2017-01-29

Haagen-Dazs Triple Chocolat

Haagen-Dazs will introduce a new decadent offering Feb 6th, the Triple Chocolat, which actually looks like a quadruple chocolate to me (two white chocolates, a bitter chocolate, and milk chocolate). When you open the cup there is a layer of white chocolate ice cream with chunks of white chocolate chips. When you scoop down, you make your way through a layer of bitter chocolate sauce on your way to a milk chocolate ice cream with a rich cacao flavor.
http://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp

Key Words: カカオ ハーゲンダッツ トリプルショコラ Haagen-Dazs Triple Chocolat

Photo is a web capture for explanatory purposes, copyright belongs to the company.

2017-01-21

Glico GABA Stress Fighting Chocolate

GABA, or gamma-amino butyric acid, is a component of chocolate that has been shown to have a stress reducing effect. This Glico product by the same name contains 280 mg of GABA per 100 g of product, and comes in milk chocolate and bitter chocolate varieties.

Possibly the more interesting point is that this product employs the relatively new food claim system in which a company takes responsibility for the claim instead of having it approved by the government. This was introduced to somewhat mimic the claim system in the US.

Therefore this product clearly claims psychological stress reduction, but then in small print points out that this claim has not been verified by the Japanese government.

Key words: Glico, GABA, chocolate, グリコ チョコレート ギャバ
http://cp.glico.jp/gaba/index.html

Photo is a web capture for explanatory purposes, copyright belongs to the company.

2017-01-20

Nestle Kumamoto Kumamon Tea KitKat

Nestle is selling a special green tea variety of KitKat only in Kyushu and Okinawa. Kumamon is the brand character created by Kumamoto Prefecture and free for use in any product that contains ingredients from Kumamoto. Since the earthquake in Kumamoto last year, it has become a symbol for support for people in that area.
https://nestle.jp

Key Words: Nestle, KitKat, Kumamoto Prefecture ネスレ キットカット くまもん くまもと茶 熊本県

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2017-01-16

KFC Shrimp Crispy Sticks

Styled after their chicken crisps, called "Colonel Crispies", KFC has introduced crispy shrimp sticks, called "Ebi Paripari Fry", which use natural (not farmed) shrimp.
http://www.kfc.co.jp

Key Words: KFC, Kentucky Fried Chicken, shrimp, えびパリパリフライ ケンタッキーフライドチキン

Photo is a web capture for explanatory purposes, copyright belongs to the company.

2017-01-15

PokkaSapporo Furano Lavender Tea

Pokka Sapporo is offering a lavender tea which uses lavender from the Furano area of Hokkaido. They stress that a special low temperature extraction process of the lavender-tea mixture avoids the bitter and astringent tastes that can otherwise accompany the process.
http://www.pokkasapporo-fb.jp

Key Words: Pokka Sapporo, Furano, Hokkaido, lavender, tea, ラベンダー, 茶, 富良野, 北海道

Photo is a web capture for explanatory purposes, copyright belongs to the company.

2017-01-14

Wendy's Brioche Burgers

Wendy's has introduced new premium burgers at premium prices: the brioche cheese and tomato burger (680 yen), and the brioche bistro beef stew burger (860 yen). Little explanation and no press release accompanies the introduction, but brioche refers to the bread and in one like of copy the burgers are said to have a buttery aroma for this winter special.
http://wendys.co.jp/

Key Words: Wendy's, brioche, burger, ブリオッシュ, ウェンディーズ

Photo is a web capture for explanatory purposes, copyright belongs to the company.

2017-01-13

Atsuta Shrine Nagoya Aichi Sake Producers



This is a photo of sake (or nihonshu) casks offered by the sake producers in Aichi Prefecture (only Aichi Prefecture) to Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya, one of the major shrines in Japan.

愛知県酒造組合 熱田神宮 日本酒

2017-01-12

KitKat Sake Flavor

This white chocolate KitKat version promises aroma of fine sake and clean aftertaste. This is a limited product, but is available throughout Japan.

Key Words: KitKat, Nestle, Sake, キットカット ネスレ 日本酒 ワイトチョコレート
https://d.nestle.jp/kitkat/

Photo is a web capture for explanatory purposes, copyright belongs to the company.

2016-10-10

Kirin Spring Valley Brewery

 This post took me in a different direction than originally intended. I started out thinking this was simply a case of a major brewer pretending to be a micro-brewer. The real story here is more about the interesting history of Kirin Beer, something I had forgotten.

On the grounds of its Yokohama Brewery, Kirin runs a microbrewery and restaurant called Spring Valley Brewery. Currently, there are seven varieties of beer on offer and the price per bottle averages 430 yen. These same beers are also available for sale on the internet. Getting this far, it looked to me that it was simply a case of one of the big guys muscling in on mom and pop microbrewery territory.

It is not quite that simple though. Spring Valley Brewery is actually the name of what Kirin calls the first brewery in Japan that was a business success. In 1869, William Copeland, a Norwegian-American brewer, made the shift from dairy to beer brewing and established Spring Valley Brewery in Yokohama. Copeland was at the forefront of employing what was then the new pasteurization technique. He also dug a 210 meter cave in the side of a hill in Yokohama in order to have a fixed temperature space for controlled beer maturation.

In 1885, with the help of famous Scottish trader Blake Thomas Glover, the business was sold to a group of Japanese investors which included the president of Mitsubishi. The new business, called The Japan Brewery, was founded and incorporated in Hong Kong. This was the forerunner of Kirin Brewery. Glover is buried in the Foreigner's Cemetery in Yokohama and his grave is maintained by Kirin.

So Spring Valley Brewery is a throwback to Kirin's roots, and the Copeland variety is named for the founder. Interesting history.

Key Words: Spring Valley Brewery, Kirin Beer, William Copeland ウィリアム・コープランド キリンビール スプリングバレーブルワリー
http://www.drinx.jp/beer/svb/about/

Photo is a web capture for explanatory purposes, copyright belongs to the company.

2016-10-09

Kirin Namacha Green Tea



Kirin touts a propitiatory method to be the secret behind the taste of its Namacha Tea. The process centers around the use of ceramic balls to crush the tea leaves. Typically, tea leaves are mechanically cut, but Kirin uses creamic balls and a ceramic ball mill to more finely cut the leaves and therefore more efficiently release tea extract essential to genuine tea taste. The complete presess consists of three steps: crushing the leaves with ceramic ball instead of cutting, pressing the resulting mass as a whole to extract all the flavor, and low temperature extraction to avoid any loss or change of flavor due to temperature.

The web page also makes a point of the completely green packaging, which is said to convey a more basic tea image.

Tea is an important product category in Japan, where even seemingly minor taste advanages can be very important

Key words: Kirin, Namucha, Tea, キリン 生茶

http://www.kirin.co.jp/products/softdrink/namacya

Photo is a web capture for explanatory purposes, copyright belongs to the company.