The Baby Food Market in China 2017

"The Baby Food Market in China 2017" is an analytical report by GlobalData which provides extensive and highly detailed current and future market trends in the Chinese market.

The Chinese market for baby food rose by 23% between 2010 and 2016 in terms volume, but fell for the first time in recent years in 2016. Although the market is still underdeveloped, it has benefited from greater consumer spending power, the rising levels of urbanization and increased numbers of working women. Consumption increased in all sectors except drinks, although in value terms baby milks made the greatest gains, rising by 79% between 2010 and 2016. Baby milks continue to dominate the market, accounting for over 92% of value and 86% of volume sales. Much of the remainder is made up of cereals & dry meals, wet meals claim 2-3% of value sales, with finger foods and drinks together taking less than 1% of value sales. In coming years, once regulatory changes have concluded – sales are expected to be boosted by the expansion of distribution and by rising incomes. The overall market is forecast to increase by 26% in volume and 51% in value between 2016 and 2022.

What else does this report offer?

– Consumption data based upon a unique combination of industry research, fieldwork, market sizing work and our in-house expertise to offer extensive data about the trends and dynamics affecting the industry.

– Detailed profile of the companies operating and new companies considering entry in the industry along with their key focus product sectors.

– Market profile of the various product sectors with the key features & developments, segmentation, per capita trends and the various manufacturers & brands.

– Overview of baby food retailing with a mention of the major retailers in the country along with the distribution channel.

– Future projections considering various trends which are likely to affect the industry.


– Consumption of baby food in China rose by 23% since 2010 in terms of volume. Market value rose by 78% between 2010 and 2016.

– The bulk of baby food sales continue to occur in the major cities, although increasingly affluent consumers are emerging in second-, third-, and even fourth-tier cities, as well as the better-off parts of the rural community.

– The Chinese infant formula market is the world’s largest; now well ahead of both the US and the total market in Western Europe.

– The market is highly fragmented with a large number of foreign and local manufacturers active.

– The majority of milks are now imported, due to strong consumer preference for imported products, but most cereals, meals, and other products are produced locally.

– The major distribution channels for baby food have changed dramatically over the past few years. The largest single channel for baby food is now specialist mother & baby stores (46%), while online sales account for a further 33%. Bricks & mortar food and general retailers now take only 21%.

– Overall retail sales are forecast to rise by 51% between 2016 and 2022, while volume sales will increase by 26%.

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– Investigates which categories are performing the best and how this is changing market dynamics.

Companies mentioned

Nestlé (China) Ltd


Mead Johnson Nutrition Co Ltd

Abbott (Guangzhou) Nutritionals Ltd

Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co Ltd

FrieslandCampina China

Biostime Inc

Feihe International Inc

Hangzhou Beingmate Group

Synutra International Inc/Sheng Yuan

Heinz (China) Investment Co Ltd China


Yashili Group Co Ltd

Shanghai Fangguang Foods Company

Eastwes Nutriment Co Ltd

Ausnutria Dairy (China) Company Ltd

Beijing Sanyuan Foods Co Ltd

Bright Dairy

China Huishan Dairy Holdings Company Ltd

Heilongjiang Wondersun Dairy Co Ltd

Hong Kong Wissun Group

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Background to the Market

Market Overview

Sector Analysis

Production and Trade

Company Profiles


Economic Background

Prospects and Forecasts



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