HONORABLE MENTION: The Japan Craft Cart Association (JCCA) has announced that the nation’s craft food trucks have already received more than $6.5 billion in government subsidies, including a $5.3 billion investment in the 2020-2022 fiscal year.
The announcement, made Monday, was made at the start of a two-day JCCA conference in Yokohama.
It is the latest in a series of announcements from the Japanese government to help bolster the countrys craft food sector.
The JCCAs mission is to promote food production, marketing, and distribution through the use of technology, education, and partnerships with industry and non-profits.
According to a press release, the new government investment will help expand the country’s production of and distribution of high-quality, locally sourced, sustainable, and nutritious food products, while improving public health and safety.
The government will also help boost the sector’s competitiveness through incentives for innovative products and technologies.
The JCPAs goal is to create an industry that is more efficient, competitive, and environmentally friendly.
The JCCa has received more $1.1 billion in public support in the last five years.
In October, the government announced that it would be increasing subsidies for the nations food truck industry from $4 billion in 2020-21 to $6 to $7 billion in 2021-22.
In the first half of 2018, Japan received nearly $2 billion in federal and state aid.
The new investment, however, is only expected to increase the country s food truck subsidy.