The Scandic Group

Scandic Sourcing was set-up in 2006 with the purpose of helping International companies to start up operations as well as working more effectively with suppliers in China.
Scandic Foods Asia has been developing its import and distribution organization for imported foods from Scandinavia in China since 2009. 


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Together they form the Scandic Group

The Scandic Group is part consulting for SME: s, and partly a food import trading company working with Sweden’s biggest food brands. This unique combination of business areas gives the Scandic Group a deep understanding of consulting for SME:s mixed with over 6 years of experience of importing food and beverages into China.


Opportunities in China

China has grown into the world’s largest consumer market for food and beverages and annual imports are expected to reach 10 trillion USD during the next five years. Concerns over domestic food safety following a number of scandals, coupled with a growing middle class with increasing spending power has created huge surge for foreign food brands.


Key facts:

• In 2012 China surpassed the United States as the biggest food and beverage market in the world.
• China is the second fastest growing food and beverage market in the world with an annual growth rate of 30%.
• Key drivers are concerns over domestic food safety as well as increased disposable income.
• became the world’s largest market for food and grocery retail in 2011 and total retail sales are expected to grow 15% annually through to 2015 according to the Ministry of Commerce.


Service Description, importing food stuffs into China

The Scandic Group presents a fully customizable three step service to help you prepare, import and distribute your food and beverage products in China. This program will show you and your company how you can enter the market according to your own scope and reach.

First of all it’s necessary to find out whether your products fit the China standard and if there are any restriction regarding ingredients. Some E-numbers are not used in China and are hard to import. A lab tests is carried out. We draft Chinese label text including nutrition data. The second part is the import stage where we declare your goods and get it past customs. This involves translating labels to fit Chinese standards, declaring the goods for inspection by Chinese customs and CIQ inspections and clearing tariffs and VAT charges.
The third part is for when your goods have arrived into China; Scandic group can assist you with trade show space at SIAL, China’s biggest food fair, as well as marketing, in-store promotions and help initiating distribution.



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