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Nestle's baby food arm Gerber on adapting to grow - interview 1 Aug 2017

Gerber, one of the most-established names in the baby food sector, is marking its 90th anniversary. In some markets, a company can trade on that longevity; in others, it can turn some consumers off. Bill Partyka, Gerber's president and CEO, talks to Dean Best about how the Nestle-owned company is emphasising its heritage in China but seeking to adapt to changing consumer tastes in the US.

Yili leads Stonyfield chase but race not yet run - analysis 15 May 2017

Chinese dairy giant Yili has declared its interest in buying Stonyfield but just-food columnist Victor Martino contends there could be more twists and turns in the race for Danone's US organic dairy unit.

What is Mondelez International's outlook for China? - the just-food interview, part two 26 Sep 2016

Mondelez International's top-line performance in China has been patchy since the US snacks giant was established four years ago. Biscuits has been Mondelez's main business in China and challenges in the category meant, for example, the Oreo maker saw its sales in the country fall in 2014. A recovery from Mondelez's biscuit arm in China, plus growth from its chewing gum stable, helped the company's sales grow in 2015 - but sales fell in the first six months of this year. Speaking to just-food after announcing a significant push into China's chocolate market, Stephen Maher, the president of Mondelez's business in the country, discusses how he sees the prospects for the company in the market.

Mondelez International aims for sweet success in China's chocolate market - the just-food interview, part one 22 Sep 2016

China is central to Mondelez International's growth strategy but it has not always been an easy ride for the snacks giant since its formation in October 2012. However, the US company is confident about its prospects in the country and signalled its optimism with the launch of European chocolate brand Milka in August. Dean Best spoke to Stephen Maher, the president of Mondelez's business in China, to find out more.

Is enough being done to tackle infant formula fraud in China?  18 May 2016

A fresh scandal has brought the sale of fraudulent infant formula in China to the fore once again in recent weeks. Mark Godfrey examines what action is being taken to tackle the sale of fake products in the country's booming e-commerce market. 

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Food companies set to benefit as China loosens belt on import tariffs 24 Nov 2017

China is to reduce tariffs on consumer goods, including food and infant formula, the country's Ministry of Finance has announced.

Huishan Dairy eyes provisional liquidation 17 Nov 2017

Embattled Chinese business Huishan Dairy has asked its lawyers to make preparations for the company to move into provisional liquidation.

Chinese e-commerce giant places major order with US meat firms 8 Nov 2017, China's largest retailer, has signed off on a deal to purchase in excess of US$1.2bn of beef and pork from The Montana Stock Growers Association (MSGA) and Smithfield Foods over the next three years. 

Smithfield Foods signs deal to sell US pork on Chinese e-commerce platform 25 Oct 2017

US pork giant Smithfield Foods has signed a deal to sell its pork products online in China, exclusively via the country's second largest e-commerce site JD Fresh.

China lifts 'Brie ban' on European soft cheese 24 Oct 2017

China has bowed to lobbying from the European Union and lifted a ban on soft, mould-ripened cheese such as Brie, Camembert, Gorgonzola, Danish Blue, Roquefort and Stilton. 

Australia's Nuchev and Nature One Dairy join forces on infant formula 23 Oct 2017

Australia's Nuchev and Nature One Dairy are forming a partnership to make infant formula targeted for the local and Chinese markets.

Aviko to open French fry plant in China 6 Oct 2017

Netherlands-based potato products supplier Aviko is to open a French fry processing plant in China next year.

Changes to China cross-border e-commerce rules on hold 29 Sep 2017

A revised tariff for cross-border e-commerce has been extended by China’s State Council for an extra year enabling food and supplement importers to save on duty.

China delays new food import rules 29 Sep 2017

China has delayed the implementation of new rules requiring certificates guaranteeing the quality and safety of food imports by two years.

Nestle Aussie brands to be sold in China through e-commerce 22 Sep 2017

Nestle is partnering with China e-commerce platforms,, to offer its customers some of Australia's best-known brands including Allen's lollies and Uncle Tobys.

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China's Yili gained as dairy market curdled in 2015 26 Jul 2016

Rabobank's annual league table of the world's largest dairy companies has been released - and the data underlines what a challenging market it has been in recent months.

China's new e-commerce laws - confusion reigns 11 May 2016

Talking with our readers, a common problem among them is their battle to keep tabs on the changes to regulations in China. And the recent moves Beijing has made to revamp its rules around e-commerce have brought that concern into sharp relief.

Is Chinese meat company WH Group eyeing US M&A? 6 May 2016

Rumours Chinese pork giant WH Group is eyeing acquisitions, particularly in the US, have surfaced.