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Eurasia Consult scans the food news from China on a daily basis.

On this page, we regularly drop a few lines of what we believe to be interesting information picked up during all that scanning. We will select items that do usually not reach the international media. We will make an effort to start with a clean page each Monday.

Update 15/10/2018

  • Researchers at the Don Technical State University in Russia are developing a vending machine for various types of Chinese tea (white, green, Pu’er, Oolong, Jasmin). The machine will be able to adapt the temperature to the optimum for each type of tea.
  • China has produced 10,068,004 mt of sugar during the first 7 months of 2018.
  • China has produced 33,241,459.57 mt of raw salt during the first 7 months of 2018.
  • The following table shows a the output of selected products during the first half of 2018
Product Output (mt)
Wheat flour 52,435,400
Vegetable oil 25,304,857
Instant noodles 3,784,507
Dairy products 13,282,080
Drinking milk 12,358,408
Milk powder 486,915
Canned food 4,684,554
Ice cream 1,543,764

Update 16/10/2018

  • Fruit juice maker Huiyuan has launched an series of fruit-flavoured soda drinks Qiqi Ta. To attract the attention of young white-collar workers, the bottles are decorated with various requests to ones boss for leave or permission to work from home.
  • A survey was conducted recently into the customer satisfaction for a number of foods and beverages. The following table shows the top 3 brands for selected product types.
Type 1 2 3
Bottled water C’est bon Baisuishan Nongfu Spring
100% fruit juice Huiyuan Weiquan MeiriC Nongfu Spring
Fruit drinks Huiyuan Yeshu Minute Maid
Functional drinks Maidong Red Bull Gatorade
Tea beverages Lipton Chef Kong Uni-president
Instant coffee Nestlé Café Mocha Audun
Drinking milk Deluxe (Mengniu) Yili Sanyuan

Update 17/10/2018

  • Bright Dairy & Food (Shanghai) has acquired the 66.27% stake in pastry maker Shanghai Niupeng Food originally held by Bright Holding.
  • The Ice Cream China 2018 trade fair was held in Tianjin, October 11 – 13, 2018. Approximately one third of the 380 exhibitors were ingredient suppliers.

Update 18/10/2018

  • Operators of Chinese shopping malls and office buildings report only 30% of coffee shops and tea parlours in their premises are profitable.
  • The China Fermentation Industry Association has published production figures of major products for the first half of 2018. The following tables list figures of some of the main product groups and of selected individual products. The change compared to the same period of 2017 is also indicated.

Product groups

Product Volume (mt) Growth (%)
Amino acids 1,920,000 -10.7
Organic acids 1,160,000 5.4
Starch sweeteners 7,580,000 3.0
Polyols 800,000 1.3
Enzymes 750,000 8.0
Yeast 228,000 4.0

Individual products

Product Volume (mt) Growth (%)
MSG 1,080,000 -10.0
Lysine 600,000 -14.3
Threonine 200,000 0.0
Citric acid 760,000 8.6
Lactic acid 71,000 5.9
Tartaric acid 300,000 0.0
HFCS 2,100,000 5.0
Maltose syrup 1,900,000 1.1
Crystalline glucose 1,800,000 2.8
Sorbitol 660,000 0.0
Xylitol 30,000 0.0
Maltitol 70,000 0.0

Update 19/10/2018

  • While most Chinese instant noodle brands are struggling to survive in a saturated market, Kemen has realized a 66.87% rise in profit in the 3rdquarter of 2018.
  • A number of rice brands have been certified during a conference held in Harbin this month.
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