From February 14th to 17th, 2023 Hikari Miso Co., Ltd. will exhibit at BIOFACH 2023, one of the world’s leading organic food trade fairs, to be held in Nuremberg, Germany.
Occupying space 620 in Hall 1, this exhibit promotes the Japanese traditional soybean products miso and tofu to an international audience. The company presents nine varieties of miso and one of instant miso soup, all organic products aimed specifically at the European market, and three varieties of organic tofu from the Hikari Miso Shizenno Megumi range made by Dragonfly Foods Ltd. (7 King Place, Hitchcocks Business Park, Willand, Exeter EX15 3FH), a UK subsidiary of the company.
The UK tofu maker established in 1984 in the beautiful natural surroundings of Devon. Since becoming a subsidiary of Hikari Miso in 2015, Dragonfly Foods has employed state-of-the-art Japanese equipment to make Hikari Miso tofu.
Many Europeans consume firmer, flavored tofu as a meat substitute, however the high-quality organic tofu manufactured by Dragonfly Foods very much retains the umami and sweetness of traditional tofu, thanks to a time-honored Japanese production method using only nigari as a coagulant.
Soaring international demand for Japanese and fermented foods drives record miso exports
Miso exports have been growing year on year recently thanks to soaring overseas demand for Japanese and fermented foods, reaching at 21,712 tons in 2022, an increase of 110 percent on the previous year. Export earnings at Hikari Miso have also grown rapidly in recent years, by a minimum of 115 percent annually. Of this, growth in demand for safe, trustworthy organic miso of superior quality has been an especially notable driver of miso exports. By not only exporting products sold in Japan, but developing products exclusively for overseas that cater to local preferences, Hikari Miso has succeeded in increasing sales and expanding exports to over 55 countries around the world, with a particular focus on the American and European markets.
*Source: Japanese Ministry of Finance
Three decades of Hikari Miso commitment to organic miso
Organic miso has long been Hikari Miso’s main business, in line with the company brand message of “Nature’s Best, From Our Family to Yours”. A dedication to ensuring customer peace of mind as well as supplying the tastiest organic miso has prompted Hikari Miso to obtain numerous third-party organic certifications over the years.
This includes earning certification in 1997 from the American Organic Crop Improvement Association （OCIA ）and embarking on full-scale organic miso sales prior to the 1999 introduction of Japanese Agricultural Standards （JAS）which is a Japanese national organic certification. Next came JAS organic certification in 2000, followed by the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) certification in 2001, and EU organic certification in 2008. Throughout this, Hikari Miso has been selling a diverse range of organic miso products in both the Japanese and international markets. Hikari Miso’s action plan for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also positions expanding organic miso operations as a key contribution to production-to-plate sustainability. As a leading manufacturer of organic miso, alongside its dedication to flavor Hikari Miso is also committed to sustainable product development.