2022 to October 2023. The cumulative value point index (PI) for this period shows a 0.9% year-over-year increase, reaching 1,018 yen, while the quantity PI experiences a 5.2% decrease, settling at 3.3. Delving into monthly fluctuations, February, March, and the summer months of August and September in 2023 dip below the previous year, but the other months showcase a resilient performance. May, in particular, shines with an impressive 7.5% year-over-year surge.

The dry fruits category spans a diverse array, including raisins, prunes, figs, citrus fruits, and berries. Similar to nuts like almonds and walnuts, many of these offerings are imported, contributing to the global allure of this market segment. Among dry fruits, raisins, commonly used in bread and confectionery, dominate the market with their overwhelming market share. However, in the realm of ready-to-eat options, prunes take the lead.

Prunes boast a myriad of health benefits, containing Vitamin A for skin and mucous membrane health, Vitamin K for bone formation, Vitamin B group for metabolism, Vitamin E for cell protection, along with potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and dietary fiber. Notably, prunes are a low glycemic index (GI) food, making them an appealing choice for those seeking foods with minimal impact on blood sugar levels.

Source: DIAMOND Chain store 2023/12/28.