China's imported fruits market shows great potential
Zhou Yiqiu, Liang Si

Philippine pineapples, Thai durians, Chilean blueberries, Belgian pears, and other fresh fruits from all over the world are getting increasingly popular in China, and can be seen everywhere.

China's fruit imports have grown rapidly in the past few years, according to a report from the General Administration of Customs. About 5.52 million tons of fruit, valued at 7.62 billion U.S. dollars, entered the country in 2018.

China's fruit imports from 2013 to 2018 / CGTN Photo

China's fruit imports from 2013 to 2018 / CGTN Photo

Although economic growth has slowed, import data show that China remains one of the most dynamic markets for fresh fruits.

Market with great potential

A lot of this has to do with people's raised living standards. The demand for quality produce is happening in China, and people's food consumption standards have been rapidly catching up with that of developed countries, said Professor John Gong of University of International Business and Economics.

People select imported fruit in the supermarket, Hangzhou / VCG Photo

People select imported fruit in the supermarket, Hangzhou / VCG Photo

Vivian Wang, Brand Director of Dole (Shanghai) Fruits and Vegetables Trading also pointed out that living standards of the Chinese have improved, so they have a higher demand for a greater variety of fruits and vegetables with better quality, the increased consumption of imported fruits and vegetables shows great market potential.

Vivian Wang, Brand Director of Dole (Shanghai) /CGTN Photo

Vivian Wang, Brand Director of Dole (Shanghai) /CGTN Photo

Data released by the National Bureau of Statistics show that per capita consumption of fresh fruits among urban residents was 56.423 kilograms in 2018, up from 47.6 kilograms in 2013.

Diversified demands bring challenges

According to Vivian, the development of China's market is happening rapidly, and consumers' needs are also changing quickly at the same time. This is driving foreign companies to build more cooperation with countries and develop more fruit products to meet different needs of consumers.

Fruit consumption will rise steadily

With the per capita of fruit consumption steadily rising, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences is predicting that China's fruit market will reach 460 billion U.S. dollars in 2024.

According to Professor John Gong, The total market is expanding and the imports' percentage is also going to increase. Latest food import figures accounted for less than ten percent of China's total food consumption, and he thinks there is great potential for growth, beyond even 10 or 20 percent.

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