Japanese retailer Aeon partners with Ocado to expand its online grocery business

JAPAN – Japan’s leading supermarket operator, Aeon has entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Ocado Solutions, a division of London-based online grocer Ocado Group to expand its e-commerce. Aeon will leverage on Ocado’s nearly […]

Nestlé Japan debuts KitKat Chocolatory made entirely from the cocoa fruit

JAPAN – Nestlé Japan has launched the KitKat Chocolatory Cacao Fruit Chocolate , the first product to use a unique chocolate made entirely from the cocoa fruit. According to the confectioner, the iconic crispy KitKat […]

Ajinomoto forms JV with Accenture to accelerate operational transformation

JAPAN – Tokyo-based seasonings major, Ajinomoto has reached an agreement to form a joint venture with Accenture in Japan, to help the food and biotech company accelerate its operational transformation. The new company, Ajinomoto Digital […]

Kirin Beverages launches non-alcoholic beer with fat-reducing functions

JAPAN – Kirin Beverages, Japan’s second-largest brewer has launched the Kirin Karada Free, a non-alcoholic beer with a Food with Functional Claim (FFC) label. The Kirin Karada Free is part of the brewer’s functional beer offerings […]

Japanese retailer Seven & I unveils major restructuring plan with 3000 jobs at stake

JAPAN – Seven & I Holdings Company, the largest convenience stores operator in Japan has unveiled a major restructuring strategy at its group subsidiaries that will result to loss of 3000 jobs. As it continues […]

United States sign trade deal with Japan on food and agricultural exports

USA – The United States and Japan have officially signed a trade deal on food and agricultural exports as the two countries continue to deepen and modernize their trade relationship. The deal, which was announced […]

Japan to fund US$3.6m for creation of virtual farmers market in Mozambique

MOZAMBIQUE – The Japanese government will be funding Mozambique with upto US$3.6 million for the creation of a Virtual Farmers Market, a project implemented by the United Nations, World Food Programme. The initiative aims to […]

Japanese consortium to fund Kenyan small-scale sorghum processors

KENYA – A consortium of private firms from Japan have rolled out an initiative to equip and fund Kenyan small scale processors to add value to sorghum in efforts to boost uptake of the traditional […]

AfDB calls for more investments in Africa’s food markets to enhance food security

AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has called on governments across Africa to invest in food markets in order to enhance food security in the continent. Speaking during the 7th Tokyo International Conference on […]