Japan

Guests dine on landmark research at new gourmet restaurant

Kinki tuna

Guests dine on landmark research at new gourmet restaurant

By RJ Whitehead

Western Japan's Kinki University will soon open a restaurant in downtown Osaka specialising in blue-fin tuna and other types of fish that have been artificially raised from eggs at its aquaculture facilities.

World looks to China for clues about global pork strength

Analysis

World looks to China for clues about global pork strength

By RJ Whitehead

China will be a key indicator of the state of the global pork market in 2013 after the world, according to Rabobank. Nevertheless, China’s pork producers will still face a challenging year in 2013.

Japanese majors step up focus on Thai food business

Japanese majors step up focus on Thai food business

By RJ Whitehead

After a decade of rising profits on the back of Chinese demand for coal and iron ore, Japan's two biggest biggest trading companies are shifting focus to food as bulk commodity prices and demand continue to wane. 

Suntory plans share sale to fund M&A drive?

Suntory plans share sale to fund M&A drive?

By Ben Bouckley

Multinational Suntory Holdings plans to sell shares in its non-alcoholic drinks business to fund a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) drive, according to unnamed sources cited by Bloomberg.

Dole sale nears completion, president moves to Itochu

Dole sale nears completion, president moves to Itochu

By RJ Whitehead

It seems like the sale of Dole's worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh business to Itochu is almost complete, following an announcement that the American fruit major's president will be joining Itochu to run the company's new acquisitions.

Far East and America driving Australian beef dynamics

State of the industry

Far East and America driving Australian beef dynamics

By RJ Whitehead

Changing trends in traditional key export markets are presenting both hurdles and opportunities for Australia's boxed-beef exporters, according to a recently released industry report.