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Ajinomoto unit grows coffee trees in Japan as consumption rises

Company hopes to sell one ton of beans by 2022

Ajinomoto AGF plans to start selling locally grown and made "Tokunoshima coffee" in 2022. (Photo courtesy of Ajinomoto AGF)

TOKYO -- Japan has traditionally relied on coffee imports, but a steady rise in consumption has led one company to start growing the crop domestically in the hope of selling the beans for use in a premium version of the beverage.

Ajinomoto AGF, a subsidiary of Japanese food giant Ajinomoto, plans to sell one ton of the first homegrown beans in 2022.

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