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Companies to spend over $900m on Thai fruit amid Alibaba food fight

China's archrival e-tailers target fresh produce as new source of growth

Harvesting durians in Thailand's Chanthaburi Province: intends to import large quantities of the popular fruit.

DALIAN --, China's second-largest online retailer, plans to invest about 6.5 billion yuan ($965.8 million) in Thailand over the next three years to boost its fresh food business.

The company said early this month that it intends to import huge quantities of durian and other fruits that are popular in China, in a partnership with Chinese supermarket chain Yonghui Superstores. is pushing back against top e-tailer Alibaba Group Holding, which is also stepping up its offerings of fresh groceries.

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