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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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Danone to cut stake in probiotics drink firm Yakult from 21% to 7% 14 Feb 2018

French dairy giant Danone plans to reduce its 21.29% stake in Japanese probiotic drinks firm Yakult Honsha Co. to 7% as part of its continued "focus on disciplined capital allocation''.


Meiji Holdings to invest in chocolate production 26 Jan 2018

Meiji Holdings, the Japan-based food group, has set out plans to invest in its domestic chocolate production.


Nestle launches KitKat with Barry Callebaut's ruby chocolate 18 Jan 2018

Nestle is to launch the first branded product using ingredient giant Barry Callebaut's ruby chocolate.


Ajinomoto to make changes to Japan R&D function 15 Dec 2017

Japan-based food and ingredients group Ajinomoto is to make more changes to its domestic business, with moves to consolidate the research and development within its home food products division.


Nissin Foods drops on HKD904m share debut 11 Dec 2017

Shares in Nissin Foods, the Japanese instant noodle maker, fell on the first day of trading in Hong Kong after the company raised HKD904.4m (US$115.8m) in an initial public offering.


EU, Japan finalise trade deal 8 Dec 2017

The EU and Japan today (7 December) announced they had finalised a deal on trade between the two markets, an agreement that looks set to open the Asian country to European agricultural exports.


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''.

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.