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Dan Siekman

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Walmart and JD announce Fresh Assemble Initiative

Called "Fresh Assemble", the initiative is aimed at streamlining Walmart's fresh supply chain and expanding Walmart's offerings of fresh goods available for home delivery.

April 24, 2018
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China Announces Anti-Dumping Measures against US Sorghum

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on Tuesday that as of April 18, US exporters would be required to pay a 178.6% deposit on all shipments of Sorghum to China.

April 19, 2018
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PMA Fresh Connections China: Discovering China's New Retail Landscape

Super Species, Hema and other new brands like 7Fresh from and Huixuan from Walmart are all relatively freshly established and are all competing against each other to be the replacement for traditional wet markets for urban consumers’ daily food shopping needs.

April 18, 2018
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Exploring the fresh fruit section at a Hema Fresh supermarket.

Season's First New Zealand Kiwifruit Arrive in China

The Zespri SunGold brand fruit arrived at Nangang Port aboard the refrigerated cargo ship Klipper Stream, which sailed from Tauranga on March 30.

April 12, 2018
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Mr Avocado: New Ripening Center, 3-4 Times Sales Growth in Next Three Years

Mr. Avocado, a brand which has only been on the market for about a year, is a joint venture among dominant global avocado supplier Mission Produce, Chinese importer Lantao, and Pagoda, a chain of thousands of fruit retail shops across China.

April 11, 2018
Dan Siekman

Jade Shen, General Manager, Mr. Avocado, speaking in Shenzhen in late March at PMA Fresh Connections: China

Blockchain: What It Is, What It Isn't, and What It Means for The Produce Industry

PMA’s Ed Treacy thinks the blockchain-based solutions will be adopted across a wide range of industries, and will be, “transformational for the grocery industry,” including growers and suppliers of fresh produce.

April 11, 2018
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Ed Treacy, Vice President, Supply Chain Efficiencies for the Produce Marketing Association. Image: MZMC

Walmart Opens 'Smart' Small Format Supermarket in Shenzhen

Walmart China has opened its first outlet in a planned new chain of small format supermarkets—joining a crowd of similar new tech-laden, delivery-oriented supermarket brands jostling to become Chinese consumers’ go-to choice for daily groceries.

April 04, 2018
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China Imposes Tariffs on US Agricultural Products, Effective Today

China today made good on its March 23 threat to respond to tariffs and planned trade actions against Chinese goods that were recently announced by the US government.

April 02, 2018
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PMA Fresh Connections China 2018 Recap: China Market Primed for a "Golden Era"

Held on March 21 in Shanghai, PMA’s flagship Asia event explored trends of technology, local production, branding and more in China’s fast growing and fast evolving import fruit segment.

March 28, 2018
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Breaking: China Proposes 15% Tariff on most US Fresh Fruits, Dried Fruits and Nuts

The list released by MOFCOM of products proposed for 15% tariff includes all US fresh fruits that currently have market access to be imported into China, as well as most key dried fruit and nuts.

March 23, 2018
Dan Siekman

China's Ministry of Commerce posted a pdf document this morning with a list of US products proposed for additional tariffs.