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Japanese FF consumption advances 8.1%; frozen vegetable imports surge again.

Japanese FF Consumption Advances 8.1%; Frozen Vegetable Imports Surge Again

Tonnage nears 1.19-million as prepared foods dominate marketplace. Vegetables rank second in consumption, followed by fish. Paced by potatoes, USA remains top foreign supplier.

Frozen vegetable imports increased 22.7% in Japan last year, as frozen food consumption overall increased 8.1% to 1,189,256 tons, according to the Japan Frozen Food Association.

Domestic production of frozen vegetables actually fell 10.5% to 80,269 tons, so there isn't any doubt that imports have an impact on the domestic economy. That could be bad news for future trade relations, since Japanese farmers are resisting import liberalization.

Imported vegetables, primarily from the United States and Taiwan, increased to 312,525 tons last year in spite of the drought in North America that restricted availability of corn, peas and beans. Combined vegetable sales increased from 344,618 to 392,794 tons.

Prepared foods continued to dominate the picture, at 655,058 tons, up 5.9% from 1987. But the makeup of the prepared foods category continued to shift from fried foods, which advanced only 3.1% to 298,462 tons, to non-fried foods, which increased 8.5% to 356,596 tons.

Despite Japan's reputation as a fish-eating country, fishery products volume was up only 3.7% to 89,082 tons -- with retail sales actually showing a 16.2% decline. Livestock products rose only 1.3%, to 25,338 tons, and showed a 1.9% decline at retail. A 5.9% rise in confectionery products, to 24,218, was also all on the institutional side.

Of the vegetable imports, 127,421 tons were potato products (up 30.1%), 39,802 tons corn (up 20%), 36,842 tons green soybeans (down 13.7%), 53,263 tons other beans (up 25.1%), and 55,197 tons miscellaneous (up 43.9%). The U.S. accounted for 170,983 tons, Taiwan 70,069, China 27,776, Canada 19,071 and New Zealand 14,288.

The institutional share of the market rose again, from 72.4% to 73.2%. The number of frozen food plants increased from 778 to 812, and the yen value of domestic production went from 4.733 trillion to 4.843 trillion. [Tabular Data 1 and 2 Omitted]

PHOTO : The Japan Frozen Food Association keeps consumer interest in FF high by sponsoring

PHOTO : preparation seminars.
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Title Annotation:1989 Global Frozen Food Almanac; frozen food
Publication:Quick Frozen Foods International
Date:Oct 1, 1989
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