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Sapporo acquires Anchor Brewing bringing the San Francisco beer to new global markets

Sapporo Holdings will acquire Anchor Brewing Company, maker of Anchor Steam beer, in a deal which will bring the California-based brewer to new international markets.

Japanese frozen beef tariff rise causes US rift

Japan’s decision to increase its tariffs on imported frozen beef imports has caused anger in the US.

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BioMérieux to take control of Japanese joint venture

Sysmex and bioMérieux are to dissolve their joint venture in Japan.

Ajinomoto set to thaw Europe with multi-million euro takeover

Japanese food giant Ajinomoto has fired up its European growth plans with the acquisition of France’s frozen food business Labeyrie Traiteur Surgelés (LTS) for an undisclosed sum.

Excitement builds for Japan's Wagyu Olympics

Japan’s top cattle and meat producers are gearing up to compete in the country’s next ‘Wagyu Olympics’, the country’s premier beef cattle show, to be held in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture,...

Premium meatpacker bought by Japanese trader

US-based beef and pork supplier Creekstone Farms has been sold by Sun Capital Partners to Japanese trading conglomerate Marubeni Corporation for a fee thought to be $170m. 

Western diet increases colorectal cancer risk in Japanese women: Cohort study

Consumption of a Western diet increased the risk of colon and distal cancer among women in Japan, a large population-based cohort study has found.

Nestlé launches cake-style KitKat upon renovating chocolate store in Japan

Nestlé will launch a KitKat Chocolatory Gateau Mignon exclusively at the KitKat Chocolatory Ginza store in Tokyo, Japan, on July 25, 2017. 

Chocolate tourism: Nestlé to open second KitKat factory in Japan

Nestlé plans to open a second KitKat factory in Japan to satisfy demand for local flavors such as green tea and wasabi among tourists.

Ingredient exports to benefit under EU-Japan trade deal

Last week the EU and Japan agreed to a bilateral trade agreement, which will set significant duty-free quotas on EU exports of ingredients such as starch, butter, whey and processed...

Calbee resumes potato chip sales in Japan

Japan’s largest potato chip producer Calbee (with a 73% market hold) has restarted sales of the country’s most popular snack it suspended in April due to a severe potato shortage....

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TNA opens new Tokyo office

Processing and packaging major TNA has opened of a new office in Japan to host local technical support and sales staff.

Far East spotlight

Eight in 10 Korean food firms raise prices—as manufacturing costs drop

Eighty per cent of food and beverage companies have increased their consumer prices in the last six months, even though production costs for manufacturers have dropped over the same period.

NH Foods JV makes progress on Malaysia halal hub

Japan’s biggest food manufacturer has chosen Malaysia to be its hub for halal exports, in partnership with a Malaysian chicken major.

Students help devise alcohol-free Japanese soy sauce

Muslim students have been enlisted by a Japanese condiments manufacturer to help develop a new halal soy sauce which it hopes to begin exporting to Southeast Asia later this year.

DuPont’s probiotic strain registered for Foods with Function Claims in Japan

Dupont’s probiotic strain Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 has been has been registered for Foods with Function Claims in Japan.

Japanese e-commerce site allows customers to choose by aroma

A Japanese company that designs and develops small odour-imaging sensors is in the final stages of testing what it claims to be the world’s first e-commerce website on which consumers...

Japan's supermarkets targeted in US marketing push

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is partnering with supermarket chains and event organisers in Japan’s regions to strengthen already high US red meat sales by localising marketing, public relations...

China direct

Noodle major Nissin to enter Chinese potato chip market

Nissin is preparing to enter China’s “shining” potato chips market in a bid to open up a new revenue stream beyond its traditional instant noodles empire.

Hundreds of mislabelled ‘Japanese’ brands found across Asia

Asian food manufacturers have been tapping into growing demand for Japanese products by mislabelling local goods to make them appear authentic.

Green tea consumption can lower rice-induced diabetes risk in women: Japanese study

New research from Japan has shown that drinking green tea can reduce the risk of diabetes caused by rice consumption among women.

Editor’s blog

How snack tastes have been changing in traditional Japan

Tastes are changing fast in Japan, where younger consumers are adopting more Western foods, traditional dishes are fusing with Spanish ingredients and snacking is on the rise.

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.

Japan revises law to allow imports of organic feed

Japan now accepts the use of imported organic certified animal feed from countries that share an organic equivalency arrangement with it, according to the USDA.

Japan’s meat appetite breaks records

Japan’s meat consumption broke new records in the 2016 fiscal year (April 2015 to March 2016) according to recent data, with projected year-on-year growth set to be the fastest in five years....

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