Foodex, Japan and Asia’s largest food exhibition, opened this week (13 March) and non-Japanese firms looking to enter this large and lucrative market are flocking through the doors. But how do you go about starting...
In a move designed to accelerate strategic growth objectives in the Asian dairy market, Danone revealed today (1 January) that it has taken control of all shares in its Japanese joint venture Calpis Ajinomoto Danone (CAD).
Japan’s obsession with detail has led to one of the most advanced packaging cultures in the world. Innovation and consumer attitudes are high on the agenda, a lesson food companies of the West would do well to learn, Michael Fitzpatrick believes.
Japan is a tough nut for foreign food brands to crack. Its consumers may be wealthy, but they are also difficult to please. Intense competition and a complicated retail structure discourage foreign entrants, but Rupert Sutton explores a sales channel that is not only profitable but also surprisingly straightforward, as Waitrose has shown with its private-label products.