China’s meat imports are reaching record levels due to local production issues and import demand for pork, beef and poultry remained strong in 2017. Over the past few years, China has expanded its importer base, and competition between international meat exporters is booming.

 

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Coffee demand in China has increased dramatically, representing one of the world’s fastest-growing coffee markets in recent years, both in terms of production and in consumption. With the market consistently growing by 30% year-on-year, statistics show that coffee consumption in China is growing fifteen times faster than the global average.

 

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Driven by the country’s appetite for yoghurt, cheese and milk, the China dairy market will double in size to US$70 billion by 2019 and the demand for dairy products has been forecast to grow at nearly 4% a year from now to 2030. China will need to import the equivalent of 21-25 million tonnes of product by 2030 – more than double the current import volume.

 

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The Chinese beer market is continuing its trend away from domestic economy lagers towards imported craft beer and premium lagers as shown by its extraordinary growth over the last 5 years. The premium imported beer market will grow by value to over US$ 610 million in 2020 recording 148% growth from current figures.

 

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Alongside the growing middle-class population, there is a big emergence of consumers spending more on healthy food, which has led to a big increase in China’s fruit imports over the past few years. Increasing numbers of affluent Chinese are willing to spend more and more on high quality, nutritious, and safe fresh produce. 

 

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China is the world’s largest producer, consumer, importer, and exporter of seafood products. Seafood imports grew 17% in the first half of 2017, valued at US$4.2 billion, and the number is expected to grow to 10 million tons in 2020.

 

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