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Lantao opens new fruit import distribution facility

Lantao, which imports premium fruit from around the world into China, has opened its seventh fresh fruit import distribution facility in Qingdao, Shandong Province.

Jim Provost of I Love Produce LLC and John Wang, chief executive officer of Lantao, were on-hand to help kick off the celebration. Shandong is one of the top farm export provinces in China, and Provost and Wang are partners in exporting organic vegetables, ginger and garlic from Shandong to North America.

qingdao-lantao-geninssHou Min, manager of Qingdao Lantao; Jim Provost, president of I Love Produce; Lin Zhi Wei, vice president of Qingdao CPPCC Committees; John Wang, CEO of Lantao; and Liu Yin Xiang President of the Qingdao International Agricultural Products Market.“Qingdao is the port and gateway for all of the produce we ship from China to North America,” Provost said in a press release. “So, it is only fitting that we have now opened a Qingdao distribution facility that will allow us to bring premium fruit from the United Stated and the world to the people of Shandong.”

Lantao’s new office in Qingdao is located in the Qingdao International Agricultural Products Market, which has a total planned area of 1,700 acres, and a total investment of 5.6 billion Yuan (about $ 9 million U.S.). Phase I officially began operations Dec. 7, 2013, and by 2014 the annual volume of fresh produce has reached 500 million tons.

“Qingdao is an attractive market for us for a number of reasons,” Wang said in the release. “With nearly 100 million population, Shandong is one of China’s most populated provinces as well as one of the most affluent. In addition, as a port city, we can import fruit from North American, South America, South Africa and Australia directly to Qingdao, reducing our transit time and cost as compared to the normal channel through South China and trucking it north.”

“Having an established importer like Lantao will draw business to the market not only from Qingdao but from other areas in Shandong including the capital city, Jinan,” Liu Yin Xiang, president of the Qingdao International Agricultural Products Market, said in the press release.

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Lantao opens new fruit import distribution facility

Lantao, which imports premium fruit from around the world into China, has opened its seventh fresh fruit import distribution facility in Qingdao, Shandong Province.

Jim Provost of I Love Produce LLC and John Wang, chief executive officer of Lantao, were on-hand to help kick off the celebration. Shandong is one of the top farm export provinces in China, and Provost and Wang are partners in exporting organic vegetables, ginger and garlic from Shandong to North America.

qingdao-lantao-geninssHou Min, manager of Qingdao Lantao; Jim Provost, president of I Love Produce; Lin Zhi Wei, vice president of Qingdao CPPCC Committees; John Wang, CEO of Lantao; and Liu Yin Xiang President of the Qingdao International Agricultural Products Market.“Qingdao is the port and gateway for all of the produce we ship from China to North America,” Provost said in a press release. “So, it is only fitting that we have now opened a Qingdao distribution facility that will allow us to bring premium fruit from the United Stated and the world to the people of Shandong.”

Lantao’s new office in Qingdao is located in the Qingdao International Agricultural Products Market, which has a total planned area of 1,700 acres, and a total investment of 5.6 billion Yuan (about $ 9 million U.S.). Phase I officially began operations Dec. 7, 2013, and by 2014 the annual volume of fresh produce has reached 500 million tons.

“Qingdao is an attractive market for us for a number of reasons,” Wang said in the release. “With nearly 100 million population, Shandong is one of China’s most populated provinces as well as one of the most affluent. In addition, as a port city, we can import fruit from North American, South America, South Africa and Australia directly to Qingdao, reducing our transit time and cost as compared to the normal channel through South China and trucking it north.”

“Having an established importer like Lantao will draw business to the market not only from Qingdao but from other areas in Shandong including the capital city, Jinan,” Liu Yin Xiang, president of the Qingdao International Agricultural Products Market, said in the press release.

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Stemilt and Lantao the first to bring Starkrimson pears from the U.S. to China

Stemilt Growers of Wenatchee, WA, and Lantao of Shanghai, China, have teamed up to be the first marketers of Washington-grown Starkrimson pears in China under the new protocol between the United States and China announced earlier this year.

Just like its name implies, Starkrimson pears have a crimson red color that brightens as its ripens. It has a juicy texture and sweet flavor with a floral essence.

