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Japan's food tech companies find fresh ways to extend shelf life

Tuna wrapped in mold keeps for 20 days while dried veggies last two years

A tuna is sliced at a Tokyo fish market. Prolonging shelf life through technology will reduce food waste. (Photo by Akiyoshi Inoue)

TOKYO -- Investors around the globe are hunting for companies that aim to solve the world's food problems with technology, and corporate efforts to reduce food waste offer a juicy opportunity.

Solutions developed in Japan include the use of mold to keep tuna fresh, as well as a sheet made from dried vegetables that can remain edible for two years. Interest in food tech has spiked following the success of Beyond Meat, a U.S. company that makes patties and sausages from soybeans and other plant-based ingredients. The business listed on the Nasdaq in May and now trades at triple its initial closing price.

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