Exporter Guide in Hong Kong SAR

An Expert's View about Sourcing in Hong Kong SAR

Posted on: 10 Mar 2010

Since the global financial crisis hit last fall, Hong Kong’s economy remained strong and became the 4th largest market for U.S. F&B exports. U.S. exports of high value food products to Hong Kong are expected to grow by 15% and top the US$1.4 billion mark in 2009, the largest growth among all U.S. export markets.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Required Report - public distribution Date: 10/30/2009 GAIN Report Number: HK9022 Hong Kong EXPORTER GUIDE ANNUAL Exporter Guide Approved By: Anita Katial Prepared By: Chris Li Report Highlights: Since the global financial crisis hit last fall, Hong Kong?s economy remained strong and became the 4th largest market for U.S. F&B exports. U.S. exports of high value food products to Hong Kong are expected to grow by 15% and top the US$1.4 billion mark in 2009, the largest growth among all U.S. export markets. Hong Kong?s affluent consumers and its annual 30+ million visitors have contributed to the growth of the HRI sector with 11,116 restaurants, which are set to maintain sales receipts at US$10 billion in 2009. Retail food sales are expected to reach US$8 billion, an increase of 1.5% over 2008. The demand for U.S. products continues to grow, given the weakened U.S. dollar making U.S. food products more competitive. U.S. food products are well-known for their high quality and Hong Kong consumers are becoming increasingly more health and safety conscious due to food scare. With a relatively stable economy, Hong Kong?s per capita GDP is set to remain at US$30,000 in 2009, one of the highest in the world. Top prospects for U.S. F&B export to Hong Kong include red meat, fresh fruit, tree nuts, poultry meat, processed fruit, vegetables, wine, craft beer and cheeses. Wine and beer offer special opportunities as the Hong Kong Government eliminated their excise taxes in 2008. Post: Hong Kong Author Defined: SECTION I. MARKET OVERVIEW U.S. Food Exports to Hong Kong In the 1st half of 2009, Hong Kong became the 4th largest export market[1] for U.S. high value consumer-oriented food products after Canada, Mexico and Japan. This is an amazing jump from being the 7th largest market in 2008. The top prospects for U.S. food exports to Hong Kong include: red meat, fresh fruit, tree nuts, poultry meat, processed fruit, vegetables, wine, craft beer and cheeses. With a population of just 7 million, its nominal agricultural and food production leave Hong Kong entirely dependent on food imports. U.S. food products are considered to be among the highest in quality, reliable in terms of food safety. Hong Kong Food Imports Due to limited land resources and rapid urbanization, Hong Kong relies on imports for about 95% of its food supply. Local production contributes only 3% of fresh vegetables, 46% of live poultry, and 7% of live pigs[2] . Due to its central location, free port status and position as a regional purchasing hub and distribution center, 30% of Hong Kong F&B imports from the world are re- exported. Of which, half are re-exported to Mainland China. Hong Kong?s Imports (2007-2009*) of Consumer Oriented Agricultural Products (COAP)[3] & Seafood Jan-Dec Jan-Dec Jan-Dec Share in Growth Re-exports as % Supplier (US$ Million) 2007 2008 2009* 2009* 09* v 08 of Gross Imports World Gross Imports 9,146 11,594 12,548 Re-exports 2,436 3,411 3,714 Retained Imports 6,710 8,184 8,834 100% 8% 30% China Gross Imports 2,007 2,215 2,434 Re-exports 309 356 316 Retained Imports 1,698 1,859 2,118 24% 14% 14% United Gross Imports 1,052 1,627 1,907 States Re-exports 328 610 711 Retained Imports 724 1,017 1,196 14% 18% 37% Brazil Gross Imports 992 1,443 1,578 Re-exports 491 630 707 Retained Imports 502 813 871 10% 7% 45% Australia Gross Imports 552 635 708 Re-exports 59 60 90 Retained Imports 493 575 618 7% 8% 13% Japan Gross Imports 575 608 695 Re-exports 36 41 44 Retained Imports 538 567 651 7% 15% 6% Thailand Gross Imports 410 486 590 Re-exports 226 267 334 Retained Imports 184 219 256 3% 17% 57% France Gross Imports 251 385 424 Re-exports 88 111 134 Retained Imports 164 275 290 3% 6% 32% Canada G ross Imports 219 344 281 Re-exports 43 133 98 Retained Imports 176 211 183 2% -13% 35% Netherlands G ross Imports 212 307 288 Re-exports 60 100 81 Retained Imports 151 207 207 2% 0% 28% Chile Gross Imports 138 191 257 Re-exports 53 80 167 Retained Imports 85 110 90 1% -19% 65% Total from Gross Imports 6,409 8,240 9,162 Top 10 Re-exports 1,693 2,387 2,682 Suppliers Retained Imports 4,716 5,852 6,480 73% 11% 29% Total from Gross Imports 2,737 3,355 3,386 Rest of Re-exports 742 1,023 1,032 World Retained Imports 1,995 2,332 2,354 27% 1% 30% (Source: Calculations based on World Trade Atlas data) (* Estimated figures for 2009) [1] Based on Jan-August 2009 figures, BICO trade statistics, FAS website [2] Source: Agricultural Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Hong Kong Government [3] Consumer Oriented Agricultural Products (COAP) refers to agricultural products that require little or no additional processing and are generally ready for final consumption at either the food retail or food service level. Examples of COAP are: red meat, poultry meat, snacks, breakfast cereals, pancake mix, fruits and vegetables, fruit and vegetable juices, tree nuts, wine, beer, cut flowers and pet foods. Source of data: Hong Kong Census & Stat. Dept. Hong Kong?s F&B sector demands high quality fish and seafood products. Growing concerns over the safety of Chinese fish and seafood being fished from polluted sources, increase opportunities for high quality fish and seafood from the United States. Hong Kong?s F&B imports have not been seriously affected by the global financial crisis. Overall, Hong Kong?s retained imports of COAP and seafood products from the world are expected to grow by 8% in 2009. The U.S. is Hong Kong?s second largest supplier of COAP and Seafood products following China. Retained imports of products from China and the US in 2009 are forecasted at US$2.1 billion and US$1.2 billion respectively, representing market shares of 24% and 14%. Hong Kong?s gateway to China and Macau have opened up greater opportunities for U.S. high value food product exports. In 2009, Hong Kong is expected to import over US$1.9 billion in U.S. COAP and seafood products, compared to US$12.5 billion from the world. Economy Hong Kong benefited from the strong economic growth in China and therefore was only slightly affected by the financial tsunami. The following figures illustrate the growth of Hong Kong?s economy and the purchasing power of its consumers: Growth Growth 2007 2008 08 vs 07 2009* 09 vs 08 GDP US$202 billion US$215 billion +6.3% US$210 billion* -2.5%* GDP per capita US$29,205 US$30,840 +5.5% US$30,000* -2.7%* (* Estimate based on government forecast, analysis of the economy and market trends) Summary of the Key Strengths and Challenges for the Hong Kong Market Strengths Weaknesses The Hong Kong market is one of the U.S. food products are not always price top markets in the world for food and competitive. China is the largest beverages, processed, fresh and frozen competitor of U.S. food products. gourmet products. U.S. exports of high value food products to Hong Kong reached US$877 million for the first 8 months of 2009, making it the 4th largest market for the U.S. and the fastest growing major market in the world in 2009. Hong Kong is a major trading hub Lengthy transportation time associated where buyers make purchasing to importing U.S. food products to Hong decisions for hundreds of millions of Kong can make them less competitive dollars of consumer oriented products than products available in the region or that are transshipped