A History of Pursuing Food Safety and Security
Meiko Foods Corporation has its roots in the single-head bonito fishing industry that dates back to the Edo period. The corporate spirit of single-line bonito fishing that protects the quality and environment, which was recognized by the MSC fishery certification, and the patents for the production methods of straw-roasted tataki and garlic steak, are the tangible and intangible assets that have been cultivated during the Tosa Bonito Fisheries era, and which Meihiro Foods has inherited to deliver safe and secure food products.
History of Meiko Foods Corporation and Hiroyuki Myojin
|Born as the third son of Kameji Myojin
|Established the processing division of Myojin Suisan Co.
|The single bonito straw-roasted tataki business achieved 2 billion yen in sales.
|Dismissed and retired from Myojin Suisan Co.
|Establishes Tosa Katsuo Suisan Co.
|Opened a fish processing plant in Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Supplies straw-roasted tataki to Daiei
|Sales of 180 million yen in 1997
|“Straw-roasted bonito tataki” process patented internationally.
|Tuna bowl product developed and sold to co-ops nationwide
|Obtains MSC fishery certification, the first in the world. Obtained MSC Fishery Certification for single-line bonito fishing.
Exhibited at the Boston Seafood Show in the U.S.
|Garlic steak manufacturing process patent application filed.
|Started MSC canned bonito export business plan with ITOCHU Corporation for Europe and the U.S. (10,000 tons/year, 10,000 tons/year, 10,000 tons/year)
(10,000 tons per year, annual sales of 5 billion yen)
|Senior Managing Director Hirotoshi Myojin passes away.
|“MSC Bonito Garlic Steak” developed by Hirotoshi Myojin, Senior Managing Director, receives the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award.
|FY2010 sales amount: 4.93 billion yen
Sales to: Japan Consumers’ Co-operative Union, Ito-Yo Card, Aeon, mass merchandisers nationwide, Marubeni, ITOCHU, etc.
|2011: The Sanriku Earthquake occurred on the day the contract for manufacturing MSC canned bonito was concluded at Kesennuma Canning, an affiliate of ITOCHU Corporation. All facilities related to Kesennuma were destroyed, destroying the canning business.
|Tosa Katsuo Suisan Co., Ltd. goes out of business due to difficulties in selling single-head bonito.
|Establishment of Meiko Foods Co.
|Garlic Steak Manufacturing Method International Patent Published Garlic Steak Manufacturing Method International Patent Published
|Garlic Steak method introduced at Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP).
|Lecture on the development of Vietnamese Pangasius high value-added products at the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP)
|Applied for “numerical value limited patent” for gel strength of Vietnamese Pangasius Surimi.
|Patent for Vietnamese Pangasius “Kabayaki manufacturing method” filed and production started in Japan.
|“Pangasius Kabayaki” foreign application filed in Vietnam, China, USA -> currently under examination in each country.
|Patent registered for “Method and apparatus for manufacturing fish paste products”
|Subsidy for SMEs Intellectual Property Activity Support Project in 2017 (“Pangasius Garlic Steak”) adopted
Pangasius” for companies expanding overseas of the policy of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency and the National Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Garlic Steak” products for overseas sales. Support subsidy funds totaling 500,000 yen
|HP&S President Sam Dzanki tasting and sales in Hawaii
In the U.S. sales field, Japanese food products were sold at more than twice the price of Chinese food products.
|Adopted for the FY 2018 Foreign Application Support Project for Small and Medium Enterprises, etc. (Patent for “Pangasius Surimi”)
Funds to support foreign (Vietnam, China, U.S.) patent application expenses for “Pangasius Surimi” for companies expanding overseas under the policy of MITI, totaling 1.2 million yen.
|2018 SME Intellectual Property Activity Support Project Subsidy (“Pangasius Surimi”) adopted.
The subsidy funds to support overseas sales of “Pangasius Surimi” products for companies expanding overseas under the policy of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency and the National Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry.
|GOTJapan Corporation President Takeda begins business with the company.
|HUNG CA “Pangasius Skinless Fillet” Start of transactions
|Adopted for the FY 2019 Foreign Application Support Project for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (“Pangasius Kabayaki”) Pangasius Kabayaki” patent)
Funds to support foreign (to Vietnam, China, and the U.S.) patent application expenses for “Pangasius Kabayaki” for companies expanding overseas under the policy of MITI totaling 1.2 million yen.
|Subsidy for SMEs Intellectual Property Activity Support Project in 2019 (“Pangasius Kabayaki”) Pangasius Kabayaki”) adopted.
The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency and the National Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry policy for companies that are expanding their business overseas. Pangasius Kabayaki” products for overseas The total amount of the subsidy is 500,000 yen.
|Applied for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ “Emergency Project for Establishment of Facilities for HACCP, etc. for Export”.
As part of the support policy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to promote the export of Japanese food products to foreign countries, financial assistance for the renovation and establishment of a new factory to meet the standards for export to foreign countries.
|Oct. 2020 Confidentiality agreement and technical guidance signed with two Vietnamese companies regarding “Pangasius Surimi” production method. Contract signed with two Vietnamese companies for “Pangasius surimi” production method.
|Started manufacturing “Pangasius Surimi” with Vietnamese companies using patented technology.
|Import and sales of “Pangasius Surimi” from Vietnam begin.
|2021 February 12, 2021 “Pangasius Kabayaki” manufacturing method passes initial examination in China. Pangasius Kabayaki” passed China’s preliminary examination.
|Obtained COC certification for ASC aquaculture fishery certification and MSC fishery certification
|ASC aquaculture fishery certification Completed trial production of crab cakes