May 2011

Sake Situation - Ramifications of A Disrupted Sake Market

Posted by Beau Timken in 2011, May, Newsletter
This is a very difficult section to write about as the "situation" changes on a daily basis. For example I just heard today that one of our major importers sent a container from Yokohama that was filled with only sakes from prefectures that the FDA has called into question, and that container was stopped and held. It has not been released after 6 days. Whereas another container of sakes from non- troubled regions was accepted and cleared in the same manner as before the disaster. It's totally fluid.

But rather than reinvent the wheel here I have decided to link you to an article written by a True Sake pal - Melinda Joe - for the Japan Times. This piece is the most recent and accurate portrayal of what the current condition actually is within the industry. But I must stress it could all change tomorrow. Or the day after!

Sake fights fallout of Japan's triple disaster »

In the meantime we have a lot of great sakes. Our importers and distributors all have various tales to tell, but the overall impression that we are hearing is that enough product is getting through and it's almost business as usual. I think the update in the June issue of the True Sake Newsletter will be more telling. So stay tuned!

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