Food processing made significant advances in China after 1949.
The most basic improvement was nearly universal establishment of
mechanized grain-milling facilities in rural production units. The
processing of food into finished and packaged products also grew
Although a growing number of food products were packaged for
export, China's food processing capacity was relatively low in the
mid-1980s. An immense variety of baked goods and candies was
produced for local consumption, and most Chinese continued to
resist processed foods. However, rising standards of living
increased the demand for processed food because of its nutritional
and hygienic advantages.
The beverage industry was very large and widespread. All
regions had breweries and distilleries producing beer and a variety
of domestic and western alcoholic beverages. China successfully
exported several varieties of beer and liquor, and domestic softdrink production was widespread.
Data as of July 1987