What’s Wrong With Industrial Food? In China, Nothing.

Four men, covered head to toe in protective uniforms, hover over the conveyor belt, checking off items on their notepads. The product shuttles along the manufacturing process, and is optically scanned. A second QA person, covered so thoroughly they might as well be wearing a burqa, peers out from a slit in their face covering…
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Marketing to Chinese hipsters?

Written by TSI CEO Andrew Kuiler “Hipsters” in Chinese has a special meaning. The closest approximation, 文艺青年, literally translates to “young people into literature and art.” Chinese hipsters identify with products and brands to which they feel personally connected. To market to this group, beverage brands must understand what moves them and respond accordingly. So…
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Making Sense of Premiumization in China

Written by Andrew Kuiler, CEO @ The Silk Initiative   In our recent post about whether the behavior of fast-evolving Chinese consumers can be predicted accurately, we responded to an article by McKinsey in which they revealed, among other emerging trends, the marked increase in consumer spending in premium categories. This week at The Silk…
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