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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...

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.

Japan's tax diversion scheme lifts wagyu beef sales

A scheme by Miyazaki Prefecture, which offers local wagyu in return for tax payments to its municipalities from residents in other parts of the country, is supporting regional livestock farmers...

SPOTLIGHT JAPAN

Asahi ambitious for more acquisitions despite European buying spree

Japan’s biggest beer firm Asahi is weighing up further European acquisitions following last year’s two bumper deals with AB InBev.

Expansion of Japanese beef bowl chains to drive Chinese meat consumption

Two of Japan’s biggest conglomerates are planning huge expansion of their ‘beef bowl’ fast food chains across China in order to compensate for low growth in a saturated Japanese marketplace. ...

Christmas sparks boom in KFC sales in Japan

Japan's long-held tradition of celebrating Christmas with KFC has lifted poultry farmers after the industry culled half a million birds in November and December 2016 following a bird flu outbreak.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT

Japanese officials considering imposing stricter GM labelling laws

Reports from Japan suggest officials are weighing up imposing stricter rules for the mandatory labelling of food items containing genetically modified foods.

‘More evidence’ of green tea’s slimming potential needed to boost products beyond Japan

The status of green tea as a slimming ingredient in Japan should provide inspiration for companies elsewhere who are looking to use the product across the weight loss category, according...

Japanese drones lift off to track livestock

A drone designed to make life easier for livestock farmers has been launched in Japan, with developers eyeing global sales in the future. 

Underwater shockwaves improve antioxidant levels in yuzu juice: study

Underwater shockwave pre-treatment improves the antioxidant functionality of yuzu fruit juice, confirming its potential for use in a wide-range of food applications and leading to the possible establishment “of a...

BioGaia expands in Japan with new probiotics deals

Swedish probiotics supplier BioGaia has signed two major deals in Japan with Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings Inc. 

AB InBev sells SABMiller’s central and eastern European business to Asahi

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to sell the former SABMiller businesses in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania to Asahi for €7.3bn ($7.75bn).

Japan: Methionine facility set to target Asian poultry sector

Sumitomo Chemical is building a methionine manufacturing facility on the island of Shikoku in Japan.

News in brief

Chaucer sold to Japanese food firm in €122m deal

British food firm Chaucer has been sold to Japanese manufacturer Nagatanien in a £102.8m (€122.8m) deal which the freeze-dried food manufacturer says will help it expand into the US and...

Japan scrambles to limit impact of bird flu outbreak

Japan has confirmed a third outbreak of avian flu in as many days, prompting the cull of thousands of farmed birds in the north of the country.

Malaysia offers to advise Japanese halal industry ahead of Olympics

Malaysia has offered to advise the Japanese halal industry, which its prime minister says holds great potential for Islamic products. 

Fonterra mascarpone cheese set for Japan

Fonterra’s new type of mascarpone cream cheese is set to head to Japan in January 2017.

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Cake Concepts takes Japanese idea to develop Fun Cakes and sponge pancakes

Cake Concepts has taken an idea from Japan and adapted it to American and US tastes to create a niche market in the bakery industry.

M&M’s taps Japan’s samurai roots for limited edition launch

Mars has introduced limited edition M&M’s milk chocolate kimono and samurai novelties in Japan.

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