to China and from China, Australia New S.E. Asia. Zealand. Their proximity avails for quicker delivery of product (processed and fresh). U.S. food products enjoy an excellent The importance of Hong Kong as a reputation among Hong Kong transshipment point and buying center consumers, as they are renowned for for China and elsewhere is not widely high quality and food safety standards, known to U.S. exporters. as well as healthy and nutritious. The U.S. is the 2nd largest food Hong Kong labeling and residue supplier to Hong Kong next to China. standards differ in some cases, which can impede trade. Technical barriers to imports of U.S. Numerous HK food regulations are not products are generally very low. in line with Codex, which can complicate import clearances. There is a wide variety of U.S. While Hong Kong has the 2nd largest products available to Hong Kong container terminal in the world, it has consumers (over 30,000 different the most expensive port handling items). The link between the Hong charges. Kong Dollar (HKD) to the U.S. Dollar help insulate the HKD from currency fluctuations. Most trans-shipments to Macau are Hong Kong?s top supermarkets are a purchased, consolidate and shipped via duopoly that often request slotting Hong Kong. fees. In general, HKG in its implementation and application of regulations is transparent and open. Hong Kong exporters choose to work with Hong Kong importers and distributers to get their products to China because of Hong Kong?s dependable legal system, contracts and rule of law. Hong Kong concerns over food safety have made U.S. food products as a top choice for quality and safety Hong Kong?s modern and efficient port terminal and free port status make it an attractive destination and for re- exports. Hong Kong is a ?quality? driven market so price is not always the most important factor for food and beverage purchases. Hong Kong is a dynamic market with a sophisticated international community where new high quality products are readily accepted. Despite the financial crisis, Hong Kong is entirely dependent on imports for meeting its food needs. Thus, food consumption and demands are expected to remain stable during the global economic crisis. Products containing biotech ingredients are not controversial in Hong Kong in general. Lack of local production means virtually no protectionist pressures for food and agricultural products. Hong Kong has a very strong economy and is in an economically vibrant region. Hong Kong?s duopolistic supermarkets have a wide distribution network. Cold chain and distribution channels for food products are generally efficient and dependable, as is the customs clearance process. SECTION II. EXPORTER BUSINESS TIPS Importer Lists ATO provides Hong Kong importer lists to U.S. exporters and assists to arrange meeting appointments, provided adequate lead-time is given. Please contact the ATO via Atohongkong@fas.usda.gov for further information and other business tips. Language The official written languages in Hong Kong are Chinese and English. The official spoken languages are Cantonese (the prominent Chinese dialect in Hong Kong and South China) and English. In general, all correspondence can be in English. Travel Visa Even though Hong Kong is now part of China, there is still a border boundary between Hong Kong and China. If you are traveling with a U.S. passport, you do not need a travel visa for Hong Kong. However, if you are planning to go to Mainland China, you need to apply for a travel visa into China. Legal System Hong Kong?s legal system is firmly based on the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary. Hong Kong?s legal system is separate from Mainland China. Also, Hong Kong is a separate customs territory from China. Payment Hong Kong importers are willing to pay by letter of credit in the beginning. When a trading relationship has been established, many of them prefer to pay by open accounts so as to cut transaction costs. General Consumer Tastes and Preferences There is a growing popularity of frozen foodstuffs because more and more consumers believe that frozen foods are more hygienic. However, Hong Kong consumers in general still prefer fresh foodstuffs, particularly fish and poultry meat. Due to the increasing prevalence of dual income families, ready-to-cook food has become more popular. The major supermarket chains in Hong Kong have been putting more emphasis on convenience foods, especially in their pre-prepared sections that are virtually serving ready-to-eat foods. There is most potential for growth in the processed/convenience sectors of Hong Kong?s retail food markets for U.S. high value consumer foods such as general grocery items, ingredients for home meal replacement, and health food. Hong Kong consumers have become more aware of food safety issues and nutrition values of food products. Clear indications of nutritional value on the package have been a good marketing strategy for health foods. The sales of organic products have been increasing steadily. A representative of one of the largest supermarket chains revealed that there were only 200 organic items for sale five years ago compared to over 2000 items currently. The price discrepancy between conventional and organic foods has also narrowed over the years. Currently, organic products are priced between 20-40% higher. The most popular organic products are baby foods, vegetables, fruits, eggs, fresh meats, and fruit juices. Health foods continue to grow in popularity in Hong Kong because of consumers? desire to enhance general health. The latest trend in health foods now is ?low Glycemic Index? and ?Antioxidants?. Foods categorized as natural and having benefits to health are also appealing to Hong Kong consumers. For example, nut suppliers promote nuts as healthy snacks good for the heart, and many cereals are marketed as an effective means of controlling cholesterol. Consumption of wine is growing in popularity in Hong Kong. Hong Kong?s wine imports for the first 8 months in 2009 reached US$302 million and 22.3 million liters, an increase of 43% in value and 35% in quantity compared with the same period in 2008. In February 2008, the HKG eliminated its import duty on wine and stimulated a surge in volumes and quantity of wines imports into Hong Kong. For more information on the wine market in Hong Kong, please refer to GAIN Report #HK9013. Demand for promotion package and discounts. Consumers are very price sensitive. Marketing tactics such as selling bundled economy packs or enclosing complimentary samples are usually used to stimulate sales. The most direct and effective marketing tool is to offer discounts. Because of the limited living space in Hong Kong, it is inconvenient for Hong Kong consumers to store food products. Therefore, bulk-pack food products do not sell well in Hong Kong, and small package food products are preferred. Import Regulations ? Import Duties & Import Certificates With the exception of spirits, all food and beverage products can be imported to Hong Kong duty free. Technical requirements for imports vary significantly according to the product. Products which require import permits/health certificates include meat, milk and frozen confections. (The HKG plans to implement an egg imports health certification requirement). Currently, the HKG accepts import applications from Hong Kong importers. In other words, local importers and not U.S. exporters are required to apply for import permits. U.S. exporters need to supply their agents/importers with necessary documentation such as health certificates from the U.S. government. For details on Hong Kong?s general import regulations for food products, please refer to GAIN Report #9018. ? New Nutritional Labeling Law Hong