The leading dairy producer in Latvia Food Union announces the launch of Ekselence ice cream pop-up store in Shanghai, China, in the most premium department store New World Dai Maru which is visited by around 100 thousand visitors every day.
From 7 September and onwards Latvian ice cream is available in China. Food Union becomes the first Baltic dairy producer to enter China market, as the company told BNN.
«It was exactly three months ago when a ship full of Latvian gourmet ice cream left the shore of Latvia and began its journey to China. Today it is my honour and pleasure to welcome this vessel and announce the opening of the first Latvian ice cream pop-up store Ekselence in China,» – said Normunds Stanevics Chairman of the Board of Rigas piena kombinats.
Ekselence pop-up store design and concept represents both Ekselence ice cream and Latvian cuisine values and will offer Latvia made premium gourmet ice cream Ekselence. The store will be open daily offering Ekselence Double and Ekselence family pack ice creams in variety of tastes. The average price for Ekselence Double is EUR 5.3 (RMB 38) and for Ekselence family pack is EUR 12.33 (88 RMB).
Meanwhile Food Union launched Nu Smoothie branded sales points in five most visited and central department stores in Shanghai – Bao Shan, Zhong Huang Bai Lian, Wu Jiao Chang, Nan Jing, San Xin, that sell all natural ice cream Nu Smoothie.
«The opening of the first Ekselence pop-up store here in Shanghai’s most premium department store New World Dai Maru, makes Food Union the first dairy and ice cream producer in the Baltic region to enter China’s market. We are very happy to make this first significant move, but we do have a long journey ahead of us. We are determined to expand our business in China by offering premium, high-value, healthy and nutritious dairy products,» – commented Andrey Beskhmelnitskiy, Food Union shareholder.
«We see that Chinese consumers are becoming increasingly demanding and have sophisticated taste. Our Chinese customers are very well aware of which products are contributing to good health at all ages and life stages. This is where we see the opportunity to showcase Latvia – one of the greenest countries in the world, and promote its tourism offer, culture and agriculture traditions, as well as business and investment prospects. Food Union’s strategic mission is to contribute in building a bridge between Latvian and Chinese nations with a common objective of growth and increasing prosperity,» – added Mr.Beskhmelnitskiy.
The pop-up store and sales points will be open for two months for trial sales and after that Food Union team together with Bright Food Group will develop product portfolio for 2016 summer season sales in all the largest supermarkets in Shanghai.