From food to clothing and cosmetics, this Spring Festival, high-quality products from all over the world are being added to Chinese consumers’ shopping lists. Consumption during the holiday has driven the growth of imports from many countries.
The fruit business of Cai Tianbao, a Chinese businessman in Davao City in the southern Philippines, has been booming recently. Cai has been managing a tropical fruit plantation in Mindanao, Philippines since 2003.
Last year, as a result of Covid-19, fruit sales fell to half of the year before, but the Chinese New Year has brought to his orchard new hope.
As the holiday ramped up, over 30 containers of tropical fruits were sent to China every week, among which bananas and pineapples were the most popular.
He said that China’s demand continues to be strong and he believes that business will be better this year.
In addition, as a raw material for consumable alcohol, China’s market demand for cassava has also greatly increased. Data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam show that in January this year, Vietnam exported more than 450,000 tons of cassava and cassava products to China, valued at approximately US$166 million, accounting for nearly 96% of its total cassava exports in January and showing a year-on-year increase of 127.7% and 146.5% respectively.
At the same time, dragon fruit and dairy products are also popular. According to the Vietnam News Agency, on the morning of the first day of the Chinese New Year, 190 tons of Vietnamese dragon fruit entered China through the port connecting China’s Yunnan Province and Vietnam’s Lao Cai Province, to be distributed to Yunnan, Sichuan, Guangxi and other areas.