Growing Regional Demand Drives Production Of Halal Japanese Sugar

Friday, January 19th, 2018 | 1285 Views

Mitsui Sugar Co is due to start production of halal sugar to cater to rising demand from restaurants and seasoning firms.

Tokyo-based company, Mitsui Sugar Co, is gearing up to meet the regional demand of halal sugar, following the dip in domestic demand in Japan. The decline is due to an overall societal understanding of the harmful effects of sugar, posits a according to a statement released by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Consumers are now armed with better health knowledge and consciousness, thus resulting in the falling consumption of sugar.

Despite this domestic decline, the growing number of Muslim tourists and visitors to Japan has highlighted a need for more halal-friendly options at food service establishments and supermarkets. Regional demand for halal sugar has also risen. Thus, more Japanese food firms and manufacturers have taken note of this trend and are working towards making their processes halal-certified.

One step that the Tokyo-based company is taking to comply with Islamic dietary regulations and laws is to eliminate bone char from animals in its sugar production process (bone char is used to eliminate impurities from sugar). Instead, the company will now use a filtration method with activated charcoal instead. Not only does this new process allow access to a new halal market in the region, it also helps the company cut costs of up to $900,000 per year, due to a reduction in water and electricity costs through the new filtration method.

Read more about halal Japanese sugar here.


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