Please provide a list of all the retailers in Hong Kong who import Australian organic products.
Thirteen major food and beverage retailers in Hong Kong that import Australian organic products include Great Food Hall, CitySuper, Oliver's the Delicatessen, ParknShop, Gourmet Food Hall, International, Fusion, Wellcome, Three Sixty, MarketPlace by Jasons, AEON, 759 Store, and Best Mart 360. However, it may be important to consider that ParknShop is the parent company of Great Food Hall, Gourmet Food Hall, International Food Hall, and Fusion; Wellcome is the parent company of Three Sixty, Marketplace by Jasons, and Oliver's the Delicatessen. We identified meat products, fruits, vegetables, and honey as the most frequently imported Australian organic food products in reviewing product offerings from these retailers. Below you will find a deep dive of our findings, as well as some key findings regarding the industry.
AUSTRALIAN ORGANIC IMPORTS TO HONG KONG
In order to identify major food and beverage retailers in Hong Kong that import Australian organic products, my colleagues and I relied heavily on two Australian governmental studies on this topic, as governmental documents published within the previous two years can be considered both current and reliable. Having identified a number of retailers in Hong Kong that import Australian food and beverage products, we then reviewed each retailer's corporate website to ensure that imports include Australian organic products, specifically. We developed a list of thirteen major retailers during our research, which will be discussed in more detail below.
It is noted that while these retailers are listed individually, many are owned by the same parent company. For example, ParknShop (which is a member of the A.S. Watson Group) is the parent company of Great Food Hall, Gourmet Food Hall, International Food Hall, and Fusion. Similarly, Wellcome is the parent company of Three Sixty, Marketplace by Jasons, and Oliver's Delicatessen. Organic Australian product offerings are similar between sister and parent companies. Our findings are presented below, in no particular order.
1. Great Food Hall
Great Food Hall currently operates one store in the Pacific Place shopping mall in Hong Kong, although it is notable that this store offers over 46,000 products. Great Food Hall is classified as a "high-end" retailer, and the company describes itself as "an international concept food hall and gourmet wonderland, catering to the sophisticated tastes of foodies and gourmands." Product offerings include fresh fruits, vegetables, deli and meat products, Chinese condiments, Japanese snacks, and high-quality olive oils and vinegar, as well as wines and other alcoholic beverages. Australian organic meat products are particularly prominent at this retailer.
Established in 1996, CitySuper operates four stores in Hong Kong and is classified as a "high-end supermarket." CitySuper's primary rivals include the food and beverage chains, Wellcome and ParknShop, and to distinguish itself in the market, CitySuper focuses on providing food and beverages that are typically unavailable elsewhere in Hong Kong, rendering them more expensive. Organic Australian products offered include meats, fruits, and vegetables.
3. Oliver's the Delicatessen
Oliver's the Delicatessen is billed as "Hong Kong’s leading fine food and wine store since 1981," although the company also offers meats, fruits, vegetables, and other items. A smaller retailer, Oliver's is considered a "high-end" food market, and notable Australian organic products currently offered include Australian eggs and dairy products, among others. Oliver's the Delicatessen is considered a key player in the food and beverage market in Hong Kong.
ParknShop is one of the largest supermarket chains, operating more than 170 stores in Hong Kong. ParknShop was established in 1973, and Great Food Hall, Gourmet Food Hall, International Food Hall, and Fusion operate under its umbrella of retailers. Australian organic products offered include fruits, vegetables, and honey.
5. Gourmet Food Hall
Gourmet Food Hall, a subsidiary of ParknShop, markets gourmet products primarily to upper-class buyers, and it offers more Western products than ParknShop. There are currently two stores operating in Hong Kong, and Australian organic products offered are similar to its sister company, Great Food Hall.
6. International Food Hall
International Food Hall, also a subsidiary of ParknShop, operates 14 stores in Hong Kong. As with its sister companies, Great Food Hall and Gourmet Food Hall, organic Australian meats are particularly popular with this chain.
Fusion is described as "an international superstore concept that combines the freshest produce with a wide selection of Asian and western delicacies." There are currently 43 Fusion stores in Hong Kong, and the products offered are similar to Fusion's parent and sister companies, such as the same type of organic Australian meats, fruits, and vegetables available at Great Food Hall, Gourmet Food Hall, and International Food Hall.
