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Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012

Disaster upped food stocks' variety


A wider variety of foods suitable for stockpiling has become available thanks to demand by people more conscious about preparing for disasters after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Options for such food used to be limited mainly to dry breads and biscuits, but manufacturers have developed long-life versions of products by redesigning their packages. They've also come up with more products safe for people with food allergies.

Nissin Food Products Co. has developed canned versions of its mainstay Chicken Ramen and Cup Noodle products with shelf lives of three years, compared with about six months for standard products with plastic packaging.

The unit of Nissin Foods Holdings Co. aims to sell 10,000 cans, priced at ¥630 each, on a test basis starting Saturday. It will use the results to decide whether to launch full-fledged sales.

Freeze-dried food maker Amano Jitsugyo Co. has released long-life instant miso soup, with prices starting at ¥147. Thanks to improved packaging to keep air out, the freshness date has been extended to 3½ years from one year for standard products.

House Foods Corp. and Ezaki Glico Co. have separately released curry products in retort pouches that don't necessarily have to be heated but still taste good.

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