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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

  • e-Commerce, Wellness
    November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Poke: Building a sex-toy empire on China’s Weibo

    Ma Jiajia and a friend.

    China's students have been at the forefront of various revolutionary movements, rallying for and against foreign ideologies and scolding their compatriots for taking too few or too many liberties. When it comes to the country's current sexual revolution, students contributed a fair share of the action but so far failed to provide intelectual leadership. But things are starting to change: Over the past few weeks, a young lady of 22 has risen to social media fame, providing online guidance and opinion on all things sexual. Unlike past revolutionaries, she is guided by mundane passions, trying to turn her tiny campus sex shop into a national e-Commerce empire.  ...Read More

  • Trends, Wellness
    November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

    White lies: China’s intimate bleaching industry

    Whitening, not just a matter of face.

    Foreigners bound for China are always warned about the local obsession with face: One's fortunes are determined by the ability to gain it, maintain it, and never ever lose it. Face has been used to explain China's attachment to luxury items; now, retailers are trying to extend the metaphor to other parts of the human body. Over the past few years, products promising to whiten or "pinkify" anything from elbows to genitals, have become popular, promoted by aggressive - and sometimes offensive - marketing campaigns.  ...Read More

  • Branding, FMCG, Wellness
    August 8, 2012 | 1 Comments

    Tainted love: Chinese milk goes to London

    Yili Milk in London.

    Back in the days when the sun never set on the British Empire, major decisions about Chinese resource allocation were made in London. These days, one of China's best known brands is advertising in England in order to influence Chinese consumers. Yili, China's largest dairy producer by revenue, had its fair share of scandals over the past few years, driving local consumers towards more reputable foreign competitors. The brand recently launched an advertising campaign across London. But what initially appears like an appeal to foreign consumers is actually an attempt to restore the company's reputation back home.  ...Read More

  • Hospitality, Trends, Wellness
    July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Excess baggage: China’s pregnant travel industry

    AsiaM Child's web site...

    If you can only have one child, you better do it properly. And in China, a thing is not done properly unless you get the most out of it. A growing number of Chinese mothers are traveling to the US and other countries to give birth to their first child, or to mitigate the risks of having a second one. But this is old news. Interestingly, and not surprisingly, a whole industry has grown around China's flying mothers, offering elaborate travel packages that cost hundreds of thousands of RMB.  ...Read More

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