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Japan’s Yonekyu welcomes Sealpac’s packaging

Yonekyu Corporation, one of Japan’s leading processed meat companies, has applauded the impact of Sealpac’s thermoformers on its production lines, claiming the equipment is “extremely strong”.

US beef growing in Japan

US beef exporters continue to gain market share as they battle with Australia for dominance in Japan, despite the favourable tariffs enjoyed by Australia’s producers, according to trade data.

Wheat, feed wheat exports from the US to continue after GMO scare for Korea, Japan

Wheat exports to Korea have resumed after testing confirmed an absence of biotech wheat in supplies from the US.

‘Urgent action’ needed to tackle Japan’s food waste

Food manufacturers in Japan have made good progress in reducing and recycling food waste, but further efforts are urgently needed across all other stages of the supply chain, especially at...

‘Anti-blood clot’ fermented soybean extract safe, says EFSA

A fermented soybean extract that claims to help prevent blood clots is safe for use in food supplements, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded following a novel food application...

Russia eyes sausage trade with China and Japan

Russia is looking to export sausages and processed meat products to Japan, South Korea and China, according to the Meat Processors Association of the Far East. 

Australian grower discusses hemp with Japan’s first lady

The chief executive of the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest hemp supplier has returned to Australia after meeting Japan’s first lady to discuss the future of the industry there.

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Restacking BRICs: Chocolate makers to rethink future growth markets, says Euromonitor

Euromonitor International has pinpointed several promising chocolate markets that may help manufacturers offset slowdowns in traditional emerging markets such as China and Brazil.

Japanese trio plan vegetable factory in Dubai

Japan’s Marubeni Corporation, Showa Denko K.K. and Chiyoda Corporation will jointly develop an overseas artificially-lit vegetable factory business with a base in the UAE that promises to harvest crops throughout...

Pokémon Go gets users out of the house and into frozen yogurt stores

The recent craze of the Pokémon GO app has users not only getting outside their homes but also into local businesses where they might discover their next Pokémon catch. ...

The Craft Beer Clan of Scotland

‘Our quest: To share the finest Scottish craft beer:’ Brewers eye up potential of exporting to Asia

Scotch whisky’s revered reputation is providing an opening for a new wave of Scottish beverages in Asia: craft beer.

Yakult’s probiotic fermented milk drink reaching new heights

Yakult was founded in Japan in the 1930s, and the probiotic fermented milk drink has been expanding around the world ever since.

EU states sweat on Japanese beef trade approval

Seven EU member states are eagerly awaiting approval from Japan to increase its imports of European beef, following its recent restoration of trade with Italy.

Australia in talks with Japan to lift trade ban

The Australian government is in talks with political counterparts in Japan after the latter imposed a trade ban on live cattle imports, following a virus outbreak.

Japanese consumption, Chinese growth spur global demand for probiotics

Probiotics manufacturers are increasingly witnessing the rising importance of Asia-Pacific as growing awareness of the health benefits of “good” bacteria continue to drive global growth.

Es Koyama Japan wins packaging hat trick at The Academy of Chocolate 2016 Awards

Chocolatier, Susumu Koyama, owner and chef of Patissier Es Koyama, (formerly Chocomania) Japan, has picked up a hat trick of awards in gold, silver and bronze for its packaging, at...

Japanese wine drinkers are becoming more adventurous: report

Wine drinkers in Japan are becoming more adventurous and showing an increased interested in wine, according to Wine Intelligence. And, in fact, the country is rated as one of the...

Heat-killed lactobacillus shows oral health benefits

Consuming capsules with heat-killed Lactobacillus plantarum L-137 may help reduce probing depth in people with periodontal disease, says a new study from Japan.

dispatches from Analytica 2016

Shimadzu unveils mid-range ICP-MS

Shimadzu has launched its ICPMS-2030 to the European market at Analytica 2016.

Elopak enters Japanese market with Pure-Pak carton

Elopak has partnered with Nippon Paper Industries to launch its Pure-Pak carton in Japan.

Do fermented foods contain probiotics? Not necessarily, says Ganeden

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi and yogurts containing ‘live and active cultures’ are healthy and tasty, but they are not necessarily packed with probiotics, says Ganeden Inc, the...

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Kaneka reworks Ubiquinol CoQ10 amid counterfeit concerns

CoQ10 leader Kaneka has re-worked its Ubiquinol branded CoQ10 heart, immunity, skin and energy nutrient in response to it “increasingly being imitated by fake products of inferior quality.”

Study says probiotics relieved stress for medical students at exam time

A probiotic given to Japanese medical students during the run-up to nationwide medical school examinations reduced stress among the students, according to a study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a...

Seaweed market boosted by NPD surge

Food and drink product launches with seaweed flavours, including kombu, nori, and wakame, grew by 147% in Europe between 2011 and 2015, according to latest figures.

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Taiyo gets non-GMO verification on Sunfiber prebiotic ingredient

Japanese ingredient supplier Taiyo has expanded the certification support for its Sunfiber prebiotic ingredient with a Non-GMO Project verification.

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