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$13bn in fresh food sales point to China's latest online headway

Internet supermarkets feature a cornucopia of staples and specialty products

Home delivery of fresh food purchased from online supermarkets, like this lobster, is skyrocketing in China.

A white plastic foam box delivered to my home in Shanghai contained a single wiggling lobster from Australia along with some ice packs. It had been sent by Fields China, a Shanghai-based online supermarket that specializes in imported upscale foods. The retailer received an investment from Sun Art Retail Group, which has RT-Mart, a major Taiwanese hypermarket chain, under its umbrella.

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