On October 14th, Sojitz Foods Corporation’s (SOFCO) meat and vegetable meal kits, a product developed under the supervision of Meat One Corporation, received an award in the products and technologies category of the 51st Food Industrial Technical Awards. The awards are organized by Shokuhin Sangyo Shimbunsha Co., Ltd.
Shokuhin Sangyo Shimbunsha, a food industry trade journal, established the Food Industrial Technical Awards in 1971 to commemorate the company’s twentieth anniversary since its founding. To determine the award recipients, a selection committee of industry officials rigorously evaluates and recognizes candidates that have contributed to the growth of Japan’s food industry. This year, 28 awards were presented across 5 categories: products and technologies; materials, equipment, systems; marketing; environment and CSR; and regional initiatives. A common theme among this year’s award-winning food products was an effort to address social issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the increase in opportunities for home cooking and the rise in health consciousness.
SOFCO is a food-centered trading company that offers all types of food products, from basic ingredients to processed foods. The company is involved in a wide range of businesses in the processed meat field, and handles not only its own brands but also the private label brands of major retailers. Meat One is a marketing company established by SOFCO in February 2018 in collaboration with companies all along the meat value chain—from meat processing to distribution—aiming to reliably and safely provide consumers with quality processed meat products at competitive prices.
Last year, Meat One received an award in the Food Industrial Technical Awards’ marketing category in recognition of its corporate vision to mobilize quality craftsmanship to provide consumers with competitively priced processed meat products. This year’s award marks the second consecutive year that a Meat One project has been recognized at the Food Industrial Technical Awards.
Selection of meat and vegetable meal kits from the “Niku Ichiban” series