The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) set up the Hong Kong Fashion Pavilion at the third China International Consumer Goods Fair (Consumer Expo) and led 22 Hong Kong companies to the exhibition, promoting more than 50 high-quality brands of mid-to-high-end consumer goods, and expanding the huge domestic market.
Say “Chile” to most Hong Kongers and the first thing that springs to mind will be supermarkets – the range of wines and out-of-season fruits brought in from the Southern Hemisphere country that spans 39 degrees of latitude and nearly 7,000 metres of altitude.
Hydroponic cultivation calls to mind galleries with thousands of plants growing on shelves under but Hong Kong start-up Farmacy HK is rolling out Farming as a Service (Faas), supplying vending-machine sized Smart Mobile Farms to bring herb and vegetable cultivation right to consumers.
A coffee machine maker moving into its second-generation is looking at business opportunities in Mainland China, creating a brand specialising in coffee machines, grinders and coffee beans, and deploying them to enter the mainland market with the help of the T-box Transformation programme of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).
Mainland China presents massive domestic sales opportunities. The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) led Hong Kong companies to participate in the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai last year and helped Hong Kong companies find partners to introduce organic and healthy foods from countries along the Belt and Road to the mainland market.
The oenophiles and zyphophiles of Hong Kong and beyond had reasons to celebrate last week as Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s (HKTDC) the 14th HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair (Special Edition) opened, marking the return of tasting sessions, suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sweet, bright red cherries are a feast for the eyes and palate during Chinese New Year festivities. But the fruiting time – early to mid-summer – is too late for sourcing from Asian or European orchards.
An incomparable wine and spirits industry platform full of grape expectations, the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair (Special Edition) is set to return in January 2023. Highlights include the Fine Wines and Premium Spirits zone, serving as the ideal promotion and sourcing platform for exhibitors and buyers from around the world. World-class beers are also on display, tapping into the growing demand for the beer market. The Friends of Wine programme showcases a selection of wine-pairing confectionery and snacks as well as olive oil products. The Wine Gallery serves an educational purpose, with wine magazines and displays of selected wines.
Food and fashion fulfil people’s fundamental needs – something that’s recognised by Hong Kong-based innovation platform The Mills Fabrica, which is focused on cultivating start-ups engaged in these two fields.
Making good use of intellectual property (IP) licensing can help companies boost their brand promotion as well as expand their customer base. Some trendy brands, including tea companies, have developed crossover cooperation with other brands, to increase brand awareness and sales by leveraging both online and offline promotions.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government’s commitment to bring forward the ban on in-house single-use plastic tableware and plastic foam food containers to the final quarter of next year is good news for the environment. It also presents plentiful opportunities for companies and start-ups offering sustainable alternatives.
Kung Wo Tong has been a well-established business for more than 100 years in Hong Kong. The company uses secret recipes passed down from the Qing dynasty to produce a herbal jelly using Guiling paste. The founder's granddaughter started her own business in recent years with her own brand Gui Ling Yuan Fang, aiming to modernise Hong Kong’s herbal tea culture and promote the concept of health preservation to a younger consumer base.