a2 Milk Company extends supply agreement with China State Farm Holding

CHINA - The a2 Milk Company has reaffirmed its decision to extend the supply strategic arrangements with China State Farm Holding Shanghai Co., Ltd. (CSFA Shanghai). According to the company, CSFA Shanghai have been the exclusive import agent and strong partner for the company’s infant nutrition products into mainland China since launch in 2013. The…

Kroger partners with Alibaba to sell groceries online across China

CHINA - Kroger, an American retailing company, has made plans to sell products on Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba, the latest decision in a series of initiatives to bolster its digital business. According to CNBC, Kroger will open an online storefront on Alibaba's platform for international brands, Tmall Global, as its focus will include dietary supplements…

Unilever partners with Chinese ecommerce firm JD.com to expand sales across China

CHINA - Chinese ecommerce firm JD.com has agreed a deal with Unilever to move products like Lipton’s tea and Lux soap between warehouses across China as the consumer goods firm looks to expand sales in more remote parts of the country. According to Reuters, this deal is the latest move by an ecommerce company to…

Pepsico to invest US$100m in China factory to expand production and growth

CHINA – PepsiCo, an American multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation, has made plans to invest US$100 million to expand and renovate a food factory in Shanghai, China. According to FoodBev, the company said it will add a new production line and introduce advanced packaging and warehousing technology at the Songjiang plant. The investment will…

China dairy firm Yili to acquire Pakistan’s Fauji Foods Limited

CHINA - A China-based dairy firm, Yili, has expressed its intention to acquire a majority stake with management control in Fauji Foods Limited (FFL), known for its Nurpur brand, according to a notice to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX). According to Express Tribune, Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Company Limited, will hold talks to acquire…

Trump administration provides US$12b to aid US farmers in US-China trade wars

USA - The Trump administration has said it would provide up to US$12 billion in aid for U.S. farmers from early September to shield them from the repercussions of trade disputes between the United States and China, the European Union and others. According to CNBC, the United States has never before offered aid of this…

Ukraine doubles grain shipments to China with 1m tons in exports

EUROPE - Ukraine through its grain firm, the State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine (SFGCU) shipped more than 1 million tonnes of grain to China in the MY 2017/18, more than double exported in the previous year, reports World Grain. According to SFGCU, 90% of the grains shipped to China National Complete Engineering Corp.…

Chinese dairy manufacturer Mengniu revitalises organic milk using Tetra Pak solutions

CHINA - Mengniu, a leading Chinese dairy manufacturer, has upgraded its premium line of organic milk in collaboration with Tetra Pak, making it the first white milk in the world to use Tetra Prisma® Aseptic 250 Edge with DreamCap™​​. According to Tetra Pak, the new product line has a higher protein content, tastes better and…

Chinese sorghum importers to visit US amid trade tension

USA - Top importers of sorghum from China are set to visit the United States for a training on sorghum production, trade and also build relationships even as trade tension between the two nations intensify. The training hosted by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in collaboration with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, the Kansas Grain…

South Africa soya beans unlikely to be affected by US-China trade war

SOUTH AFRICA - Following China’s response tariffs on US goods including soya beans, there could be possibility of price shocks on the commodity, but an agricultural economist, Wandile Sihlobo has said that this should be cushioned by the ability to substitute yellow maize in feed stock. An article in the Business Day reported that despite…