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Dan Siekman

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Spring Festival Update: Cherries, the Internet and Middle Class Angst in China

In recent days Chinese netizens have been discussing rising costs and financial insecurity in a novel way: they are using the term “cherry freedom,” as in one blog post titled “I’m 26 years old, my salary is RMB 10,000 per month but I still haven’t achieved ‘cherry freedom’.”

February 01, 2019
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Shanghai Filmgoers Enjoy New Blue Pop Movie Snack with Blueberries from Chile

In order to celebrate the 2018/19 Chilean blueberry season and promote regular snacking on fresh blueberries, the Committee today held a “Blue Pop” movie screening in Shanghai, with audience members enjoying striped rectangular boxes filled with fresh Chilean blueberries instead of the traditional popcorn.

January 28, 2019
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Argentine Cherries Added to China's List of Permitted Imported Fruit

The 16 January update was the first new version of the permitted fresh fruits lists issued by GAC this year, and is included here in full. Last year, ten types of fruit gained approval for import into China, down from 17 new types in 2017.

January 21, 2019
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The updated list of which fresh can be exported to China was published on GAC's website, dated 16 January 2018

Exclusive Interview: Marketing Philippine Mangos in China

We spoke to one of the leading importers of Philippine mangos into China. While Philippine mangos are among the best available in China, domestically or imported, the product faces challenges with awareness.

January 18, 2019
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'Luzon' Mangos from the Philippines in their China retail packaging

2018 Policy Review for Fresh Fruit Imports into China

Key factors influencing imports of fresh fruits into China in 2018 included continuous growth in Chinese consumer demand for fruit, expanded market access in China for more types of fruit from new regions, faster customs clearance, the ongoing trade friction between China and the US and new Chinese MRL standards.

January 16, 2019
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An excerpt from the new Chinese MRL standards that came into force on December 21, 2018

Major New Soil Pollution Legislation Comes into Effect in China

The new Soil Pollution Prevention and Control Law, which was passed in August by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of China, came into force on the first day of January. It is China’s first comprehensive soil pollution prevention and restoration legislation.

January 08, 2019
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2018/19 Cherry Sea Shipments: Smaller Volumes but More Vessels

One major difference so far in this year’s Chilean cherry season compared to previous years is the frequency of arrivals of ocean shipments. Last year, there was generally one arrival per week carrying a very large volume of cherries. This year, in addition to the fastest Hamburg Sud “charter” vessels arriving weekly from Valparaiso Chile to Hong Kong, there are also shipments coming on vessels operated by Hapag Lloyd and Evergreen.

January 07, 2019
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David Liang of Shanghai Guohai Trading Co. Ltd. (center)

Hema "Chile Week" Welcomes New Year with Cherries, Avocados and Blueberries

According to April of Hema, the Chile Week promotion represents a first step in cooperation with ASOEX, and Hema looks forward to working with ASOEX and its committees, such as the Chilean Cherry Committee, Chilean Avocado Committee and Chilean Blueberry Committee, to share more high quality Chilean fresh fruits with its customers.

January 03, 2019
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Alibaba Hands Over Tmall Supermarket Fresh Management from Yiguo to Hema

Alibaba Group announced on December 24 that it plans to hand over management of the Tmall Supermarket fresh food section to its Hema Fresh supermarket division. Currently, the Tmall Supermarket fresh section is being operated by Alibaba-invested company Yiguo.

December 31, 2018
Dan Siekman

A screenshot of the website version of the Tmall Supermarket fresh section

Exclusive: Inside the 2018/19 Cherries from Chile Promotional Campaign

Produce Report invited Charif Christian Carvajal and Rachel Cao of ASOEX to give an online interactive lecture on December 25 to an audience composed of professionals from many different parts of China’s fresh fruit industry The goal for this lecture to explain how Cherries from Chile will promote its products in China for this season, which runs from November through February.

December 29, 2018
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Charif Christian Carvajal at a recent Chilean cherry wholesaler season promotion event

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