Our company has a 160 year history, starting in the 1830s in Shizuoka Prefecture, which is located in the central part of Japan, as a manufacturing and sales company of "dried skipjacks" made from skipjack that were caught in the seas close to Japan. From 1900 onward, in addition to the production of dried skipjacks, we were engaged in the collection, box-packing, and nationwide sales of raw mandarin oranges that were locally cultivated, as well as export of oranges to Canada.
In 1936, we constructed a canning factory in a place in which a freezing facility for skipjacks was scheduled to be constructed, after considering that it was close to the Port of Yaizu, which has the best catches of fish in Japan, and made our start as a manufacturing company of canned marine and agricultural products. After World War II, we made a new start as a stock corporation in 1948. We were 100% dependent on exports to the U.S., Germany, Italy, and other countries in those days. In 1971, however, we succeeded in developing "Inaba light tuna" ahead of the market, by focusing our attention on "yellowfins," which were fished at a constant rate together with skipjacks in experimental operations by the Fisheries Agency but that were seldom processed in those days. We began to sell the products in Japan.
"Inaba light tuna" was an innovative product not only because attention was focused on yellowfin, which was a new marine resource in those days, but also because it brought about an era of mass production of canned tuna in Japan by flaking tuna and adopting a high-speed tuna-filling system. At present, the majority of the approximately ten million cases in the Japanese tuna market are flake products that are made from yellowfin. This fact clearly shows that our "Inaba light tuna flakes" are still the driving force with in the Japanese market of canned tuna.
Since 1958, we have been engaged in the production of pet foods. Seen in this light, we are one of the earliest brand manufacturing companies of wet foods. In 1989, after twenty years of exporting to Italy, we created "CIAO" as a premium brand of domestically-produced cat foods. In 1997, we established INABA PETFOOD Co., Ltd. as a sales company of pet foods. We have developed into a top brand of premium wet cat foods, with approximately half a century of production achievements up to now as well as the production and sales of approximately 300 quality-first items, including dog foods of the Inaba brand. We have been rapidly growing in the market as a premium brand manufacturing company that is loved and trusted by customers.
In April 2004, we began to operate a new wholly-owned factory in Qingdao, China, with the aim of further developing in the pet food market. With a background of production techniques that have been developed for 46 years in the Japanese market since we began production, we are determined to make huge leaps toward the global market from now on. Your expectations of INABA PETFOOD Co., Ltd. and its products are highly appreciated.