The ketchup processing industry in Bayannur, in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, has grown by 72.5% in value terms over the first nine months of the year, according to data released by Baotou Customs.

According to the customs statistics, ketchup sales revenues reached CNY771m (US$98m) in the first three quarters of 2006, up by CNY324m from the first nine months of 2005.
The city boasts 17 ketchup processing plants, owned by eight different companies. Together, they are capable of processing 400,000 tons of ketchup a year, accounting for over 30% of China’s total ketchup output.