The import of food brands from abroad can be said to be the roots of Kataoka. We choose only top quality overseas food brands and import them into the Japanese market together with the food culture of their country of origin. Kataoka then markets the products in its own way in order to penetrate the brand and upgrade their value in the Japanese market. Good examples can be seen in the gift market.
Not only do we import finished products, but we also import products in bulk before being packed and develop our own packaging style that would better suit the Japanese market. Such activities prove our relationship of mutual trust with the overseas brand owners.
TWININGS : The world famous tea brand established over 300 years ago
In 1706 Thomas Twining opened the world's first teashop at London Strand. In England this is said to mark the beginning of the history of tea. The popularity of Twinings Tea spread rapidly among royalty and the aristocracy of that area. In 1873 after the tea was presented to Queen Victoria in celebration of her ascension to the throne, it was honored by being designed an official provision to the Royal Family. Ever since then, Twinings tea has been fondly drunk throughout the world as a high quality tea, both in name and in quality.
VAN HOUTEN : World's best known cocoa
In 1828, a Dutchman named C.J.Van Houten invented a formula for powdered cocoa that is easily soluble in hot water or milk. It was awarded a patent by the Dutch King William I. Ever since, with the use of high-grade cocoa beans as ingredients, the technique and glorious tradition have been continued to this day.
The aroma and richness of this cocoa powder has achieved a high popularity and its strongly supported by people worldwide.
LAVAZZA : The No.1 Italian coffee
Lavazza is the most popular coffee in Italy and the world. Established in 1895 in Torino by the first Luigi Lavazza, this Italian coffee has secured an unrivalled position as a regular on the menus of leading hotels and famous cafes around the world. Its distinct technique, from roasting to grinding, has separated Lavazza from all other brands, maintaining its position as a top quality coffee among connoisseurs everywhere.
DEBAILLEUL : Insistence on the best ingredients and pursuit of authentic flavor
With an atelier in Belgium, Debailleul Products was established by Marc Debailleul, a traditional patissier with the title of MOF (Meilleur Ouvrier de France). It provides the world with a wide range of desserts that strive for genuine flavor by using carefully scrutinized and selected seasonal ingredients and materials. Its products are handcrafted one by one with deep pride in the French culinary tradition. Wrapped in distinctive and elegant packages, they appeal to the sensibility of gourmets throughout the world, due to their perfect harmony of appearance, taste, aroma and texture.
Läderach : The taste of Swiss tradition crafted from the rich blessings of nature
Läderach is the classic chocolate brand in Switzerland, established in 1962 in Ennenda, a suburb of Zurich. Läderach chocolate embodies the flavors of Switzerland - the natural blessings of rich local milk and carefully selected fresh ingredients. Fresh Chocolate, the signature product of Läderach, is made in the atelier and delivered immediately after production to preserve its just-made fresh taste and remarkable flavor. Läderach delivers the highest quality chocolate made with time-honoured skill and artisanal passion.
MAZET : Long-established French confectionery house
Established in 1903 in the small French town of Montargis, Mazet specialises in traditional French 'praslines' alongside a range of confectionery and chocolates that combine nuts and nougatines. Mazet faithfully adheres to secret handed-down recipes and techniques that continue to attract many to this day.
ÉCHIRÉ : French traditional butter
The Echire dairy, established in 1894,has been receiving high praise for its products for over 100 years. The dairy is purveyor to royal families, and worldclass chefs regularly use the butter. It received the Appellation d'Origine Protegee(AOP)designation as a product of quality.