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China's fruit import market shows great potential

Philippine pineapples, Thai durians, Chilean blueberries, Belgian pears, and other fresh fruits from all over the world are getting increasingly popular in China, and can be seen everywhere. China's fruit imports have grown rapidly in the past few years, according to a report from the General Administration of Customs. About 5.52 million tons of fruit, valued at 7.62 billion U.S. dollars, entered the country in 2018.

Although economic growth has slowed, import data show that China remains one of the most dynamic markets for fresh fruits.

Great potential
A lot of this has to do with people's raised living standards. The demand for quality produce is happening in China, and people's food consumption standards have been rapidly catching up with that of developed countries, said Professor John Gong of University of International Business and Economics.

Vivian Wang, Brand Director of Dole (Shanghai) Fruits and Vegetables Trading also pointed out that living standards of the Chinese have improved, so they have a higher demand for a greater variety of fruits and vegetables with better quality, the increased consumption of imported fruits and vegetables shows great market potential.


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