Nestlé opens factory in Japan to sate taste for exotically flavoured versions of the venerable chocolate wafer, such as edamame bean or cherry blossom

In Britain the number of flavours available to KitKat fans can be counted on the fingers of two hands. In Japan the varieties on sale at any given time stretches to dozens, including purple sweet potato, edamame bean and wasabi, and owner Nestlé is opening a new factory to cater to demand.

Opening on Tuesday in the western city of Himeji, the first new KitKat factory to open in Japan in 26 years will specialise in producing small quantities of a wide variety of premium versions of the snack, including strawberry and maple as well as pistachio and raspberry combinations.

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