TateMathisonBillYoungTate Mathison, Bill Young and Dave Martin check Stemilt Pears in China.Because of it striking red color and sweet flavor, the Starkrimson Pear is a good multi-purpose pear well-suited for the Chinese market, according to Mike Taylor, vice president of sales and marketing for Stemilt.

“Our experience is the Chinese consumer appreciates a sweet and juicy piece of fruit” he saidr.  “We expect there will be an education period to explain the difference between a typical Asian pear and our Western-style pears.  We feel very confident that Lantao, our partners in China, will do a great job in exposing both Starkrimsons and Anjous in the market, and increase their sales and acceptance with the Chinese consumers”.

Lantao has marketing and distribution facilities in six different markets in China, including the so-called “big three” Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou and also in the internal secondary cities of Shenyang, Zhengzhou and Harbin. 

“Although our initial introduction of the Starkimson pear will be in the primary markets, there has been plenty of growth in our secondary market cities for premium fruit from the United States” said John Wang, president of Lantao.  “Our so-called second-tier markets have populations of over 10 million people, with growing economies and a burgeoning middle-class.”

Dave Martin, export sales director, and Bill Young, export account manager for Stemilt Growers, were in China to see the first arrivals of the fruit earlier this month

“China is one of our important export markets, and we hope to achieve similar success with our pears as we have had with our apples and cherries,” said Martin.  “We appreciate working with Lantao because they seem to grasp our philosophy when it comes to openness, trust, honesty, commitment and the belief in the quality of our fruit.”

Stemilt is a major grower of pears in the Wenatchee region in Washington state. Starkrimson pears will be followed with an extended program of Red and Green D’anjou pear shipments into the Chinese market maintaining a steady supply of Red and Green pears through the spring, and early summer months.

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Stemilt teams up with Lantao to import Starkrimson pears from US

first importers from US to China under new Chinese protocol
Stemilt teams up with Lantao to import Starkrimson pears from US

Stemilt Growers of Wenatchee, WA and Lantao of Shanghai, China have teamed up to be the first marketers of Starkrimson pears from Washington State in China under the new protocol between the United States and China announced earlier this year.
Just like their name implies, Starkrimson pears have a crimson red color that brightens as its ripens. They have a juicy texture and sweet flavor with a floral essence.


Tate Mathison, Bill Young and Dave Martin check Stemilt Pears in China

Mike Taylor, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Stemilt, feels that the Starkrimson Pear, because of it striking red color and sweet flavor, is a good multi-purpose pear well suited for the Chinese market. “Our experience is the Chinese consumer appreciates a sweet and juicy piece of fruit” said Taylor. “We expect there will be an education period to explain the difference between a typical Asian pear and our Western style pears.  We feel very confident that Lantao, our partners in China, will do a great job in exposing both Starkrimsons and Anjous in the market, and increase their sales and acceptance with the Chinese consumers”.

Lantao has marketing and distribution facilities in six different markets in China, including the so-called “big three” Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou and also in the internal secondary cities of Shenyang, Zhengzhou and Harbin. “Although our initial introduction of the Starkimson pear will be in the primary markets, there has been plenty of growth in our secondary market cities for premium fruit from the United States” said John Wang, President of Lantao. “Our so-called second tier markets have populations of over ten-million people, with growing economies and a burgeoning middle-class.”

Dave Martin, Export Sales Director and Bill Young, Export Account Manager for Stemilt Growers were in China to see the first arrivals of the fruit earlier this month “China is one of our important export markets and we hope to achieve similar success with our pears as we have had with our apples and cherries.” Said Martin. “We appreciate working with Lantao because they seem to grasp our ‘philosophy’ when it comes to openness, trust, honesty, commitment and the belief in the quality of our fruit.”

For more information: 
Mike Taylor, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Stemilt Growers
Tel: 509-662-9667 Ext 1219

John Wang, President
Lantao
Tel (China): 011 86-21-64346071
Mobile (USA): 416-990-8808

Jim Provost, Vice President North American Sourcing
Lantao
Tel: 610-869-4664

Publication date: 9/24/2013


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