China's health food market is expected to grow to $70 billion by 2015, more than tripling from $20 billion in 2010. The expanding appetite for more healthful foods among the country's fast-growing middle class and aging population has boosted demand for imported fruits, nuts, and yogurt.
Global prices of nuts, such as cashews, walnuts, pecans, and almonds, are at record levels, boosted by Chinese imports. China's probiotic market is also expected to grow 120 percent from 2009 to 2012, according to Euromonitor.
Countries are eager to meet China's demand for health food, despite the government's policy of food self-sufficiency. Last month, Chile signed a deal to be the only direct exporter of fresh blueberries to China after two years of negotiations.