Japan

Bitter grimace explained by Japanese scientists

Bitter grimace explained by Japanese scientists

By RJ Whitehead

Researchers in Japan have identified links between how palatable a taste is and blood circulation across different parts of the face—going some way to giving an explanation for the squinting mechanism caused by the taste of something bitter.

The Rice Bun debuts in the US

Japanese rice processor in $10m US debut

By Jenny Eagle

Shinmei Co. Ltd is investing more than $10m in a rice processing facility in California to produce a gluten-free ‘Rice Bun’, an alternative to the burger bun, in the US.

Wine for cats launched in Japan

Wine for cats launched in Japan

By Mark ASTLEY

Cat lovers need never drink alone again thanks to Japanese pet supplement company B&H Lifes, which has developed a wine product for felines.  

“Lucozade and Ribena are iconic brands that have made a huge contribution to GSK over the years, but now is the right time to sell them...

SOLD! GSK exits drinks market

Glaxo sells Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory for £1.35bn cash

By Shane STARLING

Ever-expanding Japanese beverage behemoth, Suntory, is the new owner of Lucozade and Ribena, which GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has sold for £1.35bn (€1.6bn/$2.11bn) as it admits defeat in its internationalisation plans and trains its focus on its pharma activities.