Bouquets of flowers are often placed in front of a new store to celebrate the opening. They are usually given by associated businesses.
In many areas, convenience stores are reaching saturation density. Thus the failure of this FamilyMart.
Posted by Food Science Japan at 17:44
Morinaga is trying to branch expand the dessert market. Specifically, it is trying to get more men interested in desserts by introducing a "men's sweets club" and a pudding aimed at men. These puddings were developed in collaboration with Dime Magazine (a popular marketing trends magazine) and Nifty (a larger Japanese internet provider and retailer). Offered in maple and salty caramel flavors, it seems heavier and less sweet than typical Japanese puddings.
Posted by Food Science Japan at 08:39
Japanese customers are accustomed to canned coffees, teas, etc. offered in hot and cold versions. Sometimes the same product can be used for either purpose, and other times the hot and cold versions of the product are different. This Meiji green tea in a brick pack was sold cold, but the top of the package shows that it can also be sold hot.
Posted by Food Science Japan at 01:25
Fermented vinegar has long been consumed in Japan as a health food. The mash is advertised as coming from Okinawa, but the company is in Hiroshima. It is black because it is fermented with black garlic. It is able to carry a health claim due to the vitamin B2 and B6 content. It is a bit pricey at 4,200 yen for 1.8 liters, but it is meant to be diluted with 5 to 7 parts cold water before drinking.