Sake News from Japan

Nihonsakari patent yeast that reduces hineka

Nihonsakari patent yeast that reduces hineka

Hineka (ひねか) is the name for unpleasant odors that usually develop after bottling or during storage, and are normally attributed to poor handling or just deterioration over time. But what if you could make a sake less likely to develop hineka in the first place?...

Sake labelling regulations to change in 2023

Sake labelling regulations to change in 2023

Part 3 of the look at the Japan National Tax Agency (NTA) 2022 report on the Japanese drinks business referred to their role in updates to the Labeling Standards for the Manufacturing Process and Quality of Sake (清酒の製法品質表示基準, seishu no seihō hinshitsu hyōji kijun) -...

National Tax Agency report on Japan’s drinks industry – part 3

National Tax Agency report on Japan’s drinks industry – part 3

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,...

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...

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