Kong?s Legislative Council on May 28, 2008 passed a nutrition labeling regulation, which will take effect July 1, 2010. Hong Kong?s nutrition labeling regulation requires all prepackaged food sold in Hong Kong have to label energy plus seven nutrients namely, protein, carbohydrate, fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and sugars. Products selling less than 30,000 units a year can apply for small volume exemption provided that the products do not carry any nutritional claims. Traders applying for exemption have to pay HK$345 (US$44) per product variety for the first year and HK$335 (US$43) for annual renewal. Hong Kong?s nutrition labeling regulation is unique; as all imported foods making nutrition claims from all sources will have to be re-labeled for the Hong Kong market. Despite the U.S. requiring the labeling of 15 energy/nutrients, U.S. products still cannot meet the Hong Kong nutrition labeling requirements due to different nutrient definitions, rounding practices, and recommendations for daily consumption. Virtually all U.S. products carrying claims will require labeling changes and/or nutrient testing. Sources indicated that major retailers have notified their suppliers that they would only accept products with nutrition labels complying with Hong Kong?s new regulation after January 1, 2010, six months earlier than HKG?s enforcement date. Details of the regulation are contained in the Technical Guidance Notes on Nutrition Labeling and Nutrition Claims, which are available at: http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/food_leg/food_leg_nl_guidance.html. Further supplementary information will be provided in the form of FAQ on the Hong Kong government?s Center for Food Safety website: http://www.cfs.gov.hk/eindex.html For more information on the impact of Hong Kong?s nutrition labeling regulation, please see reports HK#7011 & HK#8017. ? Preservatives Regulations Hong Kong amended its Preservatives Regulation, which became effective July 1, 2008. Compared to the original regulation, in which one preservative (propyl para- hydroxybenzoate) is no longer allowed for use, and eleven additional preservatives permitted in the new standard, as listed below: Guaiac resin Isopropyl citrates Stannous chloride Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) Thiodipropionic acid Dimethyl dicarbonate Ferrous gluconate Formic acid Hexamethylene tetramine Lysozyme Pimaricin Another change brought about by the regulation amendment is the adoption of a food category system based on Codex?s GSFA (Codex General Standard for Food Additives) and the incorporation of those preservatives and antioxidants, as well as their permitted levels of use, in GSFA. To help trade better understand the amended regulation, the HKG issued a ?User Guideline?, which provides the definition of each food category of the newly adopted food category system. Also, the Guidelines include some questions and answers pertaining to the amended regulations. The full Guidelines are available at the following website: http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/whatsnew/whatsnew_fstr/files/User_Guideline_e.pdf Hong Kong?s Preservatives Regulation adopts the principle of a positive list. In other words, Hong Kong does not allow any preservatives or antioxidants in foods if they are not expressly permitted by the Preservatives Regulation. The list of permitted preservatives and their maximum permitted levels may be retrieved from the following website: http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr07-08/english/subleg/negative/ln085-08-e.pdf More information on the amended Preservatives Regulation, pleases see gain reports HK#7018 and HK#8021. ? Biotech Food Related Regulations The HKG does not have any specific biotechnology regulations with regard to the labeling of biotech food products. The HKG makes no distinction between conventional and biotech foods. All are subject to the same food safety regulation. The HKG, after evaluating the impact of its voluntary labeling scheme for biotech food products over the past year, released its conclusions to the Legislative Council on July 8, 2008, suggesting there is no need for a mandatory labeling law in Hong Kong. The HKG noted difficulty in carryout a law that currently does not have an international standard to back it up. As a result of its evaluation, the HKG plans to continue to promote voluntary labeling of GMO products as a viable alternative for the trade. The HKG released a set of guidelines on voluntary labeling for biotech foods in 2006. The guidelines on labeling for biotech foods are advisory in nature and do not have any legal effect. Adoption is entirely voluntary and is not binding. The guidelines apply to prepackaged food. The guidelines are based on the following four principles. 1. The labeling of biotech food will comply with the existing food legislation. 2. The threshold level applied in the guideline for labeling purpose is 5 percent, in respect of individual food ingredient. 3. Additional declaration on the food label is recommended when significant modifications of the food, e.g. composition, nutrition value, level of anti- nutritional factors, natural toxicant, presence of allergen, intended use, introduction of an animal gene, etc, have taken place. 4. Negative labeling is not recommended. As the guideline is voluntary, U.S. food exports should not be affected if they choose not to have any biotech labeling. However, it should be noted that the HKG does not encourage negative labeling particularly for the use of the following terms: 1. GMO free 2. Free from GM ingredients, etc For products with such definite negative labeling, the HKG may take the initiative to test the products against GM ingredients and zero tolerance will be adopted for testing purposes. If products are found to have misleading labeling, a retailer may be subject to prosecution under Section 61 ? False Labeling and Advertisement of Food or Drugs of Chapter 132 Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance. (Available at http://www.legislation.gov.hk/eng/home.htm) If the trade chooses to apply negative labeling, the government advises to use less definite terms such as ?sourced from non-GM sources? (which contains less than 5 percent of GM content) and to have documentation to substantiate such declaration. For more details on the voluntary labeling guidelines and biotechnology in Hong Kong, please refer to Gain Report HK#6026 & HK#9016 respectively. Certification Requirements for Seafood Products HKG is in the process of drawing up new certification requirements for all fish and seafood products. Currently, it is not mandatory to provide health certificates for seafood imports to Hong Kong, though U.S. exporters usually provide health certificates (on a state level) for shipments in order to facilitate customs clearance. Section III. Market Sector Structure and Trends Among the three major market sectors of Hong Kong: the retail and HRI (hotel, restaurant and institutional) sectors present the best opportunity for U.S. exporters. The food processing sector in Hong Kong is relatively smaller and presents less opportunity for market development. Food Retail Total retail sales of food and drinks in Hong Kong for 2009 are expected to reach US$8 billion, representing a growth of around 1.5% compared to 2008. Despite a highly centralized supermarket retail network, with two supermarket chains accounting for about 80% of the supermarket turnover, the total number of retail establishments stands at approximately 14,842. These retail establishments include (1) 72 supermarkets and convenience store establishments (the number of supermarkets and convenience stores is about 1,384 if branch