Nestlé to build coffee centre in China

Retail In Asia

Nestlé is constructing new facilities that will provide coffee farmers in Asia-Pacific with training in improved growing techniques and promoting the beverage to more consumers.

The company recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the local government of Pu’er in China's Yunnan province for the establishment of the Nescafé Coffee Centre, which will be the largest of its kind in China.

The centre is expected to provide training to 5,000 farmers, agronomists, and coffee business professionals every year.

LVMH to produce red wine in China for Chinese consumers


Following the lead of Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild, which developed 25 hectares of vineyards in Shandong province in 2008, recently the luxury giant LVMH announced that it has invested in a vineyard in the mountains of Yunnan province, southwest China, to develop its own 30 hectare vineyard.

Carrefour opens flagship store in Yunnan, China


Carrefour opened its provincial flagship store in Kunming of China's southwestern Yunnan Province on 10 October.

After two years of preparation, the store, located in the city's South Asian Style-First City, is the first major retailer in the million-square-meter urban complex, which is slated to open by the end of this year.

China says 2010 gold production hit record high


Chinese state news service says the country's gold production hit a new record last year with more than 340 tons. That's up more than 8 percent from the year before.

The report says China's top gold-producing provinces last year were Shandong, Henan, Jiangxi, Yunnan and Fujian.

Coffee revolution hits the home of China's finest tea


An agrarian revolution of sorts is under way in the prefecture of Pu'er, source of the world famous Pu'er tea, located in the southwestern part of Yunnan province, bordering Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

With its warm, wet and mild weather, Yunnan is one of the few ideal places in the country to grow coffee.

Coffee production in Yunnan, which amounts to 90 per cent of the total output in China, is set to boom as the local government and Starbucks signed agreements early this month to jointly develop the industry.

China's Yunnan cut flower business blooms


The land route connecting the southwestern region of China to Bangkok is increasing Yunnan's market share of fresh cut flowers in Thailand and Singapore. Fresh cut flower production is one of the chief industries in Yunnan province.

Thanks to the new North-South economic corridor that connects Kunming to Bangkok, exports via the land route are increasing.

Starbucks brews a bigger profile for Yunnan coffee


Starbucks is gearing up to put its first China-grown blend on sale in Hong Kong.

The romantically named South of the Clouds Blend is a mix of whole beans grown in the southwestern province of Yunnan and the Asia-Pacific region. Starbucks Hong Kong said the Yunnan blend had received an "overwhelming response" in a trial sale during the Lunar New Year, which prompted the company to turn it into a regular product.

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