Coffee Industry Puzzled Over Slide In Japan Imports

Tokyo, Nov 9: | Updated: Nov 10 2003, 05:30am hrs
Japans imports of coffee beans and products are expected to fall this year after marking a record high for five consecutive years, but an industry official said on Thursday he had no immediate explanation for the slide. Recent data by MoF shows that Japans imports of green bean, roasted coffee, instant coffee and coffee extracts in the January-September period amounted to roughly 307,781 tonne.

That is down about 8.4 per cent from the same period last year. Imports of green, or unprocessed, coffee beans alone fell roughly 7.7 per cent to 289,139 tonne. At this rate, its hard to expect a recovery in the final three months (October-December), said Masao Yamashita, ED at the All Japan Coffee Association, a coffee roasters group.