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What we do

Aim to be a global lifestyle company that brings people joy through food

Production, Rearing and Procurement

We strive to provide a stable supply of meat in cooperation with producers

We partner with farmers across Japan, mainly at our own farms and farmers in Hokkaido, Tohoku and Kyushu, as we boost domestic production of cattle and pigs and build a stable procurement base. In addition, we are taking the initiative in resolving industry problems such as the recent continued decrease in the number of Wagyu and other domestic cattle. We have established a breeding farm for Wagyu cattle, a fattening ranch of crossbred cattle and a laboratory for egg fertilization as part of our efforts to the strengthen our production base.

Chicken meat produced in Japan is procured from partner companies. We are also collaborating on product development.
We have been an industry pioneer, developing long-term cooperative relationships with local packers in Australia for over 60 years, and in other countries including the U.S., Canada, the E.U., Brazil and Thailand to achieve stable imports of high-grade beef, pork and poultry.

Meat Processing

Delivering safe and reliable products from abattoir-attached plants

We own six plants attached to abattoirs in the Hokkaido, Tohoku and Kyushu regions of Japan. The benefit of abattoir-attached plants is that we can treat and process meat while preventing contact with the outside air. We take care to build systems for the provision of high quality and fresh products. The company has also acquired SQF international certification to ensure food safety and quality at all six factories.

We treat and process safe, reliable and high quality beef, pork, offal and by-products. By leveraging the advantages of having our own plants, we can respond to specific customer requests, including cutting and manufacturing specifications. Also, each factory has been certified as an export facility by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and export is now possible to 12 countries and regions, including the U.S. and the E.U., where strict import standards apply.

Manufacture of Processed Meat Products

Flexible pursuit of good taste using raw ingredients procured by the company

We manufacture fresh meat products such as ham, sausage, bacon, roast beef, roast pork and hamburgers mainly using raw ingredients procured by our company. We produce our own branded goods as well as custom-made goods to meet standards that our customers desire. Our products have been adopted in a wide range of dishes familiar worldwide including beef patties for major hamburger chains, and Salisbury steaks and roast beef at major family restaurants. Furthermore, due to the recent labor shortage in Japan, we have established processing centers in four locations nationwide. We manufacture ready-to-eat products such as roast beef salad from sliced meat products and strive to facilitate back-end cost reduction and performance improvement for businesses including large retailers and supermarkets.

Quality Management

Promoting acquisition of SQF international certification
Striving for thorough quality control

Starzen Group promotes acquisition of Safe Quality Food (SQF), an international certification standard for ensuring the safety and quality of food, at all facilities in the group in order to deliver products that can be enjoyed with confidence. Currently 55 business sites (including 16 plants) have acquired certification.
We practice safety and quality control in accordance with SQF in each business division, throughout processing, manufacturing, distribution and sales.
We also strive to continually improve regular cleaning operations, labeling and packaging materials, drug management, employee education and other aspects of the business using SQF concepts as an indicator of safety and reliability.

Third Party Audits including SQF

Internal Audits

Inspection of standards/product labeling

On-site inspection of external vendors

Inspection of raw materials and products

Sales

Delivering our products directly to customers — speaking directly with customers
Dealing directly with customers

With some 50 sales bases offices across Japan from Hokkaido to Kyushu, we receive orders from customers and deliver products directly using our own trucks under the motto "Face-to-Face.” By dealing and speaking directly, we are better able to understand our customer’s needs and to quickly adapt to market changes. By working with our customers, we can gain ideas to apply in production and food processing sites, to help solve our customer's challenges. We strive to work closer to our customers and to better assist them. Sales proposals are a strong tradition and an asset of Starzen.

Exports

輸出地図 Origin of the export business

Our export business began with Japanese authentic wagyu from the Akune Plant.

輸出地図

Starzen started exporting Japanese authentic wagyu after the Akune Plant of Starzen Meat Processor Co., Ltd. was certified for meat export to Macau in September 2009. Since then, the company has been proactively actively expanding export business not only Japanese authentic wagyu beef but also in crossbred beef, pork, pig internal organs offal, processed meat and other products.

輸出地図 Current exports

We export meat from Japan to 18 countries and regions.

輸出地図

Currently, we export beef to 15 areas—the U.S., Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Thailand, Taiwan, Canada, the E.U., Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines and Mexico. We are also establishing the conditions to handle exports to other countries including Indonesia, New Zealand and Russia. We also export pork products to four countries—Hong Kong, Singapore, Macao and Vietnam.

輸出地図 Initiatives for export business expansion

We share preparation suggestions and processing techniques around the world.

輸出地図

As a part of efforts to expand our export business, we focus on sales activities to exporters whose final end users are clearly known. For example, using Starzen International Co., Ltd. as a contact point, we are establishing relationships that allow direct product proposals to Japanese restaurants customers outside of Japan, and we provide education and guidance on preparation and meat processing technology to take full advantage of the characteristics of Japanese meat.
Our years of experience in meat processing technology enable us to provide education and guidance that will lead to improvements in work efficiency and profit for overseas customers. We hope to accelerate the expansion of Japanese meat and processed meat product exports by adding such services that will benefit customers.

Future initiatives

Accelerating business collaboration worldwide and boosting the popularity of Japanese meat.

In the future, we will continue to cooperate with meat enterprises that work with us in each region to develop distribution networks. We want to change the concept of Japanese meat as a luxury item to broaden the options for its regular consumption. We will achieve this by expanding the products we offer from the sale of typical high-grade cuts such as sirloin and tenderloin, to include shoulder and round cuts, and by distributing more extensively, from high-end restaurants to mid-range establishments.

 Meanwhile, the popularity of foreign wagyu overseas is also high and demand is expanding. In the future, we are also considering the promotion of trilateral business as meat professionals to provide carefully selected foreign wagyu and other high quality meat from leading producers to consumers worldwide.