outlets are included) and (2) 13,458 wet market stalls and ?mom and pop? shop operators. Retail shops in Hong Kong generally are very small in size, about 98% of which hire less than 10 employees[4] . Traditionally, Hong Kong consumers shop for food daily because of a preference for fresh food. Much of the shopping is still done in traditional markets including wet markets and mom-and-pop shops. While both wet market and supermarket sales are increasing, supermarkets are taking a greater share of total sales. The supermarket?s share in terms of retail sales rose from 44% of total sales in 1995 to 53% in 2006. Although there will not be significant growth of the number of supermarkets[5] , retail sales share of supermarket is expected to continue to expand in the future at the expense of that of traditional markets. Many supermarkets in Hong Kong now have successfully tapped the fresh food market by offering fresh foods at very competitive prices and providing a comfortable shopping environment, which is very different from traditional wet market In short, wet markets are strong in fresh foods, while supermarkets are strong in processed, chilled and frozen, high added value, and canned food products. The competition between wet markets and supermarkets has intensified in recent years. Some wet markets have turned air-conditioned and provide free shuttle to nearby residential areas. [4] Based on latest available statistics (2005) from the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department and GAIN Report HK6028 [5]Statistics on the number of supermarkets between 2001-2005, Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department Supermarkets Profiles of Leading Supermarket Chains in Hong Kong Name of Ownership Food Sales No. of Outlets Type of Purchasing Retailer agent Wellcome Hong Kong over US$1 246, 20 which are Importers/Agents billion superstores[6] Exporters Consolidators ParknShop Hong Kong over US$1 230, 50 of which are Importers/Agents billion superstores[7] Exporters Consolidators China China not 99, 5 of which are Importers/Agents Resources available superstores Exporters Supermarket Dah Chong Hong Kong not 50 Importers/Agents Hong available Exporters Jusco Stores Japan About 6 within department Importers/Agents (HK) Ltd. US$247 stores and 3 separate million stores[8] CitySuper Hong Kong not 4 and 1 other called Importers/Agents available Log-on selling snacks Consolidators only; 1 convenience store called Pit-in Oliver Hong Kong Not 1 Importers/Agents Delicatessen available Consolidators Uny Japan Not 1 Importers/Agents available Sogo Japan Not 2 Importers/Agents available [6]Website of the Dairy Farm Group [7]Website of the Cheung Kong Group and Hutchison Whampoa Group [8]Annual Report of AEON (HK) Stores Company Ltd. There are two dominant supermarket chains in Hong Kong: The Wellcome Co. Ltd. (246 outlets with 20 superstores) and ParknShop (over 230 with 50 superstores). ParknShop and Wellcome account for about 80% of all supermarket turnovers in Hong Kong. Both supermarkets are able to work closely with real estate developers to open stores in strategic locations, thus maintaining their significant market share. The other players include: China Resources Supermarket (CRC), Dah Chong Hong, Jusco and City Super. In the past decade, a ?superstore? concept has emerged in the operation of supermarkets, blending the Western supermarket style with a traditional Hong Kong wet market. Superstores offer traditional Chinese fresh food like live fish, meats, ready- to-eat foods and market-style fruit and vegetables as well as the most extensive range of international products. ParknShop opened its first superstore in 1996 with a floor area of 45,000 sq. ft. Presently, its largest supermarket in Hong Kong has a floor area of 72,000 sq. ft. giving customers a modern one-stop shopping solution. The store sells over 20,000 product categories ranging from snacks to electrical household appliances. The ParknShop supermarket chain carries two of its own-label product lines, namely PARKnSHOP and Best Buy, first introduced in 1995. ParknShop is also associated with three other supermarkets by the name of Great, Taste, and Gourmet. These three high- end supermarkets cater mostly to the expatriates and more affluent clientele. They are ideal outlets for innovative, quality and priced international food products. These stores also carry a wide selection of organic products. Great adopts a stylish international food hall concept and its flagship store offers over 46,000 gourmet items. The first 35,000 square feet TASTE food galleria was opened in November 2004, and features more than 25,000 quality food items sourced from around the world. Gourmet, opened in 2005, occupied 15,000-square-foot store offering a selection of over 20,000 products carried across 30 merchandise categories of quality and premium foods. Dairy Farm, which owns another major supermarket chain ? Wellcome, has opened an upscale supermarket in Hong Kong?s central commercial area catering to the more affluent clientele. The new store called ?Three Sixty? was opened in November 2006. With a floor area of 23,000 square feet, it is Hong Kong?s largest retail outlet for organic and natural products. About 6,000 items or 70% of the items in the store will be organic or natural products. The store includes an organic sector for baby products. ?Health? and ?natural? are the key concepts of this store. The second ?Three Sixty? was opened in October 2007. China Resources focuses on local customers. While carrying a variety of products from different countries, a major portion of them comes from China. Dah Chong Hong?s outlets are generally located near wet markets. While being an importer of a variety of products, its retail outlets focus on frozen meat and seafood products. Dah Chong Hong is a major food importer too. CitySuper and Oliver Delicatessen capture an upscale market. Clientele includes mainly well-off middle class and expatriates. Customers are generally receptive to western foods. Both high-end supermarkets require no listing fees. Gateway Superstore and PrizeMart are two supermarkets in Hong Kong selling primarily U.S. products. PrizeMart has 11 stores and Gateway has 2 stores. Both supermarkets import directly from US consolidators and do not charge listing fees. Jusco, Sogo and Uny are Japanese department stores with a supermarket section. These supermarkets attract many middle-class customers, who are receptive to new products and do not mind to pay for higher prices for higher quality products. These three stores are popular spots for in-store promotions as they are packed with consumers seven days a week. In 2006, Jusco opened 2 separate supermarkets, which were not set up within a department store. Hong Kong supermarkets that require listing fees, are fees charged to allow a new product to be put on their shelves. This is a one-off fee for a trial period. The listing fees are extremely negotiable and vary greatly among different supermarket chains. Major supermarket chains, such as Wellcome and ParknShop which have many branch stores, have expensive listing fees. Industry sources revealed that key supermarket chains may charge HK$1,000 (US$130) per SKU for each of its store. A 30% discount may be offered to certain suppliers. The discount offered varies tremendously depending on the popularity of the products and the bargaining power of the supplying companies. Agents/importers will not bear this cost as it is normally just transferred to their principals. U.S. exporters should be prepared to encounter numerous trading term demands from Hong Kong food retailers, such as promotional discounts (number of discount promotions offered each year); back-end income (flat