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Food & Beverage

Understaffed Japan's food sector loses taste for next-day delivery

Suntory, Nissin and others extend shipments in blow to lean inventories

A Tokyo supermarket: Keeping Japan's store shelves stock imposes a heavy burden on an understaffed logistics sector. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- At least 20 of Japan's biggest food and beverage companies are ending next-day deliveries to wholesalers, Nikkei has learned, as the sector seeks a more sustainable approach to logistics.

Companies including Cup Noodles maker Nissin Foods Holdings, Ajinomoto and Suntory Beverage & Food are shifting toward delivering wholesale orders in two days rather than on the next day.

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