Global dairy cooperative Fonterra will invest $550 million [~US$467 million] in Chinese dairy giant Beingmate to increase access to the lucrative infant milk market. The deal includes a 20 per cent share of the Chinese company and joint ownership of Fonterra’s state-of-the-art milk powder factory at Gippsland in Victoria. Under the proposed agreement, Beingmate will […]

A prolonged drought in northwest China’s Xinjiang has left about 200,000 people in need of emergency aid, including drinking water, said the region’s civil affairs department Saturday [23 August 2014]. In seven counties of the Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of Ili in northern Xinjiang, more than half a million people and 3.46 million head of livestock […]

An association of famers in southern central Taiwan’s Yunlin County exported 20,000 kilograms of pomelos to China Friday [22 August 2014], its first shipment of the fruit to the Chinese market. A total of four containers of pomelos grown in the county’s Douliou City, known for their thin skin and juicy sweetness, were shipped to […]

The Ugandan government is in talks with China to boost agricultural production in the East African country, Uganda’s minister of agriculture Tress Buchanayandi said Thursday [21 August 2014]. Buchanayandi said that they are negotiating with China to have a second phase of the current agricultural project where China sent 31 Chinese agricultural experts and technicians […]

Premium liquor maker Kweichow Moutai Co Ltd is planning to enter supermarkets and open online stores to offset flagging margins from the recent government austerity measures. The company said on Monday that it was forming a joint venture with Yonghui Superstores and Shenzhen Guomaoyuan Commerce and Trade Co Ltd to sell its products through Yonghui supermarkets…Full […]

Twenty-three Polish agricultural and food companies will take part in this year’s Food Expo fair in Hong Kong which starts on August 14 [2014], deputy head of Agricultural Market Agency (ARR) Lucjan Zwolak said on Monday [4 August 2014]. Poland’s government and Polish entrepreneurs have been looking for new markets and China is a very […]

Vietnam’s agricultural exports to China have seen a slight dip as local farmers scramble to search for new markets. Between January and July [2014], the cassava exports to China reached around US$572.3 million, a 3.12 percent decrease year-on-year. Around 85 percent of Vietnam’s cassava and cassava-products are exported to China via the northern border, according […]

An official in China’s south-central Hunan Province took matters into his own hands and used his microblog to report official corruption in China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). He charged that for almost a decade growers of a sweet-smelling herb in southern China have lost millions due to the CFDA’s actions. Lu Qun is deputy […]

Yet another export giant will exit the wool game, citing poor margins and falling demand from China as reason for the decision. Queensland Cotton was one of Australia’s leading wool export companies, selling on about 150,000 bales annually, but parent company Olam International is shutting the division down. The move follows Landmark’s 2013 decision to cease […]

China continued to rank second among importers of Vietnamese cashew nuts after the United States in the first half of 2014, despite the shrinking market, according to statistics released by the Vietnam Customs Tuesday. Vietnam Industry and Trade Information Center (VITIC) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade on Tuesday quoted the information from Vietnam […]

Originally posted on Pig Penning:
When a journalist in Beijing contacted me yesterday to ask my thoughts on the China Cuisine Association’s (CCA) current attempt to get Chinese food on UNESCO’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ list, I had exactly zero thoughts on the issue, since I’d heard exactly nothing about it. But after reading that the goal of…

China will directly export fruit and vegetables to Russia after the Russian government banned import of agricultural products from western suppliers, according to on Tuesday [12 August 2014]. Baorong, a wholesale company dealing with agricultural products between China and Russia, is reportedly building a special logistics center in Heilongjiang province’s Dongning, which is near […]


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