(Hokkaido Region) Mission Dispatch Program: Iceland Technology Development Exchange: Developing new dairy products to revitalize economy and industry in Hokkaido (FY2008)
The goal of this mission was to develop new dairy products suitable to Japanese consumer tastes by utilizing skim milk and whey that are residually produced during the manufacturing process for milk products. The mission was dispatched to Iceland to investigate the possibility of adopting Icelandic dairy product manufacturing technologies in Hokkaido. Participants visited Icelandic companies that produce milk products and relevant organizations where they engaged in an exchange of ideas about manufacturing methods for various dairy products and the prospect of introducing technologies to Hokkaido companies.
Dates: September 1 (Monday) - 7 (Sunday), 2008
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Co-organized by: Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Iceland Embassy in Japan, Hokkaido Trade Information Center Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Hokkaido Food Processing Research Center
-Hideyuki Nagasawa (President, Obihiro University of Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine)
-Yoshinori Nagata (Deputy Director General, Hokkaido Food Processing Research Center)
-Makoto Kawakami (Supervisor, Livestock Product Section, Hokkaido Food Processing Research Center)
-Toshio Sato (CEO, Managing Director, Betsukai Nyugyo Kousha Co., Ltd.)
-Takuma Kameda (Associate Plant Manager, Naganuma Ice Co., Ltd.)
-Yoshinori Okada (Senior Managing Director, Obihiro Shinkin Bank)
-Kiyoshi Yamaguchi (Director, Administration Bureau, Obihiro University of Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine)
-Tadashi Nakamura (Senior Assistant Professor, Obihiro University of Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine)
-Hokkaido METI, 1 person
-IIST, 1 person
-MS Iceland Dairies Head Office and tour skyr plant
-Embassy of Japan
-Icelandic Ministry of Agriculture,Forestry and Fisheries
-Icelandic Farmer’s Association
-Icelandic Trade Council
-MS Iceland Dairies mysa, mysuostur plant
-Icelandic Food Research Center
-Tour dairy husbandry
-Agricultural University of Iceland
(1)Mission members visited the Head Office of MS Iceland Dairies, a major manufacturer and seller of dairy products. An executive employee briefed the visitors on the company’s background and explained production, sales, and current product consumption and exports. The participants also toured 2 plants that produce different dairy products and listened to a technician talk about manufacturing plant and technical matters related to skyr.
(2)In addition to learning about dairy product manufacturing, participants also paid a visit to agricultural organizations to gather information from a wide range of fields, including agricultural administration, animal husbandry and product research in Iceland.
The mission members were able to directly obtain information from local experts and relevant individuals on a broad range of topics, including dairy product manufacturing and the production/sales/consumer consumption of milk products. The mission proved a success. The examination and research conducted on the possibility of adopting technologies related to skyr resulted in a positive outcome. In November, an informational seminar was scheduled to be held on the plausibility of adopting those technologies.
International Exchange Dept.