rebate per year that a U.S. exporter has to pay to the retail chain based on the annual turnover); D.G.A. (Distribution allowance - the fee that the supermarkets charge for distributing the products from its warehouse to its many branch stores); and incentive rebate (a percentage of turnover rebated to the supermarkets in case sales exceed the agreed amount). It can be expected that the bigger the supermarket, the harsher the trading terms. For general reference, about 15% of the annual turnover has to be rebated to the major supermarkets and 8% to small ones. Agents representing very popular items with large turnover usually have a stronger bargaining power and will be able to negotiate for a lower rebate rate. In face of strong competition, major supermarket stores often offer discounts and tend to transfer the cost to suppliers by requesting lower prices for supplies. Given supermarkets? strong bargaining power, many suppliers have to give supermarkets special discounts which ordinary retailers do not enjoy. There is excellent growth potential in Hong Kong?s retail food market for U.S. grocery store items, particularly new and different items, as food retail outlets continue to increase and diversify. Because of established ties and traditional relationships, most of Hong Kong?s supermarket chains traditionally looked to Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada for supplies. In recent years, however, buying habits are shifting and many more American items are now available on local grocery store shelves. Supermarkets tend to use consolidators to help them source new products which are popular in the United States. Market Entry Approach Through setting up a representative office in Hong Kong: While this is the most effective approach, it is very costly. Through U.S. Consolidators: Major supermarkets in Hong Kong work with U.S. consolidators for some of their products. However, the product quantities requested per shipment are usually small, especially when new products are purchased to test the market. Using Hong Kong Agents: This is the most popular approach. The advantage of having an agent is that it can help with marketing and distribution. Some companies may secure a very competitive price package with TV/magazine/radio for advertisements. In addition, well-established companies have extensive distribution networks not limited to one or two supermarkets. Direct to Supermarkets: For branded products to sell direct to supermarkets, supermarkets usually require exclusive rights in selling the products in Hong Kong through their own outlets only. Otherwise, they will not consider any direct imports. In this case, expensive listing fees may be waived. For non-branded and large turnover products such as fruit, meat, and vegetables, supermarkets tend to buy direct from overseas exporters to cut costs. Direct selling to supermarkets is difficult to handle because they demand strict on-time delivery and very often will not be able to take a whole container. Logistics is the largest problem that U.S. exporters have to deal with if they want to sell direct to supermarkets. However, they can better test the market if they deal directly with retailers. Convenience Stores Profiles of Leading Convenience Stores in Hong Kong Retailer Ownership No. of Locations Purchasing Year Clients? Name Outlets agent established age 7-Eleven Hong Kong 747 Hong Kong Importers 1981 15-35 Agents Circle K Hong Kong 260 Hong Kong Importers 1985 15-35 Agents There are around 1,000 convenience stores in Hong Kong. Two major chains dominate the market: 7-Eleven (747 outlets) and Circle K (260 outlets). They are targeting the customer age group of 15-35. Convenience stores are characterized by round-the-clock operation. Since only a limited choice of brand names is available and prices are generally less competitive, most purchases are ?convenience? in nature, i.e. goods are normally bought in small quantities for immediate consumption. Good sales items include packaged drinks, beer and snack food. The average size of a convenience store is 1,000 sq. ft. Listing fees are also required for convenience stores. 7-Eleven is owned by Dairy Farm, which is also the parent company of the giant supermarket chain of Wellcome. Many of 7-Eleven stores are strategically located in MTR (subway) and KCR (train) stations, popular shopping malls and housing developments throughout Hong Kong. Market Entry Approach Convenience stores largely buy goods from local importers and agents. Therefore, U.S. food exporters have to go through Hong Kong importers to have their products sold in convenience stores. Traditional Markets Traditional markets include wet markets and mom-and-pop shops. They are widespread throughout the territory. Traditional markets used to account for the lion?s share of food retail. For example, they occupied around 54% of total retail food sales between 1995 and 1997. Yet supermarkets sales have exceeded traditional markets sales since 1998, and the dominating trend of the former is likely to persist and deepen in the future. Despite the growing significance of supermarkets in terms of food retailing, traditional markets remain as key food retail outlets, particularly for seafood, meat and groceries. Wet markets in Hong Kong have changed gradually over the years. The newly built markets are built and managed by the Hong Kong government with air-conditioning, more hygienic and pleasant environment than the old ones. Some, but not all, stalls in wet markets have freezers and chilling equipment, which is necessary to maintain food quality. Mom-and-pop shops around housing estates and schools are ideal retail outlets for drinks and snack foods. Such traditional markets offer small stalls and personal services that many Hong Kong consumers enjoy. Yu Kee, a traditional mom-and-pop shop, which started business in 1990, has expanded to 67 stores spreading all over Hong Kong in recent years. The stores have floor area ranging around 1,500 sq. feet each. They sell mainly processed foods and produce. Most of the food supplies in these shops come from China and South East Asia. They also import snack foods and drinks from Europe. However, U.S. foods are not yet on their shelves. The stores feature cheap prices and are after the mass market. Market Entry Approach U.S. food exporters must go through local importers or agents that have good distribution networks. Trends in Promotional/Marketing Strategies and Tactics Supermarkets expanding store size: The supermarket industry is undergoing a face-lift to introduce larger size stores with an objective to provide one-stop shopping and convenience for customers. In addition to traditional grocery and household products, supermarkets are moving towards larger, more modern stores with more fresh food. Increasing demand for promotion package and discounts: Hong Kong consumers are very price sensitive. Marketing tactics such as selling larger economy packs or enclosing complimentary samples are usually used to stimulate sales. The most direct and effective marketing tool is to offer discounts. Various promotions have varying impact on consumers? purchasing decisions. According to the findings of a survey conducted by the Consumer Council in 2005, nearly 75% of the respondents opted for a ?Direct Price-Cut? as the most important factor in prompting them to buy the goods. This was followed by ?Buy One Get One Free? or ?Buy Two Get One Free? (55.5%); ?Add $1 for One More? (42.7%); ?Add-Volume Pack? (39.8%); and ?Free Gift/Coupon? (19.8%), which had the least impact on bargain hunters. In face of strong competition, major supermarket stores often offer discounts and tend to transfer the cost to suppliers by requesting lower prices for