Rilakkuma did the shopping this week for Conbini Monday, and I can warn you now, he went wild!!
Trendy Magazine, in their latest July 2009 edition, are highlighting a number of products that have become hit products in the first half of the year. One of these is a caramel candy made by Kabaya. I couldn’t find any at the local ampm, but I did see a row of empty shelves. Either they were getting ready for new stock or they had all sold out.
The product was put out as a test product with Lawson initially and sold out immediately. It then was distributed to convenience stores throughout Japan in April and supermarkets in May where it continued to be a top seller. Looks like it is a hard to get item.
Not wanting to miss out, other manufacturers have started to sell their brand of caramel sweets. The packaging of this brand was a bit dull, but the caramel were very soft. The map of Hokkaido in the top right is always a good sign for quality.
These caramel sweets are all from Hokkaido and have different tastes including butter caramel, potato caramel, red bean paste, azuki, caramel and corn caramel. You can see the empty shelf below where I presume some other caramel product might have been.
Leaving the caramel aside, I found these two great ideas from McVities which is selling its Digestive Biscuit range in convenience stores in small bite size packets. The two flavors here are much more interesting than the traditional type of biscuit. We have Mango & Orange, which tasted really good, and Green Tea Biscuits, which were not quite as good.
Calpis always seems to have out some sort of variation on its main product. At the moment they are selling this season limited, Pineapple soft candy, as well as the plain calpis candy. There are quite a variety of Calpis drinks out at the moment as well with some Premium Calpis blends.
I don’t know who came up with the following product idea, but it is certainly different. UHA Mikakuto is selling these products called Ninja meshi. These hard gumi are said to be part of the Ninja diet, with flavors of ume and mango. The candy are rock hard so be careful. Not sure whether they got permission to use a likeness of the Miyazaki Governor Higashikokubara, but it certainly looks real.
The Governor of Miyazaki has been willing to lend his name and likeness to many products from the region to try and promote produce from Miyazaki.