Western tastes taking hold in Japan? Western imports certainly are!
The fastest-growing single frozen food product in Japan last year was pizza, up 26% to 16,313 tons and 23.6% to 16.1 billion yen. Granted, pizza isn't a very big category in absolute terms (Alg.) such as are known, or which do not contain the unknown quantity.
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Although statistics from the Japan Frozen Food Association (JFFA) show domestic production of frozen food to be increasing every year, the US Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) reports that domestic food production is declining steadily, and predicts that imports will increase to match it by the year 2003.
JFFA and FAS figures aren't necessarily in conflict. A lot of the "production" in Japan surely relies on imported raw materials, especially in the fisheries sector. Even in the prepared foods sector, which dominates the Japanese frozen food industry, a lot of the raw materials (including but not limited to fish and shellfish shellfish, popular name for certain edible mollusks (see Mollusca), e.g., oysters, clams, and scallops, and for certain edible crustaceans, e.g., crabs, lobsters, and shrimps. All are aquatic invertebrates with shells; they are not fish. ) must be coming from abroad.
With the elimination of import barriers in the last few years, imports of frozen meat and juice concentrates have soared. So far, these don't seem to be reflected in frozen food statistics, perhaps because they are used primarily for remanufacture of non-frozen products (refrigerated re·frig·er·ate
tr.v. re·frig·er·at·ed, re·frig·er·at·ing, re·frig·er·ates
1. To cool or chill (a substance).
2. To preserve (food) by chilling. meats and chilled juices). The JFFA acknowledges that about 100,000 tons of ready meals were imported last year and marketed as frozen, but it doesn't have a precise handle on the volume.
Because of a continuing recession, Japanese frozen food prices were off slightly last year, and with US production of frozen vegetables Frozen vegatables (also freeze-dried vegetables) are commercially packaged vegetables that are sold in the frozen section of the store, usually packaged in either rectangular boxes or plastic bags. abundant, imports in that category were a real bargain. Among domestically-produced products, prices were down sharply in fried shrimp and lobster, finfish finfish
fish with fins, that is teleosts, elasmobranches, holocephalids, agnathids and cephalochordates; also a fish marketer's term used to include that section of marketable fish which is neither shellfish nor molluscs. generally, corn on the cob, potato products other than fries, spinach and meats. Prices were up, however, in raw shellfish, meatballs, fried dumplings, rice products and stews/soups/sauces.
As previously reported in the July QFFI QFFI Quick Frozen Foods International , Japanese frozen food consumption overall reached about 1.92 million tons, counting both imported vegetables and the estimated imports of ready meals. That works out to about 15 kilograms per capita [Latin, By the heads or polls.] A term used in the Descent and Distribution of the estate of one who dies without a will. It means to share and share alike according to the number of individuals. -- less than the average for Europe, but still impressive for a country where the retail market has traditionally lagged because of the lack of both display space in stores and freezer space in Japanese households.
A 7.4% annual increase is all the more remarkable in a recession; if that rate keeps up over the next five years, frozen food consumption should reach 2.6 million tons by the turn of the century. If recent experience is any guide, prepared foods (up 6.4% last year, 8.9% for fried) and imported vegetables (up 16% last year) will dominate the market even more than they do today -- although more of the imports may come from China (up 47% last year) than from the US.
Despite the increase in frozen food production and sales, refrigerated storage space in Japan grew by only 1.7% last year. This year's increase in storage capacity looks to be no larger, and suggests that the Japanese cold storage industry is making remarkable strides in efficiency -- with faster turn-arounds ensuring that the same amount of space can be used to move greater amounts of product.
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