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…

Tokyo’s Kaneka Corporation entering Japan’s dairy products market

JAPAN - Pur Natur-Kaneka Corporation, Tokyo based food company is considering entrance into the Japan dairy products business after its affiliate food sales company, Kaneka Shokuhin Co., Ltd began to sell its product ‘Milk for Bread’ in the country. FoodIngredientsFirst reported the company will start to sell butter mainly for commercial use such as bakeries…

Pepsi releases J-Cola soft drink range for the Japanese market

JAPAN – Suntory, a Japanese brewing and distilling company group and Pepsi have announced that they will release a cola drink exclusively for the Japanese market called J-Cola. According to Foodbev, new flavours will be available as part of the new range, including a Regular cola drink, a zero calorie variant aptly named Zero and…

Tyson to sell Circle Foods to Japanese food and chemical corporation, Ajinomoto

USA - Tyson Foods has reached a deal to sell Circle Foods, its specialty food products arm in the US to Ajinomoto Co., Inc is a Japanese food and chemical corporation which produces seasonings, cooking oils, TV dinners, sweeteners, amino acids, and pharmaceuticals. Tyson Foods acquired Circle Foods LLC, a manufacturer of frozen and refrigerated…

Coca-Cola to introduce the first alcoholic drink in Japan

JAPAN - Coca-Cola will introduce the first alcoholic drink in the company's 125-year history, tapping into a growing trend in Japan for mildly intoxicating drink mixes. The new brand will compete in a category known as Chu-Hi- which also includes sparkling water and flavouring- to which the main ingredient is a vodka-like distillation of rice,…

Yamazaki Baking net sales grows 1.1% from strong performance in bread, rice and noodles

JAPAN - Yamazaki Baking Co., the Japanese leader in manufactured bread and baked goods showed improved net sales to US$9.84 billion in the fiscal year 2017, a 1.1% increase boosted by growth from the company’s processed bread, prepared rice and processed noodle. Strong performance from the bread and sweet buns contributed to a 1.3% increase…

DNP, SIG sign joint venture agreement for new value added carton packaging

JAPAN - Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd (DNP), one of the largest printing/coating technologies companies in the world, has entered a definitive 50-50 joint venture with SIG Combibloc Co., Ltd, an agreement that seeks to bring value-added carton packaging and filling technology solutions. With a focus to enrich the Japanese food and beverage industry, the…