New-to-Japan Residents: Non-Japanese Ingredients and Buyers Club

new-to-japan residents: If the local supermarket doesn't stock it, there's a good chance it can be found and ordered online, according to The Japan Times. Because it's become so easy to find these things, maybe the closing of Foreign Buyers' Club FBC on Dec. 5 didn't hit the international community quite as hard as it once might have. Today, non-Japanese ingredients are available at most supermarkets, and peanut butter is sitting right there on the shelf. Many new-to-Japan residents might never have heard of a company that, for decades, was the only way to get Honey Nut Cheerios, Kraft Mac & Cheese and many other staples of a life left behind. ; Food and family Chuck right and Kelly Grafft, the founders of Foreign Buyers' Club COURTESY OF CHUCK GRAFFT In 1988, an American couple in Kobe, Chuck and Kelly Grafft, began looking for a better way to import their favorites from home. As Chuck says, we never sold things, we were buyers for our friends and family. Friends caught wind of their efforts, asking to join, and FBC was born. ( As reported in the news.

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