A Japanese fruit vendor has made a fortune selling fruit infused water, which uses the juice of a Japanese mango to make a sweet syrup.
“We were looking for an alternative to water when we first tried it,” said Koichi Koji, the owner of a fruit and vegetable market in Fukuoka.
He sells fruit infused with mango juice for about 300 yen (US$32).
“People who drink water don’t feel thirsty.
We didn’t want to use expensive water at all, and instead wanted to offer people a way to make their water taste better.”
The fruit infused product sells for about 250 yen ($21).
It can also be purchased from a kiosk in the city.
The sweet drink uses the juices of a large variety of fruits, including mangos, lemons, apricots, pomegranates and papaya.
It can be used for breakfast or as a snack.
The product is made with sweetened mango juice and water and has been tested in people with type 2 diabetes, a condition that causes excessive thirst and weight gain.
It has also been tested on animals and has shown promising results.
It is the first time a fruit infused beverage has been marketed in Japan, and Koji is confident it will sell well in the market.
He expects to see more companies trying the fruit infused drinks as more people try the product and see the health benefits.
“I am confident that we can grow the product,” he said.
This story was originally published by The Japan Times and is reproduced here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Koji Koji and Japan Times.