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Attaché Report (GAIN)

China: Food Processing Ingredients

China's formidable food processing sector remains vibrant despite the challenges posed by the COVID- 19 pandemic. However, COVID-19 import control measures hamper trade. Despite this, China can be an attractive destination for U.S. ingredients. Products with significant sales potential include cheese, tree nuts, dried and frozen fruit, and pulses.
International Agricultural Trade Report

Opportunities for U.S. Agricultural Exports to the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is home to 9.8 million people. It ranks among the world’s richest in terms of per capita wealth. According to the International Monetary Fund in 2020, the UAE had a gross domestic product (GDP) of $421 billion, and a per capita spending level in line with that of developed economies, $35,000.
On November 15, 2021, China notified the National Food Safety Standard: Code of Hygienic Practice of Producing for Prepared Meat Products to the WTO SPS Committee as G/SPS/N/CHN/1240. This is the first notification of a domestic code of hygienic practice of producting for prepared meat products in China.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Bulgaria: Retail Foods Bulgaria

With its developing grocery retail industry, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic Bulgaria was a growing market for food and beverages, with growing consumer confidence, declining unemployment, upward incomes, and a stable number of foreign tourists...
Attaché Report (GAIN)

China: Draft Standard for Infant Formula Manufacturing

On November 17, China notified the National Food Safety Standard: Good Manufacturing Practice for Powdered Infant Formula to the WTO SPS Committee.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

China: Snack Food Market Overview

As incomes rise and consumption increases, China’s snack food market is developing rapidly. Snack food sales reached $74 billion in 2021, an increase of 7.9 percent over the previous year. The COVID-19 pandemic has driven consumers to pay more...
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Hong Kong: Hong Kong Bakery Goods Market

Hong Kong is the ninth largest importer of baked goods in the world, with imports valued at $870 million. Major import categories included pastries, bread, and cakes. For the first ten months of 2021, Hong Kong imports of baked goods were $721 million, a modest increase of 1.61 percent over the same period in 2020.
On September 6, 2021, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare/Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued Notification No. F. No. Std/SP-08/A-1.2020/N-01 to amend the Food Safety and Standards (Labeling and Display) Regulations (2020).
Hong Kong traders complain about ongoing issues with global shipping logistics and resulting disruptions on supply chains.
On September 22, 2021, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare/Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published the draft Food Safety and Standards (Foods for Infant Nutrition) Amendment Regulations (2021).
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Israel: Israel Passes New Soft Drink Tax

On October 20, 2021, Israel passed its proposed tax for soft drinks, concentrates, and powders (HS 20.09, 21.06, and 22.02).
Hong Kong authorities reported a detection of COVID-19 virus on imported frozen cuttlefish from Malaysia. Detections were identified on the slice surface and its inner packaging during precautionary testing at the point of entry.