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Food Products Department
 Creating Japan’s food culture.
Pioneer in the import of meat.
Importing beef and chicken from around the world based on a wealth of experience and a strong track record over 40 years.
 
Taiyo Bussan was the first company in Japan to develop and import mutton and sheep casing from New Zealand and Australia, which we then sold to the ham and sausage industry. This was how we began importing meat, and the history of the company may be said to be synonymous with the history of meat imports into Japan.
 
[Pioneer in the import of beef]
Taiyo Bussan is regarded as a pioneer in the imported beef industry, with our beef business dating back to the time when beef was a commodity subject to import quotas. The expertise gained through this long experience combined with a strong global network established on a firm foundation of trust have made us one of the leading importers of beef.
 
[Importing chicken and pork through global purchasing network]
We import chicken from all four of the world’s major chicken producing countries: China, Thailand, Brazil, and the USA. Pork is also imported from countries such as Mexico and Canada. Taiyo Bussan has a wealth of experience and a strong track record in importing chicken, holding a leading market share in Japan. Further, our production areas and contract processing plants are distributed throughout the world, which allows us to maintain a stable supply of products by multi-sourcing from different regions.
 
[Endeavoring to ensure the safety and security of meat imports]
In recent years, the environment surrounding the meat industry has seen various changes as a result of setbacks such as BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy), avian flu, and false food labeling, and consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about safety. We are taking active measures to ensure the safety and integrity of the meat we supply, for example by collaborating with local dealers in Australia, which has introduced the latest traceability system. Taiyo Bussan will continue to supply products with high added value that are safe while at the same time meeting the needs of consumers.
 
New Business Department
 Opening up new markets, developing new products
Supplying products that meet the needs of the China and Southeast Asia market
The New Business Department develops future-oriented products and cultivates new demand by closely monitoring changes in economic conditions and business models, market changes, diverse needs, and other pertinent factors, and responding flexibly. The challenges the New Business Department faces are to supply China with the equipment and materials it requires to improve its local and industrial infrastructure, to open up the Southeast Asia market, and to cultivate new commodities.
 
[Trade with China]
The upgrade of the industrial structure and the improvement of living standards have become an overriding imperative for China, and construction work is booming all over the country. We are exporting a wide range of equipment for use in this construction and upgrade. This includes vehicles such as automobiles, trucks, buses, and specially-equipped vehicles, civil engineering and construction machinery such as wheel loaders and crawler cranes, and port facilities and industrial machinery. We also have a good track record in a wide range of automobile-related products and are trading engine and chassis components as well as automobile parts.
 
[Developing new commodities]
As well as opening up new markets, users have come to have unwavering confidence in the semiconductor inspection equipment that we have been focusing on as a new commodity. In addition, we are also introducing Japanese environmental devices to help deal with air and water pollution in China that is being exacerbated by economic growth.
 
New Business Department Processed Food Team
 Providing support for the consumers of today
Processed foods are essential for modern life. We endeavor to propose, develop, manufacture, and supply products based on the needs of our customers.
 
[Processed food]
Processed foods are essential in the lives of people today, and have resulted in changing and more diversified consumer preferences. The Processed Food Team makes it possible to respond swiftly to the needs of the user and by extension, to the needs of our consumers.
 
As far as processed foods are concerned, we are well equipped to propose and develop new products based on various livestock products (pork, chicken, beef) that enable us to respond swiftly to rapid changes in food preferences. For example, in Europe and America the preference is for very lean pork, whereas Japanese people prefer a degree of marbling. So the processing plant operated by our partner company processes pork in the way that is most suitable for Japan, which allows us to supply pork that suits the Japanese taste. In the case of chicken, we supply processed foods manufactured in China and Thailand that are seasoned to suit the taste of the Japanese in cooperation with our partner companies who possess world-class processing technology and a wealth of experience.
 
Living Materials Department
  Providing food products from the perspective of consumers
This department was set up with the aim of handling familiar commodities from the perspective of consumers. With the recent organizational change, we will strengthen sales to retail outlets, including supermarkets and mass merchandise outlets in particular, supplying foodstuffs and food products that are different from those for manufacturers or wholesalers.
 
We will commence new initiatives that utilize the expertise and networks that we have built up, not only providing delicious foodstuffs procured from overseas, but also processed foods that have undergone primary or secondary processing overseas, single serve packs, special catering-size packs, and so forth.
 
[Pork produced in Mexico]
Pork produced in Mexico has the tender flesh that Japanese people prefer, a flavor that goes well with Japanese-style food, and the superb characteristics that satisfy the palate and the texture preferred by the Japanese. The reason that pork produced in Mexico is considered to be so tasty is because the fat is tasty. People in Japan determine whether or not meat is delicious not only by how tender the meat itself is, but by the flavor of the fat. This is the likely reason for the preference of apanese people for marbled beef.
 
Mexican pork is characterized by extensive marbling, and the secret of its flavor lies in Mexico’s fertile earth and abundant environment. The land where Mexican pork is raised is a major wheat-producing region. Mexican pork that is raised in a healthy environment is characterized by good quality flesh, white fat, and lean tissue with a unique pinkish hue.
 
The majority of Mexican pork exports are to Japan, and the origin of the pork produced in Mexico for export to Japan is certified by the Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases Control Law as being an area free of hog cholera, as well being one of three out of five states that have received both Japanese and Mexican government clearance, namely Sonora, Yucatán, and Sinaloa. Sonora, located in Northwest Mexico, is characterized by a dry climate. Contrary to its popular image as a desert region, thanks to underground water veins created by meltwater from the Sierra Madre mountain range Sonora is able to ensure an abundant source of water that is indispensable for pig breeding, and allows grain production to flourish, including wheat that provides feed for the pigs.
 
Arid regions are natural environments where it is difficult for pathogens to emerge, so they are less vulnerable to the outbreak of pig diseases. In addition, Sonora is surrounded on all four sides by mountains or ocean, which prevents pathogens invading from the outside. Further, the state/Sonora is preventing the incursion of animal infectious diseases from contaminated regions by rigorously monitoring deliveries of livestock, meat, and processed meat products from overseas and other states.
 
The main pig farms are located in rural areas far away from urban districts, and a rigorous epidemic prevention system is enforced that includes severely restricted access by people and vehicles, creating an ideal environment for pig farming and production. Also, a system is in place that prohibits export to Japan unless facilities that breed pigs and produce pork meet strict standards (TIF) laid down by Mexico’s federal government. These standards are considered to be as strict as or even stricter than international standards.
 
Taiyo Bussan has been trading with Mexico for almost 30 years, meeting the demands of our customers by importing and selling pork that has been enhanced to suit the taste of the Japanese. We cooperate with local factories in planning, development, and production, in order to supply products that offer optimal taste and flavor.