We established the wholesaling and logistics business in Shangdong Province and run the three-temperature zones centres for the Japaneses retailers and food-services. In addition, we also built up a trunk line logistics across Beijing, Qingdao, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Developing Japanese-style wholesaling functions overseas, mainly in China and the ASEAN region
Optimizing overseas food distribution
Amid a declining population, the Japanese food market is on a downward spiral. In contrast, as emerging countries continue to see rapid economic development and alongside population growth in developing countries the worldʼs food markets continue to grow. In light of this, the retailing and foodservice industries in Japan are accelerating overseas development, while the manufacturing industry are also strengthening its tendency to place greater emphasis on overseas markets. In response to such environmental changes, we will strive to optimize our food distribution business overseas.
Contributing to the development of local distribution
We will actively expand our overseas business presence, with a primary focus on China and the ASEAN region. By establishing and fulfilling high-quality Japanese-style wholesaling functions, we will support Japanese companies' businesses and contribute to the development of local distribution. We have been implementing logistics and wholesaling businesses in China and Vietnam since 2010, as well as expanding into Myanmar in 2013 before the rest of the industry; and will continue to explore the possibilities of all food-related businesses.
- KOKUBU TRADING SHANGHAI CO.,LTD.
- SHANGHAI MINENI FOODS CO., LTD.
- Shanghai Hengfu Logistics Co., Ltd
- Shanghai Welstory Food Co,Ltd.
We supply products to the Japanese retailers and food-services, and carry out the support for the three-temperature zone logistics in East China. In addition, we import the safe, secure and delicious Japanese foods and the wines from the world.
We formed a business tie-up with Sojitz Corporation for the purpose of expanding business in the food distribution in Vietnam, and develop the wholesaling and logