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Food companies leave FHA on full stomachs as the industry rebounds from Covid

I spent 2 full days at Food and Hotel Asia Singapore this week (FHA) and it was packed full of exhibitors and visitors alike. There were over 2000 companies present, mostly packaged food, beverage and agricultural firms plus a fair number of packaging equipment and a cluster of wine and spirits companies. The majority were …

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Japan bakery market

Piping hot Japanese pâtisserie market has momentum! Time for investors to savour the taste

Life is what you bake it, runs the adage. There is a dietary shift in Japan. Historically rice was the main staple, but its per capita consumption is declining year on year. There are more single person households; preparing rice is a hassle especially if you a busy 20 year-something. Rice consumption is also dropping …

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It’s not just Beijing who’s relishing the Winter Olympics. Ask French ski brand Rossignol

Personally I enjoy the winter olympics more than the summer games. Since I go to the slopes myself, I know how difficult many of the disciplines are. In particular I have the utmost admiration for the ski jumpers and the downhill racers; nerves of steel is an understatement!  I digress. This year the Olympic committee …

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Kao wants to become a global player but the big question is how?

If you live in Japan, you almost certainly know Kao 花王 It’s one of the country’s largest FMCG manufacturers marketing a plethora of brands in Cosmetics, Skin & Hair care, Health beverages, Fabric and Home care as well as a Chemicals division. The problem for Kao is that 70% of its revenues come from Japan, …

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Wattbike, favoured workhorse of the All Blacks, aims for global presence

Wattbike creates bikes for indoor cycling, a pastime that soared during the Covid pandemic. The business was founded in 2007 by a former rowing champion in collaboration with British cycling. Its USP is technology, the Wattbike hub app allows riders to collect data for training and performance improvement. The software is agnostic, allowing friends to …

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Hamayuu is the first authentic Japanese restaurant to open in Chester, and it’s booming!

Last weekend I visited old friends in Chester, England. Chester is one of the country’s historical gems, originally settled by the Romans; an old city wall which still encircles the city, a stunning cathedral and an eclectic range of shops. This year the city welcomed its first Japanese restaurant. It’s called Hamayuu. It was impossible …

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