Japanese brewer Sapporo to form partnership with AB InBev to improve distribution

JAPAN - Japanese brewer Sapporo will resume its exports to China through a distribution partnership with AB InBev, as it aims to target the premium beer segment. According to FoodBev, China is the world’s largest beer market and Sapporo drew attention to the premium segment, including imported beer brands, which it says is exhibiting “dramatic…

Japan scraps ban on liquid baby formula with new standards for manufacturers

JAPAN - Japan’s milk industry has welcomed its government’s decision to revise an ordinance that prohibited the production and sale of liquid baby formula, reversing the ban that had permitted powdered product only. According to justfood, the ministry of health, labour and welfare has announced new standards for ready-made liquid baby formula that can be…

Danish Crowns opens new production line in Blans abattoir

UK – Danish Crowns, a global meat processing company, has established a new production line at the abattoir in Blans near Sønderborg, which will increase the number of employees by almost 10 per cent from 1,100 to 1,200. According to the company, the Japanese consumers and restaurants have for decades had a strong preference for…

DuPont to open a new innovation site in Japan to expand production

JAPAN - DuPont Nutrition & Health, an American conglomerate, will open a new innovation site in Japan later this summer to serve customers primarily in the bakery, beverage and dairy industries. Located in the Kanagawa Prefecture, the 700-square-metre facility will provide solutions for the company’s Japan- and Korea-based clients. According to the company, the site’s…

Walmart plans to exit Japan with sale of its supermarket chain Seiyu

JAPAN- The US multinational retailer Walmart Inc. is looking to exit the Japanese market with the sale of its supermarket chain Seiyu for between US$2.7 billion and US$4.5 billion, Nikkei business daily reported without citing source of information. The move comes in the middle of persistent deflation, competition and rising ecommerce from online retailers such…

South Korea and Japan halts ‘genetically modified’ wheat imports from Canada

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea has announced that it has suspended wheat and flour imports from Canada after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that it had discovered genetically modified (GM) wheat in southern Alberta. On June 15, Japan temporarily halted imports of Canadian wheat saying it was reviewing tests that Canadian officials had…

Coca-Cola launches clear, calorie-free beverage in Japan

JAPAN - Coca-Cola Japan, has released a clear, zero-calorie beverage in Japan, which had initially created the concept to appeal to Japanese consumers who desire new, innovative beverages during summer, and the drink was developed over the course of a year at Coca-Cola’s US headquarters. According to FoodBev, the drink does not feature the caramel…

Coca-Cola launches the first-ever alcoholic drink in Japan

JAPAN - Coca-Cola has launched its first ever alcoholic drink; a fizzy, lemon-flavoured concoction laced with spirits that seeks to capitalise on the growing popularity of "chuhai" alcopops enjoyed especially by young women. “Although the US firm dabbled in the wine business in the 1970s, the experiment in Japan is unique in the company's 125-year…

Japan millers evaluates US wheat, sign deal to develop club wheat

USA - Japan flour millers have gone to the United States to evaluate and discuss on the quality of US wheat among other issues including relationship between the Japanese milling industry and US wheat. The group was welcomed by the Oregon Wheat Commission (OWC) and the Washington Grain Commission (WGC). The forum, also attended by…

Coca-Cola launches world’s first ‘frozen Coca-Cola beverage pouch in Japan

JAPAN - Coca-Cola has launched a ready-to-drink frozen Coca-Cola beverage in a squeezable or resealabe pouch in Japan, one of its kind in the world. The invention, which the company said took 8 years of development plus 100 prototypes before landing on this design and formula, was the first the company has come up with…