The BEET is your weekly snapshot of the news affecting China and Asia’s food and beverage industry.
China reversed a ban on mold-ripened cheeses, allowing imports of Camembert, Brie, and Roquefort. The ban was lifted following meetings between European Commission representatives and Chinese quarantine and health officials.
Chinese market opens to Australian apples and blueberries following an agreement between the Australian and Chinese governments on new horticulture market priorities.
During the past year, Australia shipped a record AU$739 million worth of wines to mainland China, representing a 56 percent increase on last year. The increase was supported by reduced terrifies between the two nations. In 2019, China will no longer place tariffs on Australian wines, part of the FTA agreement signed in 2015.
Retail Food Group (RFG), Australia’s largest multi-brand retail food franchise owner, developer, and manager plans expansion in China, as part of a global focus. RFG has a network of more than 2,500 outlets across 12 Brand Systems and 81 territories and is an emerging leader in the foodservice, dairy processing, and wholesale bakery sectors.
To promote low-carbon development in agriculture, China plans to achieve a zero increase in the use of fertilizers and pesticide use by 2020. With only 7 percent of the world's arable land to feed more than 20 percent of the world's population, innovative farming methods are needed.