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Researchers create gluten-free bread with bubbles (but without the additives)

Researchers have developed gluten-free bread with the same fluffy, bubble texture as wheat bread - without using any additives or gums - simply by using rice flour that has been milled and processed in...

Smoked meat traders find export joy in Japan

European dried, cured and smoked meat producers are poised for a rapid expansion of export sales to Japan, with growing demand for such products that cannot be satisfied by Japanese...

News in brief

Japan: corn supply crisis eases

Feed manufacturers in Japan, under pressure in recent weeks due to a supply shortage of corn arising from the cold weather in the US, told Reuters the crisis has eased.

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

'Don’t dismiss organic': Growing US market could offer opportunities and advice for Japan

Japanese firms can tap into rising demand for organic and natural produce and products in the US by learning best practices and getting to grips with the latest market trends.

Gallery: Six of the top functional foods, health and supplement products launched at FoodEx Japan

And in amongst all that, we managed to track down six of the best new product launches in the functional foods, heath and supplements space...

Probiotics and ageing: DNA sequencing shows how bacteria evolves from birth to centenarians

How gut microbiota composition changes with age has been charted using state-of- the-art DNA sequencing in Japan, revealing which strains are most prevalent at different stages of life.

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

Japan halal: Manufacturers urged to boost shelf life to cash-in on Middle East exports

Increasing the shelf life of halal products is the single factor that could help Japanese firms boost sales to the Middle East, and in turn help meet the government’s 1...

Flavour major Takasago opens first Indian flavour plant

One of the world’s biggest flavour and fragrance companies has opened its first Indian manufacturing facility as part of an aggressive expansion into the country.

Japan

Have a break...have a Kit Kat sushi

Japan is known for its love of weird and wacky Kit Kat flavours, but Nestlé might have just taken the biscuit with its sushi version.

Mintel market trends: Apac getting lairy for dairy

As Asian taste trends continue evolving across Asia-Pacific, manufacturers are being forced to cater for more discerning, better travelled consumers with greater culinary exposure to foreign cultures. 

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

Kangaroo versus Kobe: Can Aussie protein take on premium beef in Japan?

Increasingly health conscious Japanese consumers can be persuaded to skip Kobe beef in favour of top-of-the-range kangaroo, claims a pioneer of the Australian industry.

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

Taiwan tempted to look at new trade deals to boost Japan exports

The leader of Taiwan’s delegation to FoodEx Japan says there is still scope for more exports to the country’s second largest trading partner, while the agriculture minister has left the...

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

CBD manufacturer Naturally Splendid targets Japan expansion with double sales deal

Canadian CBD firm Naturally Splendid has signed two exclusive sales agreements to launch a suite of products in Japan.

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

Indian SMEs need export support and technology partners, 'not purely cash investment'

Driving exports to Japan and securing new technology partners for manufacturers and suppliers should be the main priorities for the Indian food processing sector, according to exhibitors at FoodEx Japan.

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

Japan going bananas for Philippine food exports as trade chiefs eye record business at FoodEx show

The 17-strong delegation of Philippine food firms showcased at FoodEx Japan this week is targetting record total sales topping US$28m from the four-day event – with banana-based products booming in...

FoodEx Japan 2017

Functional soups: The next big business opportunity for food and nutrition firms in Japan?

Functional soups featuring botanical and herbal ingredients such as ginger, ginseng and cordyceps are ripe for new product development in Japan, with the ageing population a particularly lucrative target market.

Can Japanese be the next Greek? Morinaga preps ALOVE Japanese-style yogurt launch in US

Through its Nutritional Foods arm, Japanese dairy giant Morinaga is entering the US dairy market with the launch of its ALOVE aloe vera yogurt, which will debut at the Expo...

Nutraceutical benefits of Chinese artichoke underlined for people with diabetes and CVD

The nutraceutical and health benefits of Chinese artichoke have been emphasised by new research, which for the first time highlighted nine compounds with important biological activities.

SPOTLIGHT JAPAN

Japan’s household food spending the highest for 20 years as ready-to-eat sales rocket

Japan’s households are spending less the across the board each month, but the amount forked out on food products has hit a 20-year high.

Six Japan food, nutrition and consumer trends set to shape 2017

We pinpoint six of the must-know food, nutrition and consumer trends taking shape in Japan, from superfoods to sports nutrition, ahead of one of the country's biggest trade shows, FoodEx...

SPOTLIGHT JAPAN

Have a break...have a Kit Kat sushi

Japan is known for its love of weird and wacky Kit Kat flavours, but Nestlé might have just taken the biscuit with its sushi version.

Japan ‘meat day’ looms – sales boom expected

Butchers, supermarkets and barbecue restaurants in Japan are gearing up for the national meat trade’s busiest day of the year, dubbed ‘Meat Day’ – on 9 February. 

Shimadzu targets mycotoxins and synthetic antimicrobials

Shimadzu has released two high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analyzers.

Daily calcium intake for Japanese women should be increased to 600mg: Review

Most Japanese women are not getting enough calcium and vitamin D, increasing the risks of osteoporotic fractures and other diseases, states a new review.

No evidence of link between fruit and veg consumption and reduction in overall cancer cases: Major Japan study

There is insufficient evidence of a link between fruit and vegetable consumption and a reduction in the number of overall cancer cases, according to a pooled analysis of large-scale cohort...

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