Latest Insights

Rich man's dairy - yogurt finds a new target 31 May 2019

A relaunch from Japanese dairy giant Meiji Holdings highlights how some manufacturers targeting health concerns are now making their product propositions more specific.


Sustainability at heart of Ajinomoto's global ambitions 13 Oct 2017

Ben Cooper looks at how Japan food and ingredients group Ajinomoto’s approach to sustainability ties in with its broader ambitions to become a leading force on the world food stage.


How FMCG brands can capitalise on e-commerce opportunity in Japan 28 Apr 2017

Andrew Pearl, director of strategy and insights for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at e-commerce analytics firm Profitero, casts his eyes further afield to Japan, a market showing promise for e-commerce FMCG.


Aldi's fresh UK offensive, Wal-Mart US job cuts, M&A in Japan - September 2016 retail round-up 7 Oct 2016

September saw Aldi, which has done so much to shake up the UK's grocery market, announce plans for further investment in the country. In the US, Wal-Mart said it would extend moves to cut back-office jobs in its domestic market. And in Asia, Japan's FamilyMart and Uny finalised their plans to merge, a deal that creates the second-largest c-store player in the country.


Comment: Splenda buy would fit Ajinomoto strategy 8 Apr 2015

Japanese food maker Ajinomoto is said to be interested in acquiring the Splenda sucralose business from UK food ingredients group Tate & Lyle. While Splenda has seen sales and profits hit by heightened global competition, the business nevertheless represents a good fit for Ajinomoto's own ingredients arm, which includes artificial sweetener aspartame.

Latest News

Japan's Meiji Co. sells assets to Fujimoto, Zennochi 17 Mar 2020

Japanese food group Meiji Co. has continued with its asset disposal programme by selling rice and meat businesses to local peers for an undisclosed sum.


The Carlyle Group to sell Japan's Meisui Bijin to Shinmei 3 Mar 2020

Private equity firm The Carlyle Group has agreed to sell Japanese bean sprouts manufacturer Meisui Bijin Factory.


Japanese snacks firm Calbee acquires local company Potato Kaitsuka 3 Mar 2020

Japanese snack maker Calbee has announced it has acquired a local sweet potato business from its shareholders and major investor.


Japan seafood giant Maruha Nichiro names new CEO 4 Feb 2020

A change at the top of one of the world's largest seafood companies, Japan's Maruha Nichiro, has been announced.


Ajinomoto announces unusual joint venture with Accenture 8 Nov 2019

Ajinomoto, the Japan-based food and ingredients major, is to form an unusual joint venture that will use technology to make its corporate functions more efficient.


US touts boost for meat, dairy from Japan trade deal 8 Oct 2019

The US has signed a new trade deal in Asia that Washington says could provide a major boost for meat and dairy exporters.


Japan's Meiji offloads meat business Kenko Ham 3 Oct 2019

Japanese food company Meiji Holdings has sold its meat subsidiary to a fellow meat-processing business. 


Japan’s Kirin eyes "functional" food push with Fancl investment 16 Aug 2019

Kirin Holdings, the Japanese drinks major, is looking to develop functional foods after buying a 30% stake in a local peer.


Nestle to use origami paper packaging on Japanese KitKats 14 Aug 2019

Nestlé has swapped its mini KitKats plastic packaging for paper in Japan as part of its initiative to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.


Japan's Fujicco to buy local Chinese-foods supplier Foods Palette Co. 19 Jul 2019

Japan-based manufacturer Fujicco is to acquire a local business marketing Chinese food "specialities".

Latest blogs

Nestle gives KitKat golden touch in Japan 27 Nov 2015

Capitalising on Kit Kat's popularity in Japan, Nestle is rolling out a limited edition of gold-enveloped single Kit Kat Fingers.


Japan's Itochu in another agrifood deal 28 Jul 2014

Almost a year after buying Dole Food Co.'s international packaged food and Asian fresh businesses, Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. has looked again to the wider agrifood sector to diversify its business interests.


KitKat wrappers pass for train tickets in Japan 12 Jun 2014

Nestle has teamed up with the Sanriku Railway to enable train travellers to use Kit Kat wrappers as tickets.