Mizkan’s story began more than 200 years ago in 1804 with an innovative sake brewer from Handa, Matazaemon I, who started experimenting making vinegar with the lees left over from sake brewing. Matazaemon I saw that convenient meals of soba, sushi and tempura were extremely popular in Edo (modern-day Tokyo) and he realised that sake vinegar sweet and rich in umami complemented sushi rice and their toppings better than the traditional rice vinegar.
In 1811, Matazaemon I’s sake vinegar was so popular he opened an operation plant in Handa, thus establishing Mizkan’s vinegar for the long term. Since then, Mizkan has continued to grow its food business, vinegar and beyond, with the aim to enrich food culture “bringing flavour to life”, and to provide quality nourishment to consumers
Nowadays, Mizkan is one of the largest privately-owned global food companies and the number one vinegar company in Japan, with operations across America, Europe and Asia.
As a leading manufacturer of seasonings and condiments Mizkan pledges to:
“Evoke social changes through new taste experiences” - Positively impacting society through food, as Mizkan has from the start of our journey.
“Act for the well-being of the earth, society, and all that dwell on it” - Dedicating ourselves to becoming more sustainable and nourishing the earth from which our original vinegar was created.
The Mizkan Product range varies from 275ML to 1000L IBC, Come and visit our stand to find out more!