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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.


Interview: Kikkoman innovating to stay ahead in changing markets 4 Nov 2014

Like many Japanese food majors, soy sauce and seasonings group Kikkoman Corp. is battling an ageing domestic population. However, through innovation, Kikkoman is looking to meet changing consumer demand at home, while looking to expand further overseas. Julian Ryall met Kikkoman president and CEO Noriaki Horikiri to discuss the company's plans.

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Japan's Ajinomoto to shake up domestic production 29 Sep 2017

Japan-based food and ingredients group Ajinomoto is to revamp parts of its domestic manufacturing base in a bid to improve productivity and profitability.


Nissin profits rise on domestic growth 10 Aug 2017

Nissin Foods Holdings has reported rising first-quarter earnings, helped by the Japan-based group's domestic Myojo Foods processed food arm, as well as a rise in group sales.


Calbee earnings results crushed by Japanese potato shortage 4 Aug 2017

Japanese snack maker Calbee reported a slide in first-quarter sales and profits after a poor harvest caused a potato shortage, forcing the company to cease production of certain crisps brands in April.


Kikkoman soy sauce maker EBIT gets flavour of global recovery 3 Aug 2017

Japanese soy sauce and seasoning maker Kikkoman posted an increase in first-quarter revenue as the company said the global economy continued to recover "moderately''.


Japan ups the protectionist ante with higher tariffs on imported beef 28 Jul 2017

Japan has introduced emergency measures to protect its beef industry by increasing the tariffs on imported frozen beef from the US and other countries.


Yakult profits surge with higher overseas food & beverage sales 28 Jul 2017

Yakult Honsha Co., the Japanese maker of the popular probiotic drink of the same name, saw net income surge in the fiscal first quarter ended June, along with a noticeable increase in sales at its overseas food and beverage operations.


Japan's Marubeni Corp. to buy US beef supplier Creekstone Farms 21 Jul 2017

Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corp. has struck a deal to acquire US beef and pork supplier Creekstone Farms Premium Beef from an affiliate of private-equity firm Sun Capital Partners.


Nestle to open new KitKat factory in Japan 14 Jul 2017

An I Love Fruits range is just one of the KitKat delights Nestle will produce at its new factory in Japan when it comes on stream in August, as the company seeks to satisfy increasing appetite for locally-made chocolate brands.


EU, Japan announce trade deal 6 Jul 2017

The EU and Japan have today (6 July) announced an agreement "in principle" on trade between the two markets.


Calbee to restart crisps sales after sourcing boost 15 Jun 2017

Japan-based food group Calbee is to bring back to market the three lines of crisps it stopped selling in April after a poor harvest had led to a shortage of potatoes.

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.