Distributing food products in China

China Paradigm 97: Distributing food products in China

Distributing food products in China

Matthieu David interviews David Beutin, Sales Manager – HORECA Food Service at Lactalis International. HORECA was and is one of the most impacted business industries by the Coronavirus outbreak. How does a food service company manage to recover from such a crisis in China and how different is the business model of such a company compared to the West? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in this new China Paradigm podcast.

  • 0:10 Guest introduction
  • 02:53 State of the HORECA industry right now
  • 08:48 How has the outbreak affect distribution in China?
  • 13:29 What advice does David Beutin have for the HORECA companies in the west that are going through the outbreak?
  • 18:38 China is back in business – how should foreign companies react?
  • 21:31 Back in business after the outbreak – what challenges does that pose?
  • 24:01 Hygiene can mare or break a HORECA business
  • 26:29 How does the business look like for Lactalis in China compared to the West?
  • 30:47 A China Paradigm for Lactalis – does the business model need to be different?
  • 34:42 Does Lactalis externalize any department?
  • 40:04 How does Lactalis handle deals with its distributors?
  • 46:46 Outsourcing distributors vs direct sales
  • 51:12 What’s missing in the Chinese food market?
  • 55:20 Top priorities to consider when trying to sell food in China
  • 01:00:19 What sources does David Beutin use to stay up to date with China?
  • 01:02:27 Outro

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