Birkenstock Orthopädie has interrupted negotiations on a deal that would have opened the road to move into the Chinese market in a big way. Separately, after an investigation of several months, a production site in China’s Fujian province was discovered with hundreds of fake sandals mimicking the Arizona model by Birkenstock. The German company got help from the Quality & Technology Supervision Bureau of Putian, the town where the facility was located. The confiscated goods – 450 finished pairs and 100 unfinished pairs – and the packaging and other materials were worth about one day’s worth of production at the factory.