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Dan Siekman

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Walmart China Unveils Consumer Traceability Initiative

Customers at a Walmart store at Wanda Plaza in the southeastern coastal city of Xiamen can now scan certain packaged vegetables with their phone to see the vegetable’s history going back to the farm. The company hopes to eventually roll out the project nationally, and said that it hoped to achieve traceability for 40% of its packaged vegetable SKUs in China by 2020.

May 25, 2018
Dan Siekman
Carrefour Steps into China's "New Retail" Fray

Carrefour’s 4,000m2 retail concept Le Marché is the latest entry in China’s now-crowded field of “new retail” supermarket brands: small to midsize supermarkets with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and prepared food.

May 24, 2018
Dan Siekman

Image: Tencent via Caixin

Yunnan Floral Expos are Top Draw for Industry Insiders

Three concurrent events will be held at the Kunming Dianchi International Convention and Exhibition Center on July 13 to 15: the 19th Kunming International Flower Expo, the 18th China Floriculture Retail Forum and the China Home Gardening Expo.

May 19, 2018
Dan Siekman
Zespri to Conduct 'Commercial Trials' with China Sourced Kiwifruit in 2018

Zespri plans to choose one Chinese green and one red variety as the final products to source and market domestically in China. It does not plan to trial or provide local growers in China its proprietary green Hayward, sweet green or yellow varieties.

May 09, 2018
Dan Siekman

The Zespri booth at Asia Fruit Logistica in 2015. Currently, Zespri sources counter-seasonal kiwifruit for the Chinese market from Italy.

China Fruit Logistica Conference Highlights

The conference and knowledge-sharing portion of China Fruit Logistica is open to all China Fruit Logistica visitors, and takes place in the same hall as the exhibition, which is open from 10am to 4pm daily.

May 08, 2018
Dan Siekman
China Fruit Logistica Premiers on May 14

This year marks the first ever China Fruit Logistica, to be held next Monday through Wednesday, May 14 to 16th, at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing.

May 08, 2018
Dan Siekman

Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing

China Quarantine Authority Orders Stepped-Up Inspections of US Fruit

According to industry sources in Shanghai and Shenzhen, as far as those sources can ascertain, all shipments of US fruits entering port in those two cities are currently being subjected to on-site inspections, which typically take no more than a day. Additionally, in Shenzhen, as far as the source there has seen, all shipments of US fresh fruits are being subjected to laboratory testing.

May 06, 2018
Dan Siekman
China's Domestic Fruit Industry and What it Means for Imports

Overall, rising standards of living and changing consumer trends are setting up China’s fruit market for a “golden era” of growth and development over the next decade—with bright opportunities for both international and domestic producers who can overcome key challenges and adapt to consumers’ demand for differentiated and high-quality fruit.

May 01, 2018
Dan Siekman

Lu Fangxiao, President of the China Fruit Marketing Association

China now "Rivaling Japan" as Zespri's Top Market

In a significant departure from last year, the company said it will this year directly manage a portion of the China-side repacking and shipping of imported New Zealand kiwifruit, which began arriving in China on April 11. 

April 27, 2018
Dan Siekman

Zespri Greater China GM Holly Brown, CEO Daniel Mathieson, and External Relations Manager Nick Kirton

With Thai Durian Deal Alibaba Once Again Shows it Can Move Fruit

How long does it take to sell 80,000 Thai durians directly to consumers? Apparently, if you are China's Alibaba Group, the answer is less than one minute. What's more, Alibaba has signed a deal with the government of Thailand to purchase three billion RMB (USD 473.6 million) worth of Thai durian over the next three years.

April 26, 2018
Dan Siekman