Japan

Seaweed: Mintel claims it could become the next ‘superfood’

Seaweed market boosted by NPD surge

By Noli Dinkovski

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.

Tea for three: Asia’s leading tea companies

Tea for three: Asia’s leading tea companies

By RJ Whitehead

Three out of the world’s five biggest tea companies are based in Asia, according to new market research by Technavio that predicts steady growth in the global market until at least 2020. We profile each of the leaders over the coming pages.

Reading the changes in Asia’s new coffee culture

Reading the changes in Asia’s new coffee culture

By RJ Whitehead

Coffee culture in Asia has been brewing a storm and growing in popularity in recent years, with most major cities now being awash with coffee shops not just in city centres but also gaining momentum in outlining areas.

Scientists find way to make sweetest sweetener taste sweeter

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Scientists find way to make sweetest sweetener taste sweeter

By RJ Whitehead

Japanese researchers have devised a method to make one of the sweetest natural sweeteners even sweeter in a development that will be seen as a breakthrough at a time when consumers are moving away from sugar.

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France needs to boost algae production

By Shane STARLING

France should ramp up its algae production to meet booming local demand for algae foods and nutrients, according to a report.

The GCMS-QP2020 high-end single quadrupole gas chromatograph mass spectrometer

Shimadzu unveils high-end single quad GC/MS instrument

By Joseph James Whitworth

Shimadzu says its GCMS-QP2020 high-end single quadrupole gas chromatograph mass spectrometer will open up new capabilities for food labs without them having to invest in expansive sample preparation and method development.   

Bucha wants to bridge sweet fizzy beverage drinkers to kombucha

Bucha wants to bridge sweet fizzy beverage drinkers to kombucha

By Adi Menayang

Washington-based American Brewing Company started with beer and expanded its product line to include kombucha. Its brand, Bucha, has been credited as one of the fastest growing breakout brands in a report by The Hartman Group.

Beef imports to Japan from Europe were worth ($5.1m in the first half of 2015

Japan lifts ban on Danish beef imports

By Oscar Rousseau

Japan has ended its 15-year ban on the imports of Danish beef after long-running mad cow disease fears were addressed by European politicians.

Japan is the biggest importer of US beef

US cattlemen: TPP vital to reach world’s middle class

By Oscar Rousseau

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has said the swift implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is crucial to help American beef reach the world’s growing middle class. 

HKScan CEO Hannu Kotten, manager Juha Yrjonen and vice president Jukka Nikkinen

HKScan plans growth in Asia

By Oscar Rousseau

Meat manufacturer HKScan is seeking to boost exports to high-growth countries like China and Japan and hopes the launch of its Hong Kong office will be a springboard for a full-scale assault on the Asian market.

Japanese coalition compromises on planned food tax hike

Far East digest

Japanese coalition compromises on planned food tax hike

By RJ Whitehead

Japan's ruling coalition partners have agreed to a to exempt food products from a planned tax hike in 2017, when general consumption tax will be increased by two percentage points.

EU could soon ease Fukushima produce restrictions

EU could soon ease Fukushima produce restrictions

By RJ Whitehead

Japanese media have reported that the European Union may no longer require radiation screening for some food products imported into the bloc from the beginning of next year.

Farmers get TPP concessions to boost chances deal being ratified

Far East digest

Farmers get TPP concessions to boost chances deal being ratified

By RJ Whitehead

In a move to placate farmers worried about the impact of increased imports as a result of the recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement, Japan will be allowed to return its beef and pork tariffs to previous levels if imports jump.

低プリン体がトレンドの日本で明治がPA-3ヨーグルトを開発

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低プリン体がトレンドの日本で明治がPA-3ヨーグルトを開発

By Mark Astley (マーク・アストレイ)

痛風と低プリン体ダイエットへの意識が高まる中、イノベーションに励むのは日本の大手ビール会社にとどまらず、国内最大手の乳製品メーカー、明治をも巻き込んだ。4月、明治乳業(本社東京)は、プリン体を代謝することが知られているプロバイオティクス(善玉菌)を含む一連のヨーグルト製品PA-3を日本市場に投入した。