Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co Ltd, the Chinese dairy giant, announced on Friday [21 November 2014] its plans to invest in four dairy projects in New Zealand for a combined 3 billion yuan ($489 million) to build the world’s largest dairy base. The project’s scope will range from raw milk processing, UHT (ultrahigh temperature […]

Chile is set to sign seafood treaties with China at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing to further facilitate Chilean seafood imports to China, Chilean officials said Wednesday [5 November 2014]. Raul Sunico Galdames, head of Chile’s fishery and aquiculture administration, told Xinhua that his country will ink cooperation deals with China […]

China and Australia signed a preliminary free trade deal on Monday [17 November 2014] that will make 85 percent of all Australian exports to China tariff-free from the outset and raise it to 93 percent before 2019. The deal, once takes effect next year, would give Australia’s service industry greater access to the Chinese market […]

Around 60 Portuguese companies, including almost 50 wine producers, are taking part in two trade fairs in Shanghai, Pro Wine China and Food and Hospitality China, with a view to boosting Portuguese exports, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported on Wednesday [12 November 2014]. Portuguese Minister for Agriculture and the Sea Assuncao Cristas attended the inauguration […]

Finding a single taste that appeals to customers across all geographies has been the dream of every chocolate maker. But Bert Alfonso, president of international business at The Hershey Co, believes that it is equally important for companies to have products that succinctly blend local and international flavors, for sustained growth in key markets like […]

Lying on the western bank of the Mississippi River, the New Orleans suburb of Westwego (pop. ~9,000) would seem to have little in common with Shenzhen, the thriving southern Chinese metropolis of 15 million people located some 8,500 miles away. In September 2014, their distant connection became front page news when the family-owned American agribusiness […]

China’s second-largest dairy producer and the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) cooperative will build a plant in Kansas to produce powdered milk for the world’s most populous country. DFA will invest $70 million and Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co Ltd will put up $30 million for the plant, which will produce 80,000 metric tons […]

Blue notes beside the vegetable in a branch of Yonghui Supermarket in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, show farm produce free of pesticide residue. “The notice is helpful so that I can choose healthier food,” said a customer surnamed Lin, one of the city’s safety-minded shoppers. “For ten years, we have been cooperating with local farmers […]

Burma will sign a bilateral trade agreement with China geared toward increasing agricultural cross-border exchange, Union ministers told The Irrawaddy on the sidelines of the 25th Asean Summit in the capital Naypyidaw this week. While the agreement targets an increase in the general trade volume, it will likely have the greatest effect on rice exports […]

The head of Sagarpa in Michoacan, Pedro Benitez Velez, said that in order to export their products, and prior to the signing of the export agreement, Chinese inspectors had to visit the orchards and facilities of the fruit that would be sent to the eastern country. According to him, the Chinese officials were interested in […]

Thailand has surpassed China to become the largest exporter of vegetables and fruits into Vietnam via official channels. Official statistics show that by the end of September, imports of vegetables and fruits from Thailand valued at more than US$135 million, compared with nearly $100 million from China…Full Article: Thanh Nien News Nov 2014 Key Points […]

McDonald’s China has denied that it has imported or used genetically engineered potatoes after the US Department of Agriculture approved a genetically modified (GM) potato developed by a McDonald’s supplier. “McDonald’s China does not use genetically modified potatoes. The potatoes that McDonald’s China uses are in line with the national laws and regulations,” the public […]

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