Rapid and sound development
In recent years, China's food industry has maintainedfast and sound growth, with a steady increase in economicbenefits, according to the Information Office of the StateCouncil. At present, China has 448,000 enterprises engagedin foodstuff production and processing. Among them,26,000 enterprises of designated scale occupy 72% of themarket, taking the leading role in terms of output and salesrevenue; 69,000 are enterprises not up to the designatedscale and those with more than ten employees, taking up amarket share of 18.7%; and 353,000 are small businessesor workshops with fewer than ten employees, with a marketshare of 9.3%. (See Figure 1)
Statistics show that, in 2006, industrial food enterprisesof designated scale generated RMB 2,158.695 billion yuan ofoutput value (excluding tobacco), accounting for 6.8% of thenational industrial output value, and up 23.5% year on year.
The average annual industrial added value and profitof processing enterprises of grain,oil, meat and dairy products allexceeded 20%. The outputof major foodstuffs in2006 were: wheat flour,51.93 million tons;edible vegetable oil,19.855 million tons;fresh frozen meat,11.125 million tons;dairy productS,14.596 million tons;beer, 35.152 millionkl; and soft drinks,42.198 million tons.These figures show risesof 28.2%, 17.5%, 24.0%,23.5%, 4.7%and 21.5% year ......