01Food producers from every region of Japan hand out samples
02At Fuji Electric greens grow hydroponically
03Toshiba’s cash register
04Eager sales people
05Olive oil display
06A tasting bar for locally made alcoholic drinks
07Food producers lure conference-goers with cookery demonstrations
08Handouts of bacon and sausages from Fukushima prefecture
09A meat company serves up fried steaks
10JR East Water Business’s intelligent vending machine
Treasure aisles: Highlights of the show
Teraoka and Toshiba’s cash registers are contenders for best in show. Both companies split the machine into two: cashiers scan at one station but shoppers pay at separate self-service machines, so someone fishing around in a purse for exact change won’t hold up the queue.
Most supermarkets carry a familiar selection of leafy greens and root vegetables. But a group of Japanese growers, called the Society to Protect Traditional Vegetables, specialises in native varietals such as pale-orange Aizu pumpkins from Fukushima.
“Kodawari” food fair
The tightly packed booths, a jumble of products and endless free samples give this area the air of a chaotic outdoor market. Offerings are unusual – one favourite was a kabosu-flavoured tofu ice cream from Oita.
Cleantech is the focus of Fuji Electric’s supermarket of the future. Solar panels and wind turbines generate electricity, charging stations refuel electric cars.
Smart vending machines
JR East Water Business introduced the first of its touch-screen vending machines at train stations in Tokyo last August. Designed in collaboration with Design Studio S, these sense your approach, guess your age and sex, and then recommend drinks.