A string of restaurants discovered using poppy capsules for seasoning have exposed a shocking practice in China’s food industry. On Wednesday [27 January 2016], authorities busted a noodle restaurant for adding the potentially-addictive poppy capsule into mutton noodles in Yulin City, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, according to the local Huashang Newspaper…Full Article: Xinhua Jan 2016 […]

Textile producer Shandong Ruyi Group is believed to be in takeover talks with SMCP SAS, the owner of French fashion brands Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot, according to media reports in Hong Kong. Bloomberg said the clothing group could be worth more than $1 billion in the sale. Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts acquired […]

Supply-side reform is the main theme of the No. 1 Central Document on agriculture this year. President Xi Jinping has reiterated that we should properly expand total demand, enhance structural reform of the supply side, increase the quality and efficiency of the supply system and strengthen sustainable economic growth impetus. The State Council, China’s cabinet, […]

China plans to make the water use in agriculture more efficient with measures such as tiered pricing, wider use of drought-tolerant crops and rewards for water conservation. “Agriculture, which consumes vast amounts of water, is where the potential of water conservation lies. However, the price for water used in agriculture is been relatively low, which […]

Chinese buyer Lu Xianfeng announces its recent U.S.$280 million acquisition of Australia’s largest and oldest dairy farm Van Diemen’s Land Company (VDL) in northwest. The VDL was owned by various New Zealand entities. Late last year, its current owner New Plymouth District has agreed to sell the farm to Moon Lake Investments, owned by Lu […]

China’s leading feed machinery manufacturer Muyang will make Egypt its base in Africa and the Middle East because of the country’s great location and abundant labor. With its expertise in producing silo, it will help Africa solve the waste in storage and transportation by offering silo that could meet the needs of both African States […]

CJ Cheiljedang Corp, South Korea’s largest food company, is buying a controlling stake in Shanghai-listed Meihua Holdings Group, a monosodium glutamate seller, for an undisclosed amount. Under the deal, CJ will transfer its biological fermentation assets in China to Meihua. In return, Meng Qingshan, the controlling shareholder of Meihua, and other shareholders will transfer part […]

A shortage of donkey hides used to produce the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) “ejiao” has resulted in a deluge of imitations, with around 40 percent likely to be fake. Donkey-hide gelatin, known as ejiao in Chinese,is made by boiling the donkey’s skin and refining the results into a tonic. Ejiao is mainly taken by women […]

On January 14, the Peruvian Embassy in Beijing held an event to promote the country’s mango imports to China that drew dozens of entrepreneurs, members of the media and others. Juan Carlos Capuñay, the Peruvian Ambassador to China, gave a speech in which he welcomed the guests, invited them to taste some Peruvian mangos and […]

China’s domestic blueberry production has ballooned in recent years. History of the industry goes back to 1983, with large scale production taking off since 2000. A recent prominent company merger between Golden Wing Mau and Joyvio has underlined the popularity of the fruit: Joyvio is one of China’s largest blueberry producers and owns farms in […]

China has imported 18.6 million kg of Zimbabwean tobacco leaf so far this year as the Asian giant continues to assert its dominance as the biggest buyer of the country’s leaf, statistics from the industry regulator show. Statistics released to Xinhua Monday by the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) show that China bought 18.6 […]

With over 5 million hectares of potatoes China is the biggest potato producer worldwide and the Chinese government plans to extend it to 10 million hectare until 2020. But today only 20 % of the crop is harvested by machinery which shows a high potential for modern agricultural technology. For more than 5 years the […]