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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Milk Powder in Hong Kong

One of the recent hot topic in town is the shortage of canned milk powder in Hong Kong. This incident is the result of a series of complicated yet interconnected events in China and Hong Kong. Some blamed the purchase power of an overwhelming number of mainland Chinese tourists and parallel importers from Shenzhen; some criticized the key manufacturers for controlling the supply. This incident is only part of a much bigger issue.

We can leave these complicated issues to scholars, journalists and politicians. Let's take a look at what are the available canned milk powder in Hong Kong and related facts.

Hong Kong 'Version' Milk Powder 香港版奶粉

  • Meadjohnson Enfagrow A+ / 美国美赞臣安儿宝 / 美赞臣

  • Friso GOLD / 荷兰美素佳儿 / 美素佳儿

  • Gate & Cow / 牛栏牌乐儿 / 牛栏牌

  • Abbott EyeQ Plus / 美国雅培恩美力 / 雅培

  • Wyeth Promil GOLD / 美国惠氏金裝健兒樂 / 惠氏

  • Snowbrand Smart Baby / 日本雪印思敏儿 / 雪印


Retail Price

  • Around HK $250 to $300 per can in Hong Kong
  • Around HK $350 to $400 per can in Shenzhen through parallel importers

Available From

  • Local pharmacies 本地藥房
  • Chained pharmacies: Mannings 万宁, Watsons 屈臣氏
  • Supermarkets: ParknShop 百佳, Wellcome 惠康
  • Online order and free deliver from Hong Kong distributor

Why canned milk powder?

  • Working female in Asia have to return to work soon after giving birth
  • Breast feeding facilities are virtually unavailable at work or at public places
  • New born are usually not taken care of by their mother
  • Fresh milk or processed milk is a luxury item due to logistics constraints
  • Milk powder also contains addition nutrients that manufacturers claims to be better

Why prefer 'Hong Kong version' over 'China version' milk powder?

  • Mainland Chinese parents trust the quality of milk powder purchased in Hong Kong
  • These canned milk powder are imported directly from Australia, New Zealand, USA and the Netherlands; without repackaging in China (a country that went through a major milk powder scandal in 2008)