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  • 2.6-THE MARKETS FOR COFFEE-JAPAN

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  • Japan

     
     

    Summary data 

    • Population: 127.2 million.  
    • Gross 2009 imports all forms were 7.087 million bags GBE million bags, of which:
    • Net Green bean 6.513 million bags. Main green bean suppliers: Brazil 28%, Colombia 20%, Vietnam 15%, Indonesia 13%, and Guatemala 9%.  
    • Estimated shares green bean imports: arabica 70%, robusta 28%, not specified 2%.  
    • Imports of roasted and soluble were 575,000 bags GBE  
    • 2009 re-exports of processed coffee were 123,000 bags GBE (113,000 bags of soluble ad 10,000 bags of roasted coffee) 
    • Per capita consumption in 2009:  3.36kg.  
    • Leading roasters (all forms of coffee) are Nestlé, Ajinomoto General Foods (AGF), UCC, KEY, ART (Mitsubishi Coffee), Tokyo Allied, Unicafe and Doutor, with the instant market entirely dominated by Nestlé and AGF.  
    • Imported soluble coffee of all forms accounts for 6 to 7% of gross imports, with Brazil as the major supplier (about 56% in 2009) followed by Colombia, Indonesia and Ecuador.  About a quarter of this is coffee extract, with or without sugar. 

     

    Japan: gross imports of all forms of coffee, Period 2004 – 2009
    (in thousands of bags GBE)
     

    Type 

    2004 

    2005 

    2006 

       2007 

    2008 

    2009 

    Total of which 

    7,269 

    7,511 

    7,642 

    7096 

    7,061 

    7,091 

    Green 

    6,683 

    6,888 

    7,045 

    6,497 

    6,459 

    6,516 

    Roasted 

         82 

         95 

         111 

    115 

        132 

       115 

    Soluble 

        331 

        337 

        322 

    307 

        340 

    321 

    Others 

        173 

        191 

        164 

    181 

        129 

    139 

    Source : All Japan Coffee Association

    Japan:  imports of soluble coffee and coffee extract 1995–2009 
    (in thousands of bags GBE)
     

     

    Instant 

    Extract with sugar 

    Extract without sugar 

    Total 

    2009 

    321 

    2 

    137 

    460 

    2008 

    340 

    2 

    127 

    469 

    2007 

    307 

    17 

    164 

    491 

    2006 

    322 

    10 

    154 

    487 

    2005 

    337 

    17 

    174 

    528 

    2004 

    331 

    15 

    158 

    504 

    2003 

    392 

    14 

    151 

    557 

    2002 

    397 

    22 

    180 

    569 

    1995 

    272 

    48 

    165 

    485 

    Source : All Japan Coffee Association