Japan

Peptan collagen shows skin health benefits from within

Peptan collagen shows skin health benefits from within

By Stephen Daniells

Oral supplementation with collagen peptides may boost skin hydration by almost 30%, according to data from two double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials on Asian and Caucasian women with different skin types.

The top three trends shaping Asian convenience retail

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The top three trends shaping Asian convenience retail

By Nick Miles, IGD Retail Analysis

Leading convenience retailers in Asia generated more than US$130bn in sales in 2014, through a combination of higher sales from existing stores, as well as significant new-store expansion, according to research carried out by UK-based IGD Retail Analysis.This...

Two new barley plant genes discovered

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Two new barley plant genes discovered

By Millie Thwaites

A group of international researchers have discovered two new genes in the barley plant that will shed light on the history of agriculture and also bring new capabilities to barley breeding programs.

Givaudan has invested €11.5M in the Tokyo centre

Flavour firm opens in Japan

By Nicholas Robinson

Givaudan, a global flavour and fragrance house, has pumped more than €11.5M into a new Tokyo-based technical centre.

65+ population to almost double to 1.1bn by 2030; protein seen as a big opportunity

Food industry fail? Elderly nutrition

By Lauren Bandy

The food industry is missing a billion euro trick when it comes to ageing population, says Lauren Bandy, senior nutrition analyst at Euromonitor International.

Far East digest

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Far East digest

By RJ Whitehead

Health ministry blamed for doing too little to prevent gutter oil scandal

Japan’s low carb consumption makes it lightest of all G8 nations

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Japan’s low carb consumption makes it lightest of all G8 nations

By RJ Whitehead

An analysis of the G8 nations has highlighted striking differences in calories and other macronutrients purchased from packaged food in these countries with Mediterranean and Japanese diets being the healthiest, according to Euromonitor.

Tate & Lyle said it expected to finalise a plan to maximise returns from Splenda by the end of the month.

Ajinomoto denies Splenda buyout rumours

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Ajinomoto has denied claims published in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper that it was eyeing Tate & Lyle’s Splenda sucralose business.

Carotenoid from green algae shows ‘potent’ anti-fat activity

Carotenoid from green algae shows ‘potent’ anti-fat activity

By Stephen Daniells

A carotenoid from green algae called siphonaxanthin may inhibit the development of fat cells and the build-up of fat in fat tissue, suggests new research from Japan. The compound could be a novel ingredient for use in weight management supplements, said...

Zen and the Art of Japanese Beverage Packaging...

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Zen and the Art of Japanese Beverage Packaging...

By Ben BOUCKLEY

As EP Resources reports on a changing Japanese beverage landscape marked by a C-store surge, report author Stuart Hoggard talks trends including taller, slimmer bottles, and a willingness among global giants such as PepsiCo to let local partners manage...

From Foshu to fusion: What will be big in Japan in 2015

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From Foshu to fusion: What will be big in Japan in 2015

By RJ Whitehead

Japanese conglomerate Nagase has revealed its predictions of country’s top food trends for 2015.  Its choices are based on the anticipated changes to Japanese claims regulations, as well as consumer interest in new food experiences and ethnic flavours.