Yo-Kai Express will provide labor-saving way to serve noodles in Japan and abroad
PALO ALTO, U.S. — Japan Tobacco and the operator of major Japanese ramen shop chain Ippudo are separately moving to sell ready-to-eat noodles through vending machines at home and abroad by joining with U.S. startup Yo-Kai Express.
Yo-Kai, a developer of vending machines, has entered into operational tie-ups with Japan’s largest cigarette maker and Chikaranomoto Holdings. The two Japanese companies have funded the startup through a private placement of new shares. The size of the injection and the shareholding ratios have not been disclosed.
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