Driven by favorable policies and consumption upgrading, China's imported food e-commerce industry has developed rapidly, with the proportion of imported food rising to 6.8% in 2017. China's cross-border e-commerce retail import penetration rate has risen rapidly from 1.6% in 2014 to 10.2% in 2017. The number of cross-border e-commerce import consumers has increased 10 times between 2015 and 2017, and the brand and category of imported food are constantly enriched, including leisure. Food is the most popular. According to iiMedia Research, 74.2% of all consumers buy imported food through commercial platforms, and 53.5% of consumers consider quality as the first factor to be considered when choosing imported food. Ai Media Consulting Analysts believe that the future imported food market will sink to the third and fourth tier cities, e-commerce platform will become the main channel for imported food purchase.
China's coffee market has a small stock and a large market potential. The Primary and deep processing technologies of the upstream and midstream are backward, and the downstream link lack local famous brands. With the low price strategy + diversified precision marketing strategy, Luckin Coffee has acquired a large number of users through the densely-distributed self-operated stores. By the end of 2018, the total number of stores under the Luckin Coffee line exceeded 2,000, with a consumption of 12.54 million and a sales volume of over 89.68 million. However, Luckin's current management and development model is facing a series of challenges. The main challenges: (1) China's tea culture is profound, freshly brewed coffee just has a small market; (2) Management is rough, quality of coffee is uneven; (3) Short-term funding gap is large, and profitability becomes a problem.
With the change of public dietary concept, the Chinese coffee market is entering a stage of rapid development. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, China's coffee market is expected to reach 300 billion yuan by 2020. The fresh ground coffee market only accounts for 18.0% of the total coffee market in China, which has great potential for development. New retail coffee has attracted the attention of the capital market. From the consumer's point of view, 70.8% of coffee shop consumers are women, and 61.0% of coffee shop consumers are between 26 and 35 years old. Consumers pay more attention to coffee related topics such as cafes, fine coffee and so on.