Sake News from Japan

OEM sake ice cream is here

OEM sake ice cream is here

PR Times carries a press release announcing that SAKEICE - ice cream made/flavoured with sake - is now available as an OEM/white-label product with any sake. Freezer technology consultancy, food product development and marketing support company edamame Inc. takes care...

National Tax Agency report on Japan’s drinks industry – part 2

National Tax Agency report on Japan’s drinks industry – part 2

For historical reasons (including using alcohol taxes to fund military action) alcohol production in Japan is overseen by the Japanese National Tax Agency (NTA). As well as collecting taxes, they also provide a host of services and subsidies for companies making sake,...

Miyagi steps up export efforts

Miyagi steps up export efforts

There's no shortage of originality from breweries when it comes to promoting their sake, so it's also interesting to see what is being done on the prefectural level as local authorities try to support exports. I chose this article in the Yomiuri Shinbun because it...

National Tax Agency Japan reports on all things alcohol – part 1

National Tax Agency Japan reports on all things alcohol – part 1

For historical reasons (including using alcohol taxes to fund military action) alcohol production in Japan is overseen by the Japanese National Tax Agency (NTA). As well as collecting taxes, they also provide a host of services and subsidies for companies making sake,...

Why keeping the sake secret is key

Why keeping the sake secret is key

A company shipping sake from Niigata to post boxes across Japan are keeping something from those who sign up to receive a few samples every month - but they have their reasons. The Sake Post subscription service was featured in a series of articles on innovative...

Relevant to my interests – sake and coffee

Relevant to my interests – sake and coffee

The Shokuhin Sangyo Shimbunsha Co., Ltd (Food Industry Newspaper Company) has an article about two of my favourite things - sake and coffee. The story is about a new collaboration between Maruyama Coffee in Tokyo and Asahi Shuzō in Niigata, makers of Kubota (Not the...

State of sake in 2022

State of sake in 2022

PR Times carries a press release from My Voice, a research company specialising in online surveys. They have surveyed the Japanese public about their sake consumption habits since 2008, and the most recent survey took place online between 1-5 February 2022. The press...

Kōji-based brewing to be put forward for UNESCO status

Kōji-based brewing to be put forward for UNESCO status

The Japanese National Tax Agency (NTA) released a video on 28 February 2022 explaining the country's latest bid for UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status: traditional brewing processes unique to Japan that make use of the 'national fungi' Aspergillus oryzae and...

Brewing sake overseas in the time of corona

Brewing sake overseas in the time of corona

Despite the widespread problems caused by the novel coronavirus over the last two years, from my limited perspective there seems to be an increase in online activity and visibility from some sake breweries, and also in information being put out on social media and...

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