People’s Daily Says PX No More Harmful Than Coffee

Following a series of anti-paraxylene (PX) demonstrations across China, including recent episodes in Kunming and Chengdu, People’s Daily declared on Monday that the petrochemical is no more carcinogenic than coffee. Li...

China Tea Growers Shift to Coffee

As China’s tea farmers look to coffee for more profits, the Los Angeles Times reports the Yunnan provincial government plans to increase the production of coffee to 200,000 tons by 2020: “My sole income depends on...

Starbucks’ China Growth Bucks Trend

At an investor conference on Wednesday, Starbucks executives said they expect China to become the company’s largest market outside the United States by 2014, as the coffee retail giant has maintained robust sales growth...

China Strategies: Walmart and Starbucks

After building an empire on cheap imports from China, Walmart is trying to attract the country’s new rich with low prices online, as economic slowdown dampens conspicuous consumption. From Marcus Wohlsen at Wired: Walmart faces...

Why Starbucks Succeeds in China

Starbucks’ expansion in China, despite one widely publicised early misstep, has been ferocious, with surging store numbers and an experimental foray into coffee farming in Yunnan. At, Shaun Rein explains why the...

Coffee Farming in the Home of Pu'er Tea

Since 1988, Yunnan’s coffee production has grown almost 24-fold, thanks in part to the efforts of Swiss food leviathan Nestle. From MSNBC: “Before I started growing coffee, I couldn’t afford a house like the...

Starbucks Celebrates China’s Morning Coffee Habit

“Breakfast is an intensely polarising issue,” said The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos recently, describing his Chinese travelling companions’ dismay at the buffet offerings they encountered in Europe. Common...

Growing Coffee in China’s Tea Country

Marketplace interviews tea farmers in Yunnan who have replaced their crops with coffee in order to increase profits. Listen to the report here: Tea has been an intrinsic part of Chinese culture for thousands of years, but with...

China Accuses Japan of More Toxic Soy Sauce

The tables have turned and China is now accusing Japan of tainted food products that have been found in Japanese-produced soy sauce, mustard sauce and coffee exported to China: Quarantine officials in Tianjin, east of Beijing,...

Coffee chain brews plan to percolate into China – Dominic Walsh

From Times Online: Whitbread, the leisure group, has signed a joint venture deal to develop its Costa coffee chain in China in the next stage of its strategy to turn the brand into a global competitor to Starbucks. Costa, which is already in 14 territories, including India and countries in the Middle East, plans to […]

Starbucks breaches Great Wall of China – Mark Tran

From The Guardian’s News Blog: Starbucks’ long march into China has breached the Great Wall itself. Tourists will be able to drink cappuccino, frappuccino and other coffee concoctions at one of China’s greatest cultural treasures after the Seattle-based company announced it had opened a shop at Badaling, 47 miles north of Beijing. More on this […]

Keith Bradsher: Starbucks Aims to Alter China’s Taste in Caffeine

From the New York Times: The Starbucks Corporation plans to announce soon an accelerated push into the Chinese market, company executives said on Friday, the latest in a series of aggressive efforts by international food and beverage companies to expand in China. What is striking about these efforts, by McDonald’s and KFC as well as […]



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