Threat from Chinese The continuing rise in prices of fresh mandarins is causing serious problems for the canning industry, which has seen export prices drop due to competition from China. Sources in Hamburg say they are trading heavily in the product, which is now about 10% below Spanish prices. UK retailers are staying with the higher Spanish specification but there is concern that when Chinese factories become approved, they will be a serious threat. "We have invested heavily in automated systems, whereas China still uses the labour intensive hand peeling and segmenting method," one canner said. {{ PICK THE CORRECT SECTION }}