Japan

Masaki Ishii was inspired to add olive lees to his herd’s feed on Shodoshima island

Japanese beef pioneer creates olive-fed wagyu industry

By Kathryn Wortley, in Tokyo

Wagyu beef produced from olive-fed cattle on a remote island in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea is experiencing exponential demand at home and abroad, thanks to its healthy fats and ‘umami’ (savoury) flavour.

Japan becomes biggest US export market

Japan becomes biggest US export market

By Kathryn Wortley, in Tokyo

Japan is now the United States’ leading export market for beef, in value and volume, and largest market for pork exports in value, according to 2017 trade data released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Keyakizaka beef has been developed in response to growing demand for wagyu

Tokyo businesses tackle wagyu shortage

By Kathryn Wortley, in Tokyo

A hotel and farm in Tokyo have teamed up to raise wagyu cattle on superfoods in response to rising demand for low-fat, locally-sourced wagyu amid a shortage of wagyu producers.

US beef and pork exports to Japan grow

US beef and pork exports grow in January

By Aidan Fortune

US exports of beef and pork for January grew year-on-year, bolstered by growing sales in the Japanese market, according to data released by USDA and compiled by USMEF.

CPTPP signing welcomed by meat industry

Meat industry welcomes CPTPP signing

By Aidan Fortune

Meat industry representatives of the countries that signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) have welcomed the agreement.

Japan plots growth in wagyu export sales to Taiwan

Japan plots growth in wagyu export sales to Taiwan

By Kathryn Wortley, in Tokyo

Japanese wagyu beef exports to Taiwan are set to soar as meat producers tap into demand following the lifting of a 16-year ban on the product, while riding on the tailwind of a Japanese government promotional campaign.

Growth in Chinese poultry exports, especially broiler meat, is well ahead of overall agricultural export growth

Chinese poultry exports on the rise

By Mark Godfrey

Efforts by Chinese poultry firms to get export market share were given a boost by the news that a major poultry-producing region in eastern China has upped its exports by over 13% year on year in 2017.