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12-09-2014

Customer seminar marks 40th anniversary of FOSS Japan

Analytical technology to support industry in tackling future challenges

FOSS Japan celebrated its 40th anniversary today with a customer seminar and a reception at the Danish embassy in Tokyo.

FOSS Chairman, Peter Foss, opened the seminar by welcoming the almost 100 guests, mentioning that this was his 23rd visit to Japan in 30 years. After touching on the FOSS values of innovation, quality and support he proceeded to confirm the commitment of FOSS to the dynamic Japanese food and agri sector in the decades ahead.

Many users of FOSS routine analytical solutions are from the raw milk and dairy industries. Close to 90% of all milk products produced in Japan are, at some stage through its journey from ‘Cow to Consumer’, in contact with a FOSS solution. Other users of FOSS equipment include animal feed and grain producers and laboratories. This range of applications for routine analytical technology was represented by presentations from FOSS customers on topics including the use of analytical equipment at Meiji milk factories, improvement of milk quality in the Tokachi region and usage of analytical equipment at Zennoh feed factories.

Support for a developing sector

General manager of FOSS Japan, Klaus Jacobsen said: “We felt it appropriate to celebrate with our customers and look ahead to how innovative analytical technology can support food and agriculture in the challenging years ahead. The government has set a goal to increase food self sufficiency, but at the same time agriculture is under pressure as the younger population continues to moves to the cities away from farming. This, combined with the structural changes expected from the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) and FTA (Free Trade Agreement) with Europe, is bound to influence the sector in the years to come. There is clearly much work to be done in defining the supply chains for a modern and efficient food and agri sector.”

Sharing knowledge

After the seminar the guests moved to the Danish Embassy. Danish Ambassador to Japan, H.E. Carsten Damsgaard, welcomed the guests pointing out that FOSS was among a group of the first Danish companies establishing subsidiary in Japan. “FOSS is a good example of Danish competencies within the food industry sector originating in Denmark’s agricultural roots, providing value added solutions from raw material to highly specialized end-user products,” he said.

“The first feed-back I have from many guests is that they enjoyed the day,” said Klaus Jacobsen. “It was a good mix of knowledge-sharing and relaxation with industry peers. For FOSS Japan it was an excellent opportunity to reflect on achievements while improving our interaction with opinion leaders.”

Contact: FOSS Japan General Manager, Klaus Jacobsen, k.jacobsen@foss.co.jp

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