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Milk’s Message: Know What You Are Buying (And What You Are Selling)

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

We have been here before with baby milk, pet food and Sudan Red (see more here). Not to mention the execution of the former head of the State Food and Drug Administration. But the current baby milk powder crisis shows that there is still a serious supply chain risk, and that companies need to proactively […]

Monopoly on Coke

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Coke’s juicy M&A plans have already been raked over in the press (and on this blog). But next it is likely to be raked over by Chinese anti-monopoly officials (amongst others). As AP reports: “Coca-Cola’s $2.5 billion offer…for China Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd. already has stirred nationalist opposition. Comments posted on Chinese Web sites criticized […]

Stat Wrap (August 2008)

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Another month, another set of stats: • Inflation: “China’s politically sensitive consumer inflation eased in August to a 14-month low…Consumer prices rose 4.9 percent in August over the same month last year, the National Bureau of Statistics said. That was down from July’s 6.3 percent and well below February’s 8.7 percent rate — the peak […]

Coke’s FDI Mixer: Juice, Brand, Health, and Politics

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

There has been plenty of foreign direct investment (FDI) into China over the years, and it is continuing strongly (with the help of the RMB) despite lots of laws, regulations and rising costs, many of which have been reported on this blog. The last time we mentioned big FDI, it was in relation to China’s […]

New Cities On The Block

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

While Beijing is still basking in the afterglow of the Olympics, Forbes and the Economist have been looking further afield, and have (added to the ranks of those who have) ranked the business attractiveness of China’s bigger cities. From Forbes (via China.org.cn): Top Five: 1. Hangzhou 2. Shanghai 3. Wuxi 4. Nanjing 5. Ningbo “Hangzhou […]