supplies. Given supermarkets? strong bargaining power as they have many retail outlets, many suppliers have to give supermarkets special discounts which ordinary retailers do not enjoy. Consumers becoming increasingly health-conscious and organic products picking up in popularity. There has been a gradual shift in what food consumers want in Hong Kong. The importance of meat, especially red meat, has declined among some consumers, while other food groups, such as fruits and vegetables, are gaining in popularity. Consumers increasingly look for freshness, healthiness, new varieties and shorter meal-preparation time for food. Consumers want foods of higher nutritional value, but also increasingly pay attention to food safety and hygiene. In short, the marketing trend is to position food products as healthy, natural, nutritional, etc. Internet direct sales of food: Major supermarkets like ParknShop and Wellcome offer grocery shopping over their website. The service is however not attracting a lot of interest, due to the convenience of shopping in Hong Kong, security concerns over payment via the internet and the cost of delivery. However, the at-work population in Hong Kong is becoming a coveted audience among marketers to leverage the internet as a medium of advertising. The at-work online audience is large and growing - out of the total Hong Kong workforce of 3.52 million, about 20 % regularly go online at work. These regular Hong Kong internet users are a demographically attractive group of individuals who have higher than average incomes, educations and tendencies to shop and buy online. Growing awareness of U.S. products fit supermarkets? needs to diversify product range: with awareness of the high quality and variety of U.S. food products increasing among supermarkets, there are many opportunities to introduce new U.S. products to the local market. ATO Hong Kong selectively invites key supermarket buyers to the United States on buying missions, which are followed by in-store promotions highlighting U.S. products. Buyers from Hong Kong supermarkets realize the quick-changing consumption temperament of local consumers, and many have expressed the need to source new products to capture changing tastes. With strong support from exporters and state regional trading groups, the ATO continues its efforts to promote U.S. products and help supermarkets expand their range of U.S. products. To promote U.S. food products, the ATO sponsors major trade shows in Hong Kong, such as: 2nd Hong Kong Int?l http://hkwinefair.hktdc.com Nov 4-6, 2009 Wine & Spirits Fair Vinexpo Asia Pacific http://www.vinexpo.com/en/asia-pacific-2010 May 25-27, 2010 2010 Asia Fruit Logistica 2010 http://www.asiafruitlogistica.com Sep 8-10, 2010 3rd Hong Kong Int?l Wine http://hkwinefair.hktdc.com Nov 2010 & Spirits Fair HOFEX 2011 http://www.hofex.com May 11-14, 2011 For further information on the Hong Kong food retail sector, please refer to ?Retail Food Sector Report 2008" (Gain Report #HK8032). Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional (HRI) Hong Kong restaurants enjoyed a very good year in 2008, as the value of total restaurant receipts was over US$10 billion and the value of restaurant purchases was US$3.6 billion, representing an increase of 13 % and 17 % respectively over 2007. Due to the strong economic growth in mainland China, Hong Kong has faired through the global financial crisis with nominal affects so far. It is expected that restaurant receipts in 2009 will remain at the level of US$10 billion[9] as in 2008. [9]Estimated figures based on analysis of the economy, market trends and interviews with HRI traders As a ?Gourmet Paradise?, Hong Kong has around 11,116 restaurants serving a wide range Eastern and Western cuisines along with a wide variety of culinary delights. 45% of them are Chinese restaurants, 40% are non-Chinese restaurants and 15% are fast food shops. In addition, there are over 1,000 bars and other eating and drinking establishments[10]. Chinese restaurants are popular among local citizens and tourists. There are a variety of Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong serving different regional cuisines: Canton, Shanghai, Beijing?etc. A typical lunch at a Chinese restaurant costs around HK$100- 300 per person and a typical dinner costs around HK$150-400 per person[11]. Many Hong Kong consumers enjoy western food, as do the 30+ million tourists expected in 2009. Western restaurants are always full of customers of all ages and classes. 5- Star and other high-end western restaurants are as likely to be dominated by local citizens as visiting business people. Japanese food, fast food chains, coffee and snack and casual dining establishments are also increasing their presence. A typical lunch at a nice western restaurant costs around HK$100-300 per person and a typical dinner costs around HK$200-500 per person[12]. Fast food outlets are popular among Hong Kong consumers. The most popular fast food chains in Hong Kong are McDonald?s, KFC and Pizza Hut. There are also some large local fast food chains such as Café De Coral, Maxim?s and Fairwood that serve both Chinese and western foods. Competition among fast food chains is intense and keeping the price for a meal at a very low level. The average cost is around HK$25 for breakfast, HK$30 for lunch, HK$20 for afternoon tea and HK$50 for dinner (US$1 = HK$7.8). To further meet competition, many fast food operators have renovated their outlets to make them look more modern, spacious and attractive. To meet the demand of a growing number of health-conscious customers, fast food chains have also introduced more new ingredients and developed healthy-food options such as salads, fruits, and fresh juices. The coffee shop market is growing in Hong Kong, especially among younger professionals. In recent years, the trend has been to open upstairs cafes to save on rental costs. They are largely located in commercial areas. Starbucks (95 outlets) and Pacific Coffee (62 outlets) are Hong Kong?s two largest coffee shop chains. Virtually all offer high end muffins, pastries, cakes, health bars, prepackaged cold sandwiches, and bottled beverages (juices and water). McDonalds has also vigorously expanded its McCafe in order to gain share in this growing market. Of its 152 outlets, 47 have already included McCafes inside their shops. Due to an increasing number of food safety scares, particularly from Mainland China, Hong Kong diners prefer to eat fresh foods rather than processed, chilled, frozen etc. Hong Kong consumers have become increasingly aware of food safety and nutrition. These issues have been used successfully as marketing points for various food commodities and specific products. The growth of ?Mix? and other similar juice bars are good examples of specialty restaurants for healthy products. Organic foods are also gaining popularity as evidenced by the growth of specialized retail outlets for organic foods. There is increasing opportunity for U.S. products and ingredients in this sector. [10]Source: Hong Kong Census & Statistics Department [11]Source: menus of selected Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong?s Central District and interviews with consumers in July- August 2008 (US$1=HK$7.8) [12]Source: Menus of selected western restaurants in Hong Kong?s Central District and interviews with consumers in July- August 2008 (US$1=HK$7.8) Market Entry Approach Because of small individual consumption, local hotels, restaurants and most fast food operators usually cannot afford to import directly. The distribution of food and beverages to these operators is generally through import agents. U.S. exporters should contact Hong Kong importers to explore potential business opportunities. Trends