China is increasingly emphasising the importance of food safety, while at the same time greater environmental awareness is driving ethical and green consumerism, as well as the demand for food testing and product certification services. The result is a growth market for testing institutions, beyond just compulsory product certification, with Guangdong province being one of the key markets.
The 2014 Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair saw a greater emphasis on the need for printer and packaging companies to show corporate responsibility, while 3D and augmented reality proved the event's buzzwords.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced 17 June that the United States and Hong Kong have agreed on new terms and conditions for the exportation of U.S. beef to Hong Kong. According to a USDA press release, under the new terms Hong Kong will immediately allow the importation of the full range of U.S. beef and beef products consistent with access prior to December 2003.