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  • FMCG, Lifestyle, Wellness
    August 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Side Effect: MNCs Get Healthy

    Double your daily servings.

    Health is a priority for Chinese consumers, and so it should be. After countless food and product safety scandals involving rat meat sold as lamb, carcinogenic baby formula and gutter oil, products in China must pass a Hippocratic litmus test of first doing no harm. In 2012, the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai surveyed over 150 companies from nearly two-dozen industries on what they thought were the most salient developments in the Chinese market. Local companies ranked an “acute awareness of health and wellness” as one of the top three general trends, whereas MNCs failed to list it among even the top five. From pharmaceuticals to travel, opportunities abound for disparate products to discover their own healthy side effects. ...Read More

  • FMCG, Trends, Wellness
    June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Taiwan: Food Cleaner on Other Shore?

    Food regulation: a dirty game

    Gutter oil”, or cooking waste reprocessed for sale as cooking oil, is a frequent target in China’s protracted war to defend food safety. Chinese eaters might feel slightly relieved to hear that similar problems extend beyond the shores of the mainland. Health inspectors in Jiayi, Taiwan have recently cracked down on the downright dirty behavior of local food processors, this time for “boiler oil”. What can Chinese consumers take away from more dirty business? ...Read More

  • Branding, FMCG, Wellness
    March 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Nowhere fast: KFC’s China future

    China Hearts KFC?

    Is it time to downgrade the “credit rating” of foreign food sellers in China? Ongoing safety scandals involving KFC and other upmarket brands have garnered unwanted attention for foreign food from customers and regulators. While scandal is commonplace for domestic Chinese food and beverage makers, foreign companies have managed to maintain an image of health and safety, even when it comes to fast food and sweets. Those healthy images are now under interrogation in an environment where low public trust in food quality has spawned a cottage industry of home safety devices from smartphone apps to home chemical testers. Can foreign food stay a healthy choice?  ...Read More

  • Branding, FMCG
    December 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Sour face: Foreign brands and China’s fresh milk

    China's got milk.

    Foreign dairy products are popular in China and command hefty premiums. Safety and quality concerns drive consumers to the cold embrace of giants like Nestle, Danone, Haagen Dazs, and Unilever, which sell China anything from milk powder and yellow cheese to milk chocolate. But when it comes to fresh milk, the market remains under the thumb of local players and a combination of logistical, cultural, and political factors keep foreign brands at bay.  ...Read More

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