Why are the Chinese consumers increasingly purchasing the imported foods?
Q1: Why are the Chinese consumers increasingly purchasing the imported foods?
A1: It is mainly due to perceived issues of food safety as well as higher consumer spending power due to the increase of income, especially in the eastern metropolitan areas such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. In addition, since China joined the WTO, the retail sector is improved and the trade liberalization is providing more and more opportunities for the imported food to reach Chinese consumers.
Q2: Why are there so many concerns in regards to the Chinese domestic food?
A2: China's annual food industry output has grown tremendously over the past 3 decades, but the growth has made it difficult to keep pace in terms of oversight and safety of the food being produced resulting in several scandals and diminished confidence in the products by Chinese consumers.
Q3: What kinds of imported food are the most popular among the Chinese consumers?
A3: The top imported foods being purchased include dairy products, grains and oils, children's food, meats, and seafood. The demand amount of the imported fruits and vegetables, biscuits and confectionery, and drinks are increasing fast.