Agriculture

Case Study: Anja / SME / Looking for Distributors

Anja, spol. s r.o. – from SK

From its base in Bratislava, Slovakia, Anja deals with the manufacturing, trade and storage of agricultural products. With a growing presence in Asia, the company wanted to research the feasibility of establishing links with Japan. Moreover, they were keen on adapting Japanese management techniques in their expanding company.

About Biotechnology

Japan has one of the most developed biotechnology sectors in the world, as evidenced by the high number of patents filed. The number of bio venture start-ups peaked in 2013 and  several foreign firms are now trying to enter the market.

About Agroindustry

Japan has a severe shortage of arable land, covering only 11.6% of Japan’s total territory. The country’s self-sufficiency rate currently stands at 39%.

Agricultural Technology

Overall Japan has a shrinking agricultural sector, demonstrated by government data showing the number of full-time farmers at 1.7 million in 2014, declining from 2.2 million a decade earlier.

Biotechnology in Agriculture

Japan remains one of the world’s largest per-capita importers of food and feed produced using modern biotechnologies.

Organic Produce

The Japanese organic food market size for organic packaged food and beverages in Japan in 2017 is US$597.4mn, making it the 13th largest market in the world by value. Organic packaged food and beverages in Japan are expected to have a flat 0% growth in 2018.

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