Wellcome is the largest supermarket chain in Hong Kong, with over 280 stores. Wellcome is the parent company of Three Sixty, MarketPlace by Jasons, and Oliver's the Delicatessen, all of which offer international food and beverage options, as well as high-end products. Organic Australian products available at Wellcome include meat, vegetables, fruits, and dairy products.
9. Three Sixty
A subsidiary of Wellcome, there is currently one Three Sixty store in Hong Kong, which is described as "Asia's first true one-stop destination for organic, natural and wholesome food." Unlike many of the other retailers discussed, Three Sixty emphasizes the sale of exclusively organic, earth-friendly, environmentally sustainable products. While we were unable to obtain a specific product list due to issues with the corporate website, at the very least, a 2010 press release from True Organic of Victoria, Australia confirms that organic Australian dairy products are available at Three Sixty.
10. MarketPlace by Jasons
Established in 2007, MarketPlace by Jasons has 33 stores in Hong Kong, where product offerings "offer consumers a unique combination of international and customised assortment of foods at competitive prices." Marketplace by Jasons features organic Australian produce and meats.
AEON operates nine stores in Hong Kong, and the retailer "provides an extensive range of foods from around the world with a large variety of Japanese foods." The target audience is middle-class consumers who can afford higher prices and are amenable to trying new products. In-store promotions are popular events. While we were unable to identify a specific product list, AEON is identified by governmental publications as a retailer of organic products that imports Australian food and beverages.
12. 759 Store
Opened in 2010, 759 Store now boasts 247 stores in Hong Kong and sells a variety of groceries, snacks, wines and alcoholic beverages, frozen meats, and pet food. A unique feature of 759 Store is that the company hopes to continue offering high-quality products while rendering prices more reasonable. Organic Australian meat products are featured in 759 stores.
13. Best Mart 360ﾟ
There are currently 40 Best Market 360ﾟstores in Hong Kong, and the company was first established in 2013. Best Mart 360ﾟis known for its "Best Quality" and "Best Price" marketing options, and products offered include "trendy snacks, beverages, personal care products and household goods." While we were unable to identify a specific product list, Best Mart 360ﾟdescribes its offerings as a "premium selection of commodities," specifically including Australian imports.
KEY FINDINGS REGARDING THE INDUSTRY
As a result of the overall wealth of its population and a strong tourism market, Hong Kong is described as a "substantial and high-value market for all kinds of food products," and it is estimated that 95 percent of all food and beverage products sold in Hong Kong are imported. However, our findings suggest that the demand for organic products is particular relevant at this time, with 60 percent of respondents in one study reporting that they have purchased organic food. In the same study, 30 percent of respondents reported they consumed organic food once per week. Overall, demand for organic food in Asia is expected to see 10 percent annual growth through 2020. One example of the rising demand for organic products is the popularity of the Natural & Organic Products Asia 2017 exhibition, which "will showcase thousands of new natural and organic products from more than 40 countries."
Australian organic products are considered particularly competitive in the organic food and beverage import market in Hong Kong. While there are approximately 500 organic farms located in Hong Kong, these local suppliers are simply unable to meet rising demand for organic food and beverages. Local farms are limited by scale, variety, and stability of organic products. In contrast, Australia is favorably viewed as a "clean and green" supplier of organic products, and strong food safety standards in Australia promote its viability as a supplier of organic products to Hong Kong. Overall, there is a significant trend towards "healthy, functional, and organic foods" in Hong Kong, and as the fourth largest supplier of imported food, Australia is well-poised to meet this demand.
It is noted that the downside of the food and beverage import market in Hong Kong is the relatively complicated distribution channel. Large food chains, such as ParknShop and Wellcome, buy products directly from overseas suppliers, but high-end retailers, such as Great Food Hall and Oliver's the Delicatessen, utilize consolidators in Australia to ensure the range and variety of products desired by consumers in Hong Kong. The use of import agents for the purchase of food and beverage products is common in Hong Kong.
In summary, thirteen major food and beverage retailers in Hong Kong that import Australian organic products include Great Food Hall, CitySuper, Oliver's the Delicatessen, ParknShop, Gourmet Food Hall, International, Fusion, Wellcome, Three Sixty, MarketPlace by Jasons, AEON, 759 Store, and Best Mart 360ﾟ. The most frequently advertised Australian organic products imported in Hong Kong include meats, fruits, vegetables, and honey.