Japan

Alcohol-free sector holds opportunities in Japan

Growth opportunity in Japan’s alcohol-free beverage sector

By Kacey Culliney

Japan’s alcoholic beverage market is shrinking and sluggish according to a Datamonitor report, but analysts have noted opportunity in the growing alcohol-free sector due to consumer focus on drink driving laws.

Rice contamination in Japan leads to shipment ban

Rice shipments halted from Fukushima, Japan

By Kacey Culliney

Distribution of rice cultivated in the Fukushima prefecture has been restricted following the detection of unsafe levels of radioactive contamination found in samples harvested this season.

Chr Hansen inks Japanese probiotic-plant extract deal

Chr Hansen inks Japanese probiotic-plant extract deal

By Shane Starling

Danish probiotics giant Chr Hansen says its just-announced alliance with a Japanese botanical supplement maker will yield plant-probiotic combination food supplement products on European and global markets kicking off in Q1 2012.

Japanese scientists to breed rice resilient to radioactive cesium

Japanese scientists to breed rice resilient to radioactive cesium

By Kacey Culliney

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese scientists from the Fukushima Agricultural Technology Centre are working towards a potential solution for the future of Japanese rice farmers – a strain of rice resilient to cesium absorption.

Gourmet NZ yoghurt may hit Japanese stores

Gourmet NZ yoghurt may hit Japanese stores

By Ankush Chibber

Demand for gourmet yoghurt has seen a small yoghurt maker from New Zealand attract interest from a multi-million dollar player that would see its products on shelves in thousands of stores in Japan.

Asahi to acquire Independent Liquor

Asahi to acquire Independent Liquor

By Kacey Culliney

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings today announced an agreement to acquire 100% of Independent Liquor from Pacific Equity Partners and Unitas Capital in a 97.6bn Yen ($1.28bn) deal.