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Celebrating one year Freshplaza China

The best ten Chinese articles in the year of the Monkey

A lot has happened in the past year. Many events were joyful and living proof of an ever growing and blossoming produce industry. Some, however, were more worrisome. Fresh fruit imports into China have grown into unprecedented heights, and this trend is not expected to change course. Australian stone fruit and Polish apples celebrated received market access. Garlic prices have been unprecedentedly high. Zespri opened its new Beijing flagship store and Mission Produce signed a first ever deal to import and distribute avocadoes with its Chinese partners Lantao and Pagoda.

On the other hand, the Citrus Greening Disease keeps on damaging the domestic citrus industry, leaving huge destruction in its wake. Trump has been inaugurated as President. His presidential act in the first week was to step out of the TTP deal, leaving many to wonder America’s new place in global trade, and how this affects China’s trade position.

After months of careful preparation, Freshplaza launched it first Chinese newsletter on January the 4th. Since then we have been on top covering daily events in the fresh produce business, within and outside China. Our team has gotten to know bunch of vibrant, prominent and enterprising businesses, from growers to trader, suppliers, importers and exporters. We are thrilled to work with you all, and spread industry news throughout China and across the globe. Our international news is published daily in English, German, Italian, French and Dutch. Having added Mandarin to this offering, and being able to source content from China directly is a huge addition to our company and our readers.
What were the most popular articles in the year of the Monkey?
The most read article was about Faraz Maani, who announced his cherry crop from Yunnan and how the production was affected by rainfall. To read the full article, click here.

The next was an update of information from Qifeng in Shanxi province. The kiwifruit grower announced plans to expand its international presence in Russia and Asia. You can read the full text at: 'Chinese kiwifruit market is flourishing'.

In ‘Australian Sweet Sapphire grapes in demand in China’, Australian company GrapeCo talks about their first batch of sweet sapphire grapes that arrived in China earlier that week. The supply sold out in less than two days on the Guangzhou import market.

Fourth on the list is the Global Market report on garlic from May. The Chinese market and export market has been marked by exceptionally high prices, of which the situation has shaped import markets globally.

Popular as well was the story "China: Red navel oranges on sale", along with some beautiful pictures of the orchard. Long term drought has hindered economic growth, but it is fortunate that the company's investment in marketing and branding has been rewarded, and its online sales have been strong.

The next most popular five article were:
Filipino exporters try to resolve banana issue with China

Japanese shipping giant K-Line next to file for bankruptcy?

China: joint venture Mission Produce, Lantao and Pagoda

New NZ apple to launch in China
If you are a grower, supplier, trader, importer or exporter and have any information to share, please contact our team.

Happy year of the Rooster!


Publication date: 1/30/2017


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