Creating a prosperous future around food, from production to consumption, together with our customers
About SC Foods
SC Foods is a group of food professionals proudly supplying safe, secure and high quality food products. We develop and trade livestock and food products from around the world. Our activity includes product development, production site selection, procurement, manufacturing management, and coordination of logistics and distribution.
We define our core competence as the following: “commitment to food safety and security”, “enthusiasm to product development”, “global network of Sumitomo Corporation”, and “integration of food supply chain”. We interactively connect consumers and producers to propose to our customers new ways of processing, delivering and presentation of food.
Our product lineup ranges from Turkish processed vegetables to Italian fruit juice, Peruvian seafood to American beef and pork. As an exclusive supply agency of Iowa Premium in Japan, we import black angus Iowa Premium Beef to a wide range of customers from mass retailers to restaurants. We also import Australian rice to meet the growing demand of the Japanese retail sector.
As the domestic market for primary processed meat products is expected to expand against a backdrop of chronic labor shortages, we opened the Kawasaki Shiohama Process Center in December 2018 in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. This Process Center achieves high-speed automation through the use of state-of-the-art processing lines for meat and seasoning that are operated under comprehensive safety management. The center operates 365 days a year, making this system capable of accommodating shifts in demand at volume retailers, restaurants and home cooking industries in and around the Tokyo metropolitan area (through the timely processing of refrigerated and frozen meat).
Safe and secure Silky Pork®
Silky Pork® is a new brand of pork introduced in 2010. Chester White, the fourth breed, is added to the three breeds of pig that is the traditional American pork production. Silky Pork® is tender and juicy with cherry-blossom-pink colored flesh, notable marbling and a soft and subtly sweet fat layer.
We have developed a special feed mixture that contains a balance of amino acids to produce sweet-tasting lard and meat. Our designated farm strictly adheres to Japanese standards of pork production and management. Our traceability system identifies when and where the product was processed. Freshness of the product is maintained throughout the supply chain by utilizing our own transportation system.
Sales have been steadily growing since 2010. The main buyers of Silky Pork® are mass market retailers, convenience stores, restaurant chains, and home meal replacement companies.
We believe new value has been provided to consumers in Japan with our delicious, safe and secure Silky Pork®.
Demand for Turkish chicken to rise
Chicken has been the most consumed meat in Japan since 2012 due to its low price and low fat. A new import source had been called for to meet the rise in demand when the Japanese government lifted its ban on the import of chicken meat from Turkey at the end of September 2017. SC Foods was quick to notice the signs of this development and became the first Japanese importer of chicken from Turkey.
SC Foods’ partner, HasTavuk, is the largest supplier of parent stocks in Turkey, and undertakes integrated production from hatching to thermal processing. Its strength lies in its capacity to supply high-quality chicken meat produced at its hygienic cutting-edge plant. In partnership with HasTavuk, SC Foods established a stable supply network, aiming to provide 500 tons per month, or 6,000 tons per year, of chicken to Japanese consumers.
Having exported chicken to Islamic countries, HasTavuk has the capacity to comply with Halal certification* requirements. With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics coming up, inbound travelers from the Islamic world are expected to increase, which is pushing up demand for halal food in the Japanese market.
* Halal certification: A certificate that guarantees food has been prepared according to Islamic law. Halal means “permitted.”
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