CIIE 2019: Yili Establishes Dairy Industry’s First Sustainable International Supply Chain Network

Yili signs a strategic partnership with 13 multinationals during the Agriculture and Food Development Forum


Shanghai, CHINA, Nov. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Yili Group (“Yili”), Asia’s leading dairy company, has announced it has signed a series of strategic partnerships with 13 leading international companies.

The move, inking agreements with companies working in areas as diverse as food processing to risk management, marks the establishment of the dairy industry’s first sustainable global supply chain network and cements Yili’s position as a pioneer in China’s dairy industry.

The global supply chain network was established during from November 5-10 at CIIE at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China.

CIIE promotes trade liberalization and economic globalization and aims to further open Chinese markets to the world.

During CIIE, Yili exhibited eight hero line products including SATINE Pure Milk, Perfectlands Milk, PRO-KIDO and Pure Nutra products imported from New Zealand, reflecting the group’s ongoing commitment to innovation, collaboration and eco-friendly development to build a better future for human health.

CEO of Yili Group, Zhang Jianqiu, said the network demonstrates Yili’s belief that a collective framework is the best way to leverage the industry’s strengths for innovation and sustainable development.

Key players in the agriculture industry, including the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, also attended the Expo’s International Forum on Agriculture and Food Cooperation on November 8.

“Globalization has cultivated fertile opportunities for the agriculture industry to share resources and promote international cooperation,’’ Mr Jianqiu said. “Now, more than ever, it’s imperative for organizations to join forces, play to each other’s strengths and work together to meet the health needs of people around the world.

“By building a global sustainable supply chain network, we have broadened the opportunities for cooperation in the dairy industry and contributed to the world’s health ecosystem, while creating greater social value by supporting sustainable initiatives and improving the quality of health worldwide.”

Partnerships signed during the Expo included deals with Tetra Pak, a multinational food packaging and processing company; Cargill, a global food, agriculture, nutrition and risk management company dedicated to sustainable growth; and Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for Food, Nutrition and Health.

The agreement between Yili and Roquette was formalized during an economic forum hosted by the presidents of China and France on November 6 in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

As part of the partnership, Yili Group will source a variety of natural materials from Roquette over the next three years and continue to expand its food nutrition arm.

CEO of Roquette China, Chen Yehong, said Yili and Roquette would work together to explore new product development, technological innovation and food safety.

“In recent years, Roquette and the Yili Group have collaborated to quickly move from a simple supply relationship to a strategic partnership,” Mr Yehong said.


Yili’s work to foster sustainable development is regarded as a benchmark in the global dairy industry.

Yili’s proposal for biodiversity conservation has been selected by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of its 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The group has also been highlighted as a Chinese case study in the Agenda’s Progress Report for 2019. Yili was the only health food company featured in the report.

About Yili Group

Yili is the largest dairy company with the most substantial product range in China. According to the 2018 Rabobank “Global Dairy Top 20”, Yili ranks first in Asia. Its annual sales of liquid milk, yoghurt, cold drinks and milk powder exceeds 37 billion units, and every day more than 100 million Yili products are delivered to consumers around the world. Yili is also the only dairy manufacturer in China to have served both the Summer and Winter Olympics. In 2017, Yili was awarded “China’s best practices of Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” by the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, and ranked third in Brand Finance’s 2019 edition of the “Top 50 Most Valuable Food Brands in the World”.

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