JAPAN - Imported beef consumption in Japan in September rose by 18 per cent compared to the corresponding month last year, at 45,198 tonnes (boneless equivalent), driven by strengthening beef demand.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia, domestic beef consumption also increased by five per cent, at 29,134 tonnes over the same period the supply and demand data from Japan’s Agriculture and Livestock Industries Corporation shows.
According to Japan Chain Stores Association, livestock product sales were reportedly strong for the month, up 108 per cent compared to the same time in 2013, boosted by very good demand from consumers, despite a dearer market and higher prices.
The foodservice sector in September registered strong growth for yakiniku (Japanese/Korean style barbecue) restaurants, up eight per cent year-on-year, despite overall foodservice sales back two per cent over the same period.
Sales for Japanese style fast food (gyudon rice bowl) were six per cent higher than last year, while dinner restaurant sales also strengthened, up four per cent year-on-year. Interestingly, western style family restaurant sales eased slightly (one per cent) compared with September 2013 (data by Japan Foodservice Association).
For the first nine months of the year, imported beef consumption in Japan totalled 386,670 tonnes (boneless equivalent), up five per cent from the same period last year and accounted for 61 per cent of total beef demand for the period – two per cent more share than the same time in 2013.
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