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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.

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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.

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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.

Look out Japan, scientists are cultivating Norwegian nori in the lab

Japan’s billion dollar nori industry, which produces 350,000 tonnes of edible and nutraceutical seaweed lauded for a multitude of beneficial health effects, could have a new competitor…Norway.

Shortage of wagyu calves puts pressure on Japan beef industry

A severe shortage of wagyu calves in Japan is putting pressure on producers of this special native beef livestock, as calf prices soar and breeders risk a fall in turnover. ...

EFSA considers Mitsubishi’s antioxidant salt following member state concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has taken the reins in the safety evaluation of Mitsubishi’s novel antioxidant salt ingredient following member state toxicity concerns. 

The hottest superfood ingredients in Japan right now…and the next ones primed for success

Several superfoods are now becoming mainstream in Japan because consumers are acutely aware of the “nutrient powerhouses” and their functional benefits.

The top 10 Japanese health and consumer trends every food and nutrition business needs to know

The Japanese economy may be sluggish, but the country’s health food, nutrition and functional foods sectors are holding steady, with 10 key trends affecting the market.

Big in Japan? Blackcurrants, barley and maple syrup pitch for functional food success in Tokyo

The sports nutrition potential of New Zealand blackcurrants, the superfood status of Canadian maple syrup and the functional benefits of Canadian barley – these were three of the high-profile pitches at...

Japan moves beyond Foshu: Over 400 products approved under new health claims regime in last year

More than 400 foods have been approved under Japan’s 2015 Foods with Function Claims (FFC) regulation, with the market already estimated to be worth US$70bn.

Asahi set to bid for SABMiller’s Eastern European beer brands: reports

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings is set to bid $4.87bn for SABMiller’s Eastern European beer operations in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, according to reports. 

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Toyo’s most expensive rice record a nod to TPP uncertainty

Japan’s Toyo Rice Corporation has secured a world record for high-priced rice after a limited quantity of its super-premium grains were made available earlier this year through its web site....

Korea and Japan the top buyers of US beef

Asian markets outside of China, notably South Korea and Japan, were the biggest buyers of US beef in July, according to trade data from the US Meat Export Federation. 

Brazil sees exports of grape juice drinks soar in Japan

Brazil has seen exports of grape juice drinks soar in Japan, but wine exports are struggling to get a foothold abroad, according to IBRAVIN Brazilian wine institute.

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