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chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-05-22 06:40

Paul Zhu, managing director of Tetra Pak, Greater China. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A1: Despite the impact of the COVID-19, we trust this year's two sessions will be successful. The pandemic has greatly raised public attention to health and nutrition. We believe this is a fantastic opportunity for promoting healthy lifestyles and build "Health China".

This week also saw the National Nutrition Week. Led by dairy industry associations, the dairy sector has been mobilized to promote healthy diet, especially drinking milk as one of the best ways to boost immunity. We look forward to stronger policy support to iconic nutritional programs, such as School Milk Program, which has run for 20 years in China and benefits over 20 million Chinese students.

A2: Tetra Pak was among the first batch of foreign companies to enter China, in 1979, right after China opened its door. Despite the COVID-19, our outlook of Chinese market and our commitment remain strong.

During the outbreak, to protect our employees' health and safety, we managed to secure supplies to our customers, so that they could secure essential food supplies to the market at the time of need. We will continue to grow with our customers in China.

A3: A market of strong consumption benefits all businesses, and eventually boosts the overall economy. We look forward to policies aimed at stimulating the consumption at large.

A4: The COVID-19 has profoundly changed consumer behavior, which in turn is changing the business landscape, especially at the consumer front. One strong trend is the boom of e-commerce. This is a good opportunity for our customers' ambient milk and beverage products that are of long shelf life and suitable for long-distance transportation. China has the world's largest e-commerce business. We are often asked by our global colleagues to share best practices from China.

A5: First and foremost, since the outbreak of the COVID-19, Tetra Pak has been putting the utmost priority on securing employees' health and safety. We lived up to our commitment and managed through the difficult months without having one single employee infected.

To protect our employees, during the outbreak, we also strived to secure supplies to our customers, who provide essential food products to people. Since last month, when the market started recovering, we've been working with all industry parties, including our customers, to revitalize the consumption.
We count on strong consumptions for strong businesses, which then bring opportunities for employment.

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