What does “FOOD” mean to Sojitz?
Bringing Delicious Food to Your Table
To provide a steady supply of food for Japan, Sojitz procures a wide variety of products from abroad, including grain, meat, and aquaculture products.
When it comes to wheat, for example, Japan must rely on overseas sources for 85% of its wheat supply. To meet this demand, Sojitz imports wheat from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and other countries. This wheat is then supplied to Japanese flour, bread, and noodle companies.
Outside of Japan, Sojitz also supplies wheat to Indonesia. We have invested in the country’s largest packaged bread company, through which we sell bread under the “Sari Roti” brand.
As quality of life continues to improve in many countries, the diets of their peoples have shifted to include more meat products. Sojitz handles corn and soybeans which can be used as feed for livestock, and is also involved in cultivation and production of these feeds in South America. Additionally, we have set up warehouses and grain terminals to achieve more efficient distribution when exporting these feeds to other countries. Sojitz imports meat to Japan as well, while providing feed for livestock in Vietnam and Cambodia.
In Southeast Asia, Sojitz helps the region’s booming agricultural sector by developing fertilizers which now claim a whopping 30% – 40% of the market in Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
“Sojitzers” Around the World
Freshness is the most important determiner of taste, but in some places, refrigerators or freezers are still not widely used. Sojitz is building a logistics network in Southeast Asia, encompassing countries such as Vietnam and Myanmar, which utilizes advanced Japanese technologies to achieve three-temperature logistics warehouses (accommodating freezing, cold, and room temperatures). Sojitz is also the first major trading company to start a tuna fishery in Takashima, Nagasaki. By making various refinements to the tuna fishing process, we are able to provide safe and tasty bluefin tuna. We also import other marine products from overseas, such as octopus, shrimp, and shellfish, and manage a salmon flake factory in Japan.
Another Sojitz business involves vegetable cultivation on a farm near Tokyo. These vegetables are then sold to supermarkets in Japan. Additionally, we handle biscuits, snack foods, sugar, coffee, chocolate, and cooking oils. Sojitz employees venture to places as far away as Kenya to buy coffee beans, traveling around the world to bring new flavors to Japan.
Sojitz is involved in chocolate too, importing luxury chocolate from Belgium for use by famous Japanese pastry chefs.