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Companies, Organizations  

Nestlé Unveils Slew Of New Products At Chinese Expo

The company’s plant-based beverages are among products being showcased at the China International Import Expo (CIIE). Nestlé’s fourth appearance at CIIE this year features 275 products – 14 of which are making their debut in China – from 19 countries, Ten Nestlé business units are participating in CIIE. Nespresso is launching a new coffee extraction system in the Chinese market, along with the Nespresso Momento Range of professional coffee machines.

"Nestlé debuts 14 new products in China", Shine.cn, November 05, 2021

Legal, Legislation, Regulation, Policy  

Xebra Brands Informs Health Canada Of Distribution Plans For Pot-Infused Lemonade

The Vancouver, B.C.-based cannabis company said it has submitted a new product notice for its THC-infused lemonade, Vicious Citrus, to Health Canada, for planned distribution to multiple provinces in the spring of 2022. By law, the agency must be notified of the intent to sell a cannabis product that they have not previously sold in the country. Xebra has formulated several dozen cannabis-infused beverages under six brands, including MadCap seltzers and soft drinks, HighJack energy drinks, HolaHi iced teas, Vicious Citrus lemonades, HighCastle waters and Conquer, a CBD sports beverage. The company plans to launch more beverage brands in Canada after Vicious Citrus.

"Xebra's Vicious Citrus THC Lemonade Submitted To Health Canada", PRNewswire , November 05, 2021

Market News  

Swire Coca-Cola Builds $140M Bottling Plant In Central China

The Hong Kong-based Coca-Cola bottler is spending $140 million on construction of a bottling plant in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province. Covering 124,000 square meters, it will be operational by 2023 with an annual production capacity of a million metric tons. The company says it will invest more than $853 million in factory infrastructure in China over the next five years, adding 20 production lines while spending on sustainable development projects in carbon reduction and water-saving in the country. One of the largest Coca-Cola bottling groups in the world, Swire Coca-Cola has 18 plants on the Chinese mainland.

"Coca-Cola bottler invests 900 mln yuan in China's Henan", Xinhua, October 09, 2021

Products & Brands  

Chinese Coffee Drinkers Like Plant-Based Creamers, Including Potato Milk

Consumers in China are increasingly attracted to plant-based milk as a creamer alternative to cow’s milk. It’s not surprising, considering the fact that a large majority of Chinese people have trouble to some degree digesting the sugars in animal milk. In addition to oat milk, Chinese consumers can choose milk made from soy, coconut, peas, and now potatoes. According to research company Internet Personality, if the Swedish oat milk brand Oatley can gain popularity in China, then “potato milk has plenty of potential as well."  

"Plant-based milk gaining ground in China's beverage market", China Global Television Network , October 09, 2021

Supply Chain  

Nestlé China Targets Young Mothers With Convenient Liquid Milk For Babies

The Beijing-based company sees growth potential for the infant liquid milk category, especially among mothers in their twenties demanding more convenient and functional solutions. In fact, immune benefits, nutrition profile, and convenience are the top three factors that Gen-Z mothers consider when selecting infant formula. Beba Supreme Pre contains five types of human oligosaccharides (HMOs) that represent  some of the most abundant across the three major structural categories in human milk. They are chemically and structurally identical to those found in human milk. Nestlé China showcased Beba Supreme Pre, produced by a German subsidiary, during the recent China International Import Expo (CIIE).

"Infant liquid milk in China: Nestlé strives to meet Gen-Z's demands for convenience and immunity benefits", Food Navigator Asia, November 16, 2021

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