Category Archives: China

ConAgra Foods Acquires Chinese Potato Processor TaiMei Potato Industry Limited

Here’s a copy of ConAgra’s latest acquisition announcement, a very interesting $93 million move after just finishing a $200 million expansion of its Lamb Weston frozen potato plant in Boardman, Oregon. Seems like ConAgra is putting a lot of attention to the Asian market. OMAHA, Neb.– (BUSINESS WIRE) — Jul. 14, 2014 — As part…

The World Is China’s Grocery Store

We all know that many of the goods that we see on the shelves of any US store – computers, appliances, apparel, toys, costume jewelry, stationery, books – are made in China. Many food items are also imported from China, top among them being seafood (tilapia, cod, clams), garlic and apple juice. But did you…

China Goes ‘Organic’ After Food Safety Scares

Numerous and repeated incidents of contamination/adulteration of food and health safety issues in China have been making big news the world over. Over the past few years, babies have died after drinking melamine-laced milk, restaurant-goers have taken ill after consuming food fried in “gutter” oil, high levels of pesticides and chemicals have been found in…

China’s Continued Steps to Improve Food Safety

China has been battered by a series of food-related scandals, from chemically contaminated baby food and nutritionally substandard oil to fraudulently presented ‘branded’ food. In the past few years, there have been numerous cases of avian flu in chickens, some strains being passed on to humans. This resulted in mass culling of chickens. A recent…

China moves farmers into cities – You are Welcome Vietnam!

China is pushing ahead with a sweeping plan to move 250 million rural residents into newly constructed towns and cities over the next 12 years — a transformative event that could set off a new wave of growth or saddle the country with problems for generations to come. A Japanese newspaper reported that farmers in…

China Diabetes Epidemic

Yesterday I read an article on how China’s Diabetes epidemic is worse than previously estimated, a Chinese national survey shows that 11.6% of adults, or 114 million, have the disease. The Journal of the American Medical Association adds 22 million diabetics to a 2007 estimate, roughly the entire population of Australia. The Brussels-based International Diabetes…

The End of the Chinese Economic Miracle

George Freidman the founder and chairman of Stratfor, a private intelligence outfit based in Austin, Texas, laid out his thesis that China’s export strategy is running out of gas as wages there rise. Friedman makes the point that China’s income inequality and over-reliance on exports to the developed world would leave China without the domestic…

Where will it end?

Recently I’ve been finding more and more articles talking about how China economic bubble is about to burst and how the Chinese government has decided to gamble with their own population to try to stop this from happening. China has announced a plan to move 250 million people into high rises by 2025… 250 million!…

China’s Roaring Retail Market

China’s food and grocery market has grown at a tremendous pace in the past few years, and is currently valued at over US$1 trillion. Research firm IGD forecasts that the Chinese grocery market will continue its global domination over the next few years, steadily rising to a valuation of US$1.5 trillion in 2016. Further, research…

China’s Avian Flu – A Crisis for KFC?

As impact from the H7N9 avian flu in China widens, food safety concerns are spreading from across individual household buyers to fast-food consumers in the country. Microbiologists from the Chinese Academy of Science have identified the H7N9 as a rare strain, originating from a mingling of viruses between migratory birds such as chickens, ducks and…