Tapioca Imports rapidly increase in Kansai Tapioca drink outbreak on August 20 at 16:01
The Osaka Customs summary showed that imports in the Kansai region increased rapidly, and that the amount of tapioca imports in the first half exceeded 20 times the same period last year.
According to Osaka Customs, the import volume of tapioca from the first half of January to the end of June in 2 prefectures and 4 prefectures in the Kansai region was 633 tons.
This was 21.3 times the same period of the previous year (30 tons), well above the national average of 4.3 times.
Kansai's import volume was the highest in the past year, at 181 tons last year, but this means that it exceeded this amount at the end of April.
In the background, drinks that add tapioca to milk tea etc. may be gaining popularity among younger generations using SNS.
Taiwan imports the majority of the nation, and Kansai was all Taiwan.
Osaka Customs said that the import growth in Kansai is conspicuous: “There are large consumption areas in the area close to the port, and there are many stores that offer drinks. It is because the movement to do is spreading. "
As for the future, “the seller is expected to continue the tapioca boom by increasing the types of products that use tapioca”.