in Promotional/Marketing Strategies and Tactics Participation in trade shows: There are a good number of trade shows that can help promote high quality US F&B products: 2nd Hong Kong Int?l Wine & http://hkwinefair.hktdc.com Nov 4-6, 2009 Spirits Fair Vinexpo Asia Pacific 2010 http://www.vinexpo.com/en/asia-pacific-2010 May 25-27, 2010 Asia Fruit Logistica 2010 http://www.asiafruitlogistica.com Sep 8-10, 2010 3rd Hong Kong Int?l Wine & http://hkwinefair.hktdc.com Nov 2010 Spirits Fair HOFEX 2011 http://www.hofex.com May 11-14, 2011 The above shows provide showcases for U.S. food ingredients, wine and beverages to Hong Kong?s hotel and restaurant trade. In cooperation with cooperators and regional groups, the show will demonstrate the versatility and safety of U.S. food products. Menu promotions with major restaurant chains: Menu promotion dollars will be maximized if spent on promotion events held with the major restaurant chains. With the restaurant chains? announced intention to have an image overhaul, this provides for an opportunity to introduce new U.S. foods. Inviting restaurant owners/chefs to seminars and/or to the United States: ATO Hong Kong/ cooperators organize seminars and trade missions to the U.S. with an intention to introduce U.S. products, meet U.S. exporters, and experience U.S. store formats. For more information on Hong Kong?s HRI sector, please refer to Gain Report #9004. Food Processing The food processing industry in Hong Kong is relatively small compared to food retail and HRI sectors. The total output of the local food processing industry is estimated at US$1.8 billion. Major local production includes instant noodles, macaroni, spaghetti, biscuits, pastries and cakes for both domestic consumption and export. Other significant sectors include canning, preserving and processing of seafood (such as fish, shrimp, prawns, and crustaceans); manufacture of dairy products (fresh milk, yogurt and ice cream); seasoning and spirits. Based on the trade agreement between Hong Kong and China (called Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, or CEPA in short), all foods and beverages made in Hong Kong, subject to the CEPA's rules of origin, can enjoy duty-free access to the Chinese mainland. Non-Hong Kong made processed food and beverages products remain subject to tariff rates of up to 35%, and 65% for alcoholic drinks, according to China?s 2006 tariff schedule. The CEPA zero tariff product list includes aqua ? marine products, food and beverages, (certain dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, certain prepared meats, certain sugar confectioneries and cocoa preparations; certain preserved meats and seafood, bread, biscuits and cakes; preserved vegetables and fruits, fruit juices; sauces, water, etc.) and leather and fur products. Processed food and beverages items have to comply with the Hong Kong rule of origin in order to be imported to China tariff free. The rule of origin of individual products is basically determined by the manufacturing or processing operation. For example, milk and cream products are considered as ?made in Hong Kong? only when the manufacturing processes of mixing, freezing sterilization and cooling are conducted in Hong Kong. The origin criteria for nuts is that the baking, seasoning, and/coating have to be done in Hong Kong. In the case of ginseng, the principal manufacturing processes of cutting and grinding have to be conducted in Hong Kong. Ice cream was the only food item being allowed to be exported to China tariff free in 2004 during the first phase of CEPA. However, the food items were greatly expanded in phase II which started in January 2005. It was noticed that Hong Kong?s food and agricultural domestic exports to China greatly increased by 31 percent in 2005. No published statistics are available to prove that the surge in domestic exports to China was due to the waiving of tariff. However, there is reason to believe that CEPA II is at work, as seen by the sudden reversion of trade trends. China?s zero import tariff applications for products made in Hong Kong certainly encourage food production in Hong Kong. The expansion of the local food processing industry will then trigger off a demand for raw materials. Such demand provides export opportunities for U.S. food ingredients suppliers. A full zero-tariff product list is available at: http://www.tid.gov.hk/english/cepa/cepa2.html Market Entry Approach Food ingredients are sourced both through direct import by food processors and through middleman traders. Hong Kong traders and end-users tend to stay with suppliers with whom they know well and have done business with for some time. While exporters would do well exploring all channels, patience and understanding are required to establish a relationship of trust before trading can commence. SECTION IV. BEST CONSUMER ORIENTED PRODUCT PROSPECTS Notes : 1 95% of Hong Kong food supplies are imported. Since Hong Kong?s domestic production is nominal the market size in the following table is equal to retained imports without taking into account local production. U.S. exports to Hong Kong are also based on imports minus exports. 2 Import tariff rates for all food and beverage products in the tables are zero except for spirits with an alcohol content greater than 30%, which is 100%. 3 Products listed below are either enjoying a large market import value or a significant growth rate for the last 5 years (2004-2008). Top 10 Prospects in 2009 Product 2008 2008 2004 ? Key Constraints Market Category Retained Retained 2008 Over Market Attractiveness Imports Imports Average Development For USA (MT) (US$ Annual million) Retained Import Growth Fish & Volume US$2.6 +6.3% Major suppliers of US fish and Seafood statistics billion (value) fish and seafood seafood products Products not products are Japan are perceived as available Expected (15%), Australia high quality and to reach (12%), China safe. US$2.7 (12%), Indonesia billion in (5%), New Zealand Retained imports 2009 (4%) and the US of US fish and (5%). seafood products have grown by over 28% between 2004 and 2008. Many 5-star hotels in Hong Kong are carrying Alaska seafood products such as king salmon, king crab, snow crab, black cod and halibut. It is anticipated that these seafood products will continue to be popular among HRI sector in Hong Kong. Fresh Fruit 531,671 US$596 -1.7% The Hong Kong US fresh fruit are MT million (volume) fresh fruit market well known for had negative their large Expected Expected +4.5% volume growth over variety, good to reach to reach (value) the past 5 years quality and 595,000 US$670 because of bad tastes. MT in million in crops in some 2009 2009 categories. US is the largest supplier (28%) of Hong Kong fresh fruit to consumers prefer Hong Kong, fresh fruit to frozen followed by fruit. Competition Thailand (23%). from Thailand and China is keen as The top US fruit these countries exports to Hong supply tropical fresh Kong are citrus fruit at competitive products (US$99 prices. The shorter million), grapes travel time for (US$78 million), shipments from apples (US$40 these countries to million), cherries Hong Kong also (US$23 million), render their plums, sloes & products ?fresh? to peaches (US$16 Hong Kong million) and consumers. strawberries (US$11 million). These US products will continue to be popular among Hong Kong consumers. Poultry 321,332 US$616 -6.6% Brazil is the leading U.S. exported Products MT million (volume) supplier of poultry US$137 million for Hong worth of chicken Expected Expected +10.6% Kong. Brazil moved products to Hong to reach to reach (value) in as the no. 1 Kong, accounting 328,000 US$610 poultry exporter to for 12% of the MT in million in Hong Kong when market share. 