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Healthy drinks and organic dairy offer ample growth opportunities, say experts. ©iStock

Six Japan food, nutrition and consumer trends set to shape 2017

By Gary Scattergood

We pinpoint six of the must-know food, nutrition and consumer trends taking shape in Japan, from superfoods to sports nutrition, ahead of one of the country's biggest trade shows, FoodEx Japan, which takes place next month.

The Kit Kat sushi is available until February 14.

SPOTLIGHT JAPAN

Have a break...have a Kit Kat sushi

By Gary Scattergood

Japan is known for its love of weird and wacky Kit Kat flavours, but Nestlé might have just taken the biscuit with its sushi version.

Japan's restaurants are looking forward to Meat Day

Japan ‘meat day’ looms – sales boom expected

By Kathryn Wortley

Butchers, supermarkets and barbecue restaurants in Japan are gearing up for the national meat trade’s busiest day of the year, dubbed ‘Meat Day’ – on 9 February. 

Japanese wagyu beef is among the most popular tax gifts in Japan

Japan's tax diversion scheme lifts wagyu beef sales

By Kathryn Wortley

A scheme by Miyazaki Prefecture, which offers local wagyu in return for tax payments to its municipalities from residents in other parts of the country, is supporting regional livestock farmers and meat producers.

Japan has celebrated Christmas with KFC since the 70s

Christmas sparks boom in KFC sales in Japan

By Kathryn Wortley

Japan's long-held tradition of celebrating Christmas with KFC has lifted poultry farmers after the industry culled half a million birds in November and December 2016 following a bird flu outbreak.

Yuzu, a sour fruit, is cultivated mainly in Japan and Korea. ©iStock

Underwater shockwaves improve antioxidant levels in yuzu juice: study

By Gary Scattergood

Underwater shockwave pre-treatment improves the antioxidant functionality of yuzu fruit juice, confirming its potential for use in a wide-range of food applications and leading to the possible establishment “of a new field of industrial technology,” a...