When talking about the Chinese wine market, most Westerners think of baijiu, a strong alcoholic beverage made from grain. But young Chinese have now developed their taste for various non-Chinese wines—red, white and sparkling—and wine can be found at parties, banquets and even dinners serving strongly-flavored Chinese foods, such as hotpot. Claudia Masüger, a businesswoman from Switzerland who has been importing wines to China for over a decade, says the Chinese are becoming more sophisticated in their taste for wine, caring not just for wines, but for pairing food with the right variety of wine. Furthermore, the market for western wine in China is even larger than imagined.
Liquor tax in China is lower than in most other countries. Prof Brian Viard on whether there is a case for raising it.
As Chinese authorities implement new regulations to crack down on price-fixers, will consumers be better off or lose out in a pricing race to the bottom? China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently fined Kweichou Moutai and Wuliangye Yibin RMB 449 million (about $72 million) for violating antimonopoly laws. Although this represents only about 1% of the […]