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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 CNBC.com, 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...

Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Hoohah

Film star Jet Li’s planned promotion of Tai Chi around the world, backed by Chinese Internet entrepreneur Jack Ma, is no mere business venture. Rather, it is an heroic attempt to boost China’s currently feeble...

Doughnut Wars Give Shanghai a Sugar Jolt

The Washington Post describes doughnut vendors’ struggle to establish a beachhead in Shanghai, while other Western fast food firms move on to later stages in their China campaigns. Doughnut shops, once a rarity here, have...

Tempest in a Coffee Cup – Tim Johnson

China Rises and Shanghaiist blogs both discuss the new coffee shop that has replaced Starbucks in the Forbidden City, after the presence of Starbucks raised the hackles of a TV host
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