Insect protein, local supermarkets’ focus on RTE and private label, AI for Japanese seafood and more feature in our roundup

“Insects, the new sushi”: Ÿnsect sees Japan and Korea as attractive markets for mealworm protein

French insect protein company Ÿnsect is seeking to enter the Japanese and Korean markets after winning a national business competition and signing a high-profile research partnership.

The company was founded in 2011 and breeds Buffalo and Molitor mealworms for protein applications in human food and supplements, fish feed, pet food, as well as plant fertilizers.

It currently operates a plant in France for its animal nutrition and fertilizer business and another plant in the Netherlands for human nutrition.

We focus on the mealworm because it is easier to industrialize than other insects. Mealworms are also high in protein at around 72% powder and low in fat, while beef or chicken can yield around 25-30% protein.“, said Bruno Grandsard, member of the strategic committee supporting the global development of Ÿnsect.

2021 Japan Supermarket Survey: Retailers See RTE and Private Label as Key to Maximizing Profits

Japanese retailers aim to increase the number of ready-to-eat (RTE) and private label products on shelves after identifying them as key categories to maximize profits.

This was one of the key findings of the 2021 Supermarket Statistical Survey recently released by the National Supermarket Association of Japan (NSAJ).

The survey is published annually, and in 2021 it was conducted through mail and online surveys.

This year’s survey found that Japanese supermarkets have significantly increased the number of ready-to-eat products – also known as “prepared meals” – over the past year, and intend to do the same next year. next, and that the potential earnings return for this category was higher than other categories.

“RTE Foods saw the highest rate of increase in SKUs by product category in 2021 at 23.8%, with its closest competitor being processed meat and meat products at nearly half that growth rate with 12.3%”, said the NSAJ via investigative documents.

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Time for a Change: AI Firm Targets Japan’s ‘Traditional’ Seafood Sector with Traceability Technology

Amid dire warnings for the future of Japan’s “traditional” seafood industry, a Canadian artificial intelligence company is looking to launch its traceability technology in the country after winning a coveted business competition.

Founded in 2017, ThisFish developed Tally to help digitize the seafood supply chain and bring more traceability and transparency to the global seafood industry.

The company has served customers in Canada, USA, Latin America, Philippines, Thailand and now wants to work with seafood processors in Japan processing popular products such as tuna and yellowfin tuna.

Japan is the second largest market for seafood products after the United States. Seafood is also a very important identity and culture of Japan“said Eric Enno Tamm, CEO and co-founder of ThisFish.

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