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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.

Latest News

Japan scraps ban on liquid baby formula 10 Sep 2018

Japan’s milk industry has welcomed its government’s decision to revise an ordinance that prohibited the production and sale of liquid baby formula - reversing a ban that has permitted powdered product only.

Japan's Mitsubishi to buy majority stake in local rice business Gourmet Delica 7 Aug 2018

Conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. is to buy an 80% stake in fellow Japanese food business Gourmet Delica.d.

EU, Japan sign "economic partnership" 17 Jul 2018

The EU and Japan today (17 July) announced they have formally signed a trade agreement between the two markets covering almost a third of the world's GDP.

Japan's sheep, goat meat market opens up for US exporters 13 Jul 2018

Japan is set to resume imports of sheep and goat meat from the US for the first time in 14 years.

Icelandic dairy company MS signs production deal in Japan 26 Jun 2018

MS Iceland Dairies has signed a production and branding agreement for its Isey Skyr yogurt product with Nippon Luna, a Japanese dairy company owned by meat giant and fresh and frozen food business Nippon Ham.

Japan's Calbee announces retirement of CEO Akira Matsumoto 3 Apr 2018

Japanese snack maker Calbee has announced that CEO Akira Matsumoto is to retire from the role.

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.

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.