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Wang Fangqing

Articles by Wang Fangqing

Kam Tai attributes success to health and quality focusBRICs and beyond: Kam Tai's quality, health focus brings success in China 31 July 2015

Last year, more than 400 local companies in Dongguan, a major manufacturing city in China's southerly Guangdong province, went bankrupt as China's economy slowed. In stark contrast, one local bakery company - Dongguan Kam Tai Foods - earned CNY1.1bn (US$177.1m) in revenue and it is expecting to see sales grow 20% in 2015. Wang Fangqing investigates Kam Tai's recipe for success.

Beingmate buys Chinese milk supplier 21 April 2015

China-based infant formula manufacturer Beingmate is to buy 65% of a subsidiary of local dairy products company Meilijian Group.

Online retail scene more fragmented in China's central and western provincesRegional start-ups aim to ride China's online boom 24 November 2014

The e-commerce channel in China is buoyant - one only has to witness the recent IPO of Alibaba in the US to see that - but smaller online retailers are launching to sell targeted ranges of branded food to Chinese consumers. In a new column, Wang Fangqing reports on a start-up in the major south-western city of Chongqinq.

Beijing watchdog has warned COFCO of risk of corruptionCHINA: Documents reveal COFCO corruption warnings 15 July 2014

Documents from China's anti-graft watchdog show the extent of its warnings to COFCO - China's largest state-owned food manufacturer and trader - that it faces a risk of potential corruption.

China wants strong domestic infant formula industry to compete with multinationalsCHINA: Beijing pushes for M&A in infant formula 19 June 2014

China's state council has launched a detailed policy plan to push consolidation within the country's infant formula manufacturing sector.

China is trying to bolster domestic formula producersChina briefing: Multinationals face shifting formula landscape 29 November 2013

Multinational companies have dominated China's infant formula market but domestic companies are, with government support, looking to bolster their position with demand expected to remain buoyant. Wang Fangqing in Shanghai reports.

Yili said partnership will serve China's CHINA/US: Yili signs partnership deal with Dairy Farmers of America 9 July 2013

Chinese dairy giant Yili Group has teamed up with US co-op Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) in a venture that will serve China's fast-growing dairy market.

The new avian flu has killed nine people in ChinaCHINA: Bird flu strain hits poultry meat sales 10 April 2013

Chinese branded poultry sales have been hit hard by the outbreak of the new avian flu virus H7N9 in and around Shanghai.

Shuanghui sells a variety of meat products across ChinaCHINA: Shuanghui to invest in production capacity expansion 28 March 2013

Major China-based meat products manufacturer, Shuanghui Group, is to invest around CNY4bn (US$632m) in 2013 to expand production capacity.

7-Eleven China will invest CNY100m (US$15.7m) in its Chengdu operations.CHINA: 7-Eleven to expand in south-west China 22 February 2013

Japan-owned convenience store chain 7-Eleven is to expand in south-west China, starting in regional centres Chongqing and Chengdu.

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