2009 2009 U.S. poultry imports were temporarily banned during February 11 to April 30, 2004 due to Avian Influenza cases in the U.S. Though the ban was later lifted, Brazil U.S. products are continues to be the highly regarded in largest supplier due food quality and to price advantage food safety. of its products and More popular U.S. its exporters? chicken products relationships with include chicken Hong Kong wing mid joints importers. and chicken legs The reduced because of their supplies of live sizes and chickens from China quality. These to Hong Kong have two products are resulted in particularly increased demand popularly among for chilled whole Hong Kong style chickens from China cafes. as an alternative. Hong Kong?s new certification requirements for U.S. chicken feet, which took effect in May 2005, reduced U.S. chicken feet supplies to Hong Kong. By the new standard requirement, U.S. chicken feet are required to have ante mortem and post mortem inspection. Pork 172,599 US$462 +2% China and Brazil are U.S. exported MT million (volume) the top suppliers of US$102 million pork to Hong Kong worth of pork to Expected Expected +16% because their Hong Kong, to reach to reach (value) products are very accounting for 172,600 US$460 price competitive. 16% of the MT in million in market share. 2009 2009 There is a big demand for price U.S. products are competitive highly regarded prepared/preserved for quality and meatballs and other food safety. products typical in Chinese dishes in Chinese restaurants, which are made from pork. China enjoys the advantage of low processing cost. Processed 173,704 US$249 +2% China is the largest US processed fruit Fruit & MT million (volume) supplier (30%), and vegetables Vegetables closely followed by are well known of +6% the US (30%). their superior Expected Expected (value) quality and to reach to reach Some international tastes. US 173,700 US$288 brands have processed fruit MT in million in operations in China and vegetables 2009 2009 and their exports to such as potatoes, Hong Kong are nuts, sweet corn, considered as mushrooms, imports from China. peaches and pineapples will continue to be in large demand in Hong Kong. Beef, 72,958 MT US$270 +14% Because of BSE U.S. exported Frozen million (volume) cases in the U.S., US$38 million Hong Kong currently worth of beef to Expected Expected +28% allows boneless beef Hong Kong in to reach to reach (value) derived from cattle 2008, accounting 80,680 US$308 under 30 months of for 12% of the MT in million in age from U.S. E.V market share. 2009 2009 (Export Verification) Although U.S. approved plants. beef were banned entry in Hong Bone-in beef and Kong in 2004 and variety beef from 2005, Hong Kong the U.S. are not yet consumers still allowed in. have high regards for U.S. beef in Currently only 25 terms of quality plants have been EV and safety. approved and are eligible to export More popular U.S. beef products to beef products in Hong Kong. 2009 include: Short U.S. beef strip loin, rib eye supplies make U.S. and tenderloin[13]. beef very expensive. Brazil beef took the opportunity to gain market shares. Brazil beef imports grew from US$49 million in 2004 to US$160 million in 2008. Wine 23.4 US$279 +15% Competition is keen U.S. exported million million (volume) in Hong US$19 million of liters Kong. Major wine to Hong +40% competitors come Kong in 2008, Expected Expected (value) from France and accounting for to reach to reach Australia. French 5% of the market 36 million US$391 wine is traditionally share. liters in million in more popular in 2009 2009 Hong Kong. The HKG abolished the import tax on wine and beer in February 2008. The HRI sector in Macau is growing, making it an excellent opportunity for U.S. wine traders to expand their exports. Hong Kong consumers are getting more and more receptive to wine drinking practice. The total elimination of the excise tax on wine would probably help nurture wine drinking culture in Hong Kong. Beer 156 million US$89 +6% China and Korea are Hong Kong liters million (volume) major suppliers of abolished the beer and their beers 20% excise tax Expected Expected +6% have been very on beer imports to reach to reach (value) price competitive. and created 157 US$105 opportunity for million million in US beer to gain liters in 2009 more market 2009 shares in Hong Kong. Fruit & 21,724 MT US$31 +1% The US is still the Given the high Vegetable million (volume) market leader, quality of US fruit Juices exported US$13 & vegetable Expected Expected +9% million worth of juices, US fruit to reach to reach (value) fresh fruit juices to and vegetable 21,535 US$25 Hong Kong, juices such as MT in million in accounting for a orange juices, 2009 2009 market share of apple juices, 41%. grape juices, grapefruit juices, tomato juices and pineapple juices are expected to continue to be very popular in 2009[14]. Organic Statistics Statistics Statistics Organic F&B As Hong Kong Food and not not not products are consumers are Beverage available available available generally 20-40% becoming more higher in prices health-conscious, (The size compared to non- the demand for of the organic products. organic products Hong Kong will continue to organic There are many grow in 2009. food and organic standards in beverage the market and the USDA Organic market is poor quality of a enjoys an estimated country?s organic excellent at US$500 products may reputation among million, negatively affect the consumers in with an image of organic Hong annual products from all Kong. Consumers growth of supplying countries. generally have 10-15% more confidence [15]) on USDA Organic standards than other countries?. Grain products, soybeans, cereals, oats, noodles?etc are in good demand. Other products such as organic meat (beef and pork), condiments, poultry, eggs etc are starting to have more interest in the market. There is also a strong demand for organic vegetables and fruits, organic coffee and tea products[16]. [13] Interview with one of the largest local beef importers [14] Analysis of Hong Kong F&B import statistics and discussions with US fruit & vegetable cooperators in Hong Kong [15] In discussions with leading Hong Kong organic food importers and retailers [16] In discussions with leading Hong Kong organic food importers and retailers SECTION V. KEY CONTACTS AND FURTHER INFORMATION Post Contact Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Home Page: http://www.fas.usda.gov Agricultural Trade Office American Consulate General 18th Floor, St. John?s Building 33 Garden Road, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2841-2350 Fax: (852) 2845-0943 E-Mail: ATOHongKong@usda.gov Internet Homepage: http://www.usconsulate.org.hk http://www.usfoods-hongkong.net Department to implement food safety control policy Food & Environmental Hygiene Department 43/F., Queensway Govt Offices 66 Queensway, Hong Kong Tel: 852-2868-0000 Fax: 852-2834-8467 Web site: http://www.fehd.gov.hk Department to control the importation of plants & live animals Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department 5-8/F., Cheung Sha Wan Govt Offices 303, Cheung Sha Wan Rd Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: 852-2708-8885 Fax: 852-2311-3731 Web site: http://www.afcd.gov.hk Department to issue license for imported reserved commodities Trade & Industry Department 18/F., Trade Department Tower 700 Nathan Road Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: 852-2392-2922 Fax: 852-2789-2491 Web site: http://www.tid.gov.hk Department to register health foods containing medicine ingredients Department of Health Pharmaceuticals Registration Import & Export Control Section 18th Floor, Wu Chung House 213 Queen?s Road Ea
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