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Special edition: Healthy ageing

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market

From an €80 million market for anti-ageing placenta supplements to the world’s most innovative (and fad-driven) functional foods and drinks market, Japan’s healthy ageing market is unique and instructive.

Analysis - Japan

Red hot competition as placenta businesses jockey for supremacy

With more than a quarter of Japan’s population over the age of 60, it is said that country suffers more from the issues of an ageing population than any other...

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

From tea yoghurt to coffee fruit energy, portable water enhancement  to Milo’s brand expansions, Mintel shared category-busting innovation at Food Ingredients-Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, this week.

Frito-Lay Japan develops flurry of limited edition snacks

Frito-Lay Japan has developed an array of limited edition snacks for October, from avocado and cheese tortilla chips to burdock and soy flavored extruded snacks.

"We aren’t going to wake up one day and everything will be crystal clear; there’s going to be some trial and error going through it.”

Godsend or Godzilla? What will Japan’s new health claims system look like?

Japan will implement a new health claims system that is set to supersede its strict FOSHU regime in April 2015 – just six months away – but what form will...

Japan

Smelly science: Only Japan nose what aromas will come next

The pace of innovation refuses to slow down in Japan, a nation known for its wild tastes, flavours and aromas, from garlic ice cream to bread that smells like Guinness.

'It's a great change...': Japanese food industry readies for new health claim laws in 2015

Japan’s innovative but restricted €25bn functional foods and food supplements sector is about to be handed a set of game-changing marketing keys by the government, industry players told us at...

Japan

World’s only salmon placenta taps into Asia’s halal anti-ageing market

Japan’s second biggest island, Hokkaido in the north of the country, is known across Asia as being one of the continent's premier locations for seafood. And now a local nutraceutical...

McDonald’s Japan revises finances following food safety scandal

McDonald’s Holdings Japan has revised its financial forecasts to take into account a damaging incident earlier this year, in which workers from supplier Shanghai Husi were filmed picking meat off...

Japan

Japan-formulated fat absorption inhibitor launches as a supplement

American Medical Holdings and Bio Actives Japan K.K. have collaborated to launch a new ingredient complex, FB3, a blend of three botanical actives that inhibits the absorption of dietary fats....

Meiji fragranced milk a 'new type of milk': Datamonitor

Meiji’s fragranced milk range - developed for those that dislike the regular smell - has been heralded by market intelligence firm Datamonitor as a “new type of milk.”

‘Very pleased to find a lower dose supports bone health’: Kyowa study shows new efficacious levels for vitamin K2

The potential bone health benefits of vitamin K2 menaquinone-4 may be achievable at a daily dose of 600 micrograms, according to a new study from Kyowa Hakko with implications for...

Meiji seeks Taiwan reputation boost with infant formula production shift

Meiji infant formula sold in Taiwan will in future be exported from Japan as the company looks to capitalize on the "high quality" reputation held by Japanese goods.

'Intriguing': Fish oil supplements linked to improved exercise economy

Daily supplements of an EPA-rich fish oil may boost exercise economy, a predictor of endurance exercise performance, says a new study from Japan.

News in brief

Agilent and Shimadzu in chromatography data system partnership

Agilent Technologies and Shimadzu Corp. have enabled control of each other’s GC instruments for respective chromatography data systems to provide analytical laboratories with more freedom when selecting a system.

Kohjin presents evidence of blood uptake of its glutathione

Kohjin Life Sciences says new information now published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry proves the blood plasma uptake of its glutathione dervied from torula yeast.

DSM reads 'fini' in green tea and leaves it to Japanese

Dutch-Swiss ingredients giant DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) has called ‘time’ on Teavigo, a decade after launching the proprietary, weight management-focused green tea extract.

Bacillus Natto products show blood pressure benefits for people with lifestyle diseases

Dietary supplements of a filtrate from natto, a traditional Japanese fermented food made from soybean, may significantly reduce blood pressure in people with lifestyle diseases, says a new study.

Japanese dairy backs bifidobacteria

Scientists have called new discoveries from leading Japanese dairy product company Morinaga Milk Industry on popular probiotic genus bifidobacteria, “an interesting first step”.

Australia

Japan trade agreement could spur beleaguered Australian wine exports

The recent signing of a trade agreement between Japan and Australia will give wine exports to the Far East a “step-up”, according to the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA). 

Who drinks more wine – the Chinese or the Japanese?

Isn’t the answer obvious? The Chinese, with their thirst for fine French wines, New World reds and keenness to plant vineyards over the past five years, easily outstrip the economically...

Pasta Montana: 'Japanese customers only accept zero-defect products'

Pasta Montana, which produces primarily for exacting food customers in Japan, has installed a Key Technology sorter.

Japan

Japanese railway to use KitKat bars as tickets

Japan has a reputation for food innovation, and a new initiative by Nestlé will transform one of its iconic chocolate bars into currency for train travel while at the same...

News in brief

Indevex to distribute NGCTM formula in Japan through Asahi agreement

Swedish biotech company Indevex has joined its Symrise KK Far East partner in a supply and licence agreement with Asahi Food and Healthcare to distribute NGCTM Nutrition Formula in Japan,...

Granola: A sophisticated breakfast win in Japan

Granola has boomed in Japan because of its health promise and versatility and Western cereal firms could cash in further by playing up the trendy aspect, says a Datamonitor Consumer...

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