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.
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.
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.
PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS : The Picasso of Pastry
Pierre Hermé, a leader of the patisserie world in the 21st century, constantly strives to create highly original patisseries with a passionate desire to impart the know-how of “Haute Pâtisserie”.He was appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur in 2007, and won many awards including "World's Best Pastry Chef Award" in 2016 presented by The World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy. In addition, he is Vice President of "Relais Desserts", the international professional pastry craftsmanship association.We are managing the operation of ‘PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS’ shops at selected department stores and also taking care of the product supply from France.
In order to provide the highly quality good taste,we import and distribute the frozen dough including the products made from European wheat flour and fermented butter from French excellent manufactures. Not only a stable supply of the lomgtime best seller items, we are also actively working on the development and import of the products meeting the customers'demand.