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House Foods aims to spread Japan's curry culture abroad

TOKYO -- In deciding to acquire control of Ichibanya, which operates the CoCo Ichibanya chain of curry restaurants, Japan's House Foods Group took a major step toward its ambitious goal of putting Japanese-style curry on the culinary map of the world.

     For House Foods, greater popularity of "curry rice" outside of Japan, where it is one of the nation's most beloved dishes, means bigger sales of its curry roux.

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