 100-year history has seen its Chinese business registration suspended.

Chinese confections and snacks compete for sweeter spot on e-commerce during Double 11

Alibaba, China's largest e-commerce platform, reached record sales of $15bn during Double 11 this year, prompting domestic confectionery and snack brands to step up their web strategies. 

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China cross-border e-commerce: Posturing and a policy of appeasement

China will allow cross-border e-commerce (CBEC) trade to continue, after Beijing recently announced the extension of a grace period for the sale of foodstuffs through this channel that don’t comply...

How fruit's genes make everything seem peachy

Chinese scientists have uncovered how a peach appears “peachy” after identifying genes involved in 12 key qualities of the fruit, from hairiness of the skin to the tartness of the...

European-style cured ham builds momentum in China

A leading pig breeder from China is launching European-style premium cured ham products to shield it from future falls in hog prices. 

China supplements market uncovered (part one): Minerals and dietary supplements out-performing vitamins

Minerals and dietary supplements are leading the nutrition industry’s charge in China, with vitamins lagging behind, according to a new report which suggests the total market will reach RMB124bn (USD$20bn)...

US Senators: We need faster GM approval process by China

Several US Senators have called on the Obama administration to make the approval process for GM products a focus in upcoming trade talks with China.

Declining nutrient intakes still a worry in growing China, researchers say

Despite economic growth and reduction in income poverty, calorie intakes and nutritional wellbeing are declining in China, warn researchers.

Trademark difficulties hamper Monster’s launch plans in China

Trademark issues and intense local competition among manufacturers have been holding up Monster Beverage’s charge into China. Yet its brand owners have high hopes for its fate in the world’s...

World Meat Congress 2016

China’s meat demand ‘higher than expected’

China will continue to import huge quantities of pork despite its stagnant economic growth, analysts at the World Meat Congress stressed. 

Hong Kong and EU universities partner for food safety centre

European universities are to work with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) on food safety.

Chongqing: The beef capital of China

An ambitious Chinese provincial official wants to displace imported beef with home grown product.

China’s pork imports boom, but EU share slumps

China’s pork imports continue to gather pace despite the European Union’s (EU) market share falling in the world’s most coveted pig meat arena.

USDA: China’s soybean imports, feed use expected to increase

Feed and protein meal demands are set to increase China’s soybean imports to a record level, says USDA attaché group.

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Italian and Chinese officials discuss beef safety

Experts from the Italian Ministry of Health and China Food and Drug Administration met to discuss Italian agro-food products last week.

Market research confirms emerging Chinese consumer trends

Nearly half of Chinese consumers now consider themselves to be “adventurous” when it comes to trying out new food and beverage products—a substantial increase over the respondents to the same...

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HK consumer survey finds sizeable sugar rush in traditional desserts

The amount of sugar in a small bowl of sweet soup in Hong Kong should not be under-estimated, according to tests conducted by the region’s Consumer Council and the Centre...

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