Sustainability

R&D that supports plant-based food solutions

Basic approach

The mission of the Fuji Oil Group's R&D team is to create the next-generation businesses, which will become its next revenue pillars by pursuing technological innovation, with a view to realizing a sustainable society and achieving the Group's sustainable growth.
We conduct R&D initiatives and draw up strategies to deepen and develop existing businesses and commercialize new businesses. Wealso investigate research fields for the future and build a joint research framework for open innovation.

Innovation strategy to provide solutions to social issues

The Fuji Oil Group promotes research and development to solve problems (solutions) through products, by going through the process of identifying social issues (needs) and matching those needs with our own technologies (seeds).

Research Structure to Create the Future of Food

The Fuji Oil Group's research and development themes are diverse, ranging from basic research to development of ingredients, applications and engineering. Through relentless research and development, we believe we can continuously give rise to new technologies and innovative new ingredients, whichwill solve various dietary challenges to create the future of food.
We aim at generating new technological innovations by fusing knowledge and technology from inside and outside the Group. In the summer of 2016 we established the Fuji Science & Innovation Center, which, together with the Tsukuba Research & Development Center and the Asia R&D Center. forms a tripolar global research and development structure . With these facilities as our research hubs, we are accelerating the fusion of knowledge and technology, through regular study sessions such as technology exchange meetings, and information exchange via video conferencing.

Global research facilities and FUJISUNNY PLAZA locations

Global research facilities and FUJISUNNY PLAZA locations

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Facility Functions
Fuji Science & Innovation Center Undertakes the development of food ingredients in response to what customers want and need as the focal point for fusing knowledge from inside and outside the Fuji Oil Group.
Tsukuba Research & Development Center Conducts application development that matches what customers want and need, and basic research, whichleads to enhancement of technologies and to delicious, healthy foods.
Asia R&D Center Drawing on our store of know-how in ingredient development in Japan, the Asia R&D Center in Singapore pursues the development of food ingredients to meet the desires and needs of markets in Asia.
FUJISUNNY PLAZAs Conduct joint trial manufacturing and joint development at eight locations worldwide, including Tokyo, to serve as venues for co-creation with our customers.

Open Innovation

The Fuji Oil Group actively implements open innovation (co-creation) and applies the technologies and knowledge gained through its open innovation activities to its research and development, in order to promote speedy and competitive research and development and accurately meet diversifying customer needs.
With the aim of expanding the market for plant-based food (PBF), we are promoting various co-creation projects, including menu development in cooperation with convenience stores, and joint research with universities to improve R&D efficiency using artificial intelligence (AI).
In February 2019, our dementia prevention project implemented in collaboration with Osaka Kawasaki Rehabilitation University (Kaizuka City) received the highest award (the Governor's Award) at the Fourth Osaka Prefecture Health Promotion Awards. Our project obtained results indicating the effectiveness of combining exercise designed for the elderly with Peptide Athleator (our soy peptide beverage product) in improving elderly people's cognitive function. The award was in recognition of our activities and achievements in promoting health.

Data

Research and Development Expenses

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FY 2018 total research and development expenses: 4,758 million yen

Cumulative Number of Patents Acquired

Cumulative Number of Patents Acquired

Note: Number of patents acquired by Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. and Fuji Oil Holdings (cumulative total of domestic and overseas patents registered since 1950)
*Cumulative figures for Fuji Oi Holdings and Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. since 1950.
*Figures were adjusted by changing the counting method to the year of registration basis.

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