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Organic food outlets in Xiamen - Go Rainbow Shopping

Updated: 16 Jan 2009
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In China, great concerns have been evoked by last year’s notorious contaminated baby-milk powder scandal, which angered tens of millions of Chinese parents.

 

Earlier, in 2004, transparent 'glass' noodles were banned in major Chinese cities after certain brands were found to be using a lead-based whitener.

 

In 2003, 78 primary school children in the southern town of Beihai were poisoned after drinking contaminated soya milk.

 

Such food scares have prompted calls for the expansion of the organic food sector. ''There was virtually no domestic market for organic products in the early 1990s," says Li Debo, deputy-director of the Organic Food Research Centre under the State Environmental Protection Agency. "But now big cities like Beijing and Shanghai have many specialised shops for organic food, selling vegetables, tea, rice, honey and fruits."

 

For years, China pursued chemical input-heavy farming to increase yields and ensure enough food for its enormous population. Chinese leaders see food self-sufficiency as a political imperative and have invested millions in GM crop research in order to secure ever-higher yields.

 

In recent years, with an increasing number of food safety scandals and dramatic increase in average disposable income, more and more health conscious people are shifting to organic food for safer alternatives. The scenario has seen a surge in organic farming, which advocates the use of traditional farming methods without use of fertilisers or pesticides. China's organic food exports totalled 142 million US dollars in 2003 and 200 million US dollars in 2004.

 

Though relatively small, Xiamen, an international modern port city, is now rising as a leading city above most Chinese cities in fashion, leisure and top-grade food.

 

However, despite the increase in supply of organic foods in Xiamen, nonetheless, these organic foods are hard to find and differentiate, given the alien environment Xiamen has for non Chinese legible expats.  There is not a lot of information on organic foods in English in China. This is the case too in Xiamen.

 

  

 Organic veggies at Rainbow Supermarket, the produce is easily spotted though they are written in Chinese. They are wrapped in clear bags and marked in blue, cost more than normal veggies. 

 

WOX has compiled a list of these outlets for the discerning health conscious.

 

1). Yueyi Xuan You Ji Jian Kang Sheng Huo Guan (悦意轩有机健康生活馆)

The store sells a large range of organic food, including vegetables, fruits and rice etc. all is labeled in Chinese. 

 

Address: 611, Xinglong Road, Huli District, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-2210440

 

How to get there: It's between the Jiangtou Police Station (江头派出所) and The 3rd Middle School (第三中学). If you get there by taxi, you can get off at Datang Shijia on Xinglong Road.

 

 

2. Zelin You Ji Le Huo Wu (泽霖有机乐活屋)

The store sells a large range of organic food, including vegetables, fruits and rice etc. all is labeled in Chinese.

 

Address: 48, Hubin Sili, Siming District, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-5117613 13850090687

 

How to get there: Bus 10, 18, 20, 23, 26, 27, 30, 43, 45, 50, 60, 99, 201, 501, 505, 509, 518, 528, 616, 810 can take you there, get off at Xincun Bus Stop, it's opposite to the Yuxin Supermarket (育兴商场).

 

 

3. Metro

Organic foods are placed in fruits and veggies area, all is labeled both in Chinese and English.

 

Address: No. 8, Changhao Road, Xiame

Tel: 0592-5755120/5758888

 

How to get there: Bus 22, 33, 504 can take you there, get off at Maidelong Bus Stop.

 

 

4. Carrefour

Organic foods are placed in fruits and veggies area, all is labeled both in Chinese and English.

 

Address: 1st Floor, B#, Mingfa Commercial Centre, Jiahe Road, Xiamen

Tel: 0592-2928849

 

How to get there: Bus 3, 6, 10, 18, 23, 25, 42, 44, 45, 89, 101,505, 507, 508, 511, 513, 515, 518, 524, 526, 532, 616, 806, 808 can take you there, get off at Lianban Bei Bus Stop

 

 

5) Rainbow Supermarket

 

Organic foods are placed in fruits and veggies area,

all is labeled in Chinese, but easily distinguishable.

 

a) Address: Huiteng bulding, No. 323, Jiahe Rd, Xiamen

Tel: 86592  5391315  5391300

 

b) Address: Atlantic Seaview Plaza, No. 9, West Hubin Rd, Xiamen

Tel: 86 592  2682058  2685098  

 

c) Address: Minghui Plaza, Xiaxi Rd, Xiamen

Tel: 86 592  2973666

 

If you are in search of quality organic food in Xiamen, Rainbow Shopping Mall may be the most convenient stores apart from Metro, which is well known in the expats community in Xiamen.

 

Rainbow is your better choice because they focus on mid to up market customers and their stores are conveniently located near you.

 

As a combination of fashion stores and exquisite supermarket, Rainbow shopping mall is dedicating to providing omnibearing services to high-end customers with heart and soul.

 

 

 Rainbow is your better choice because they focus on mid to up market customers and their stores are conveniently located near you.  

 

Rainbow was among the first retail enterprises which introduced performance management models like Six Sigma, The Balanced Score Card (BSC). It has been successfully ranked in top 100 retail enterprises of China in successive seven years.

 

Founded in 1984 as a sino-foreign joint venture, Rainbow has developed by leaps and bounds and made great achievements with its extraordinary management and operation methods.

 

As of the end of 2008, Rainbow has opened 28 direct-operating shopping malls and one franchised shopping mall in China cities including Shenzhen, Dongguan, Huizhou, Fuzhou, Nanchang, Jiaxing and Xiamen.

 

Rainbow opened its first mall in Xiamen on September 12, 2003, occupied an area of 22,000 square meters. The second shopping mall is 36,000 square meters with a five-storey shopping center, underground park lot and three-storey office building. The newest one was opened at the end of last year.

 

SOURCE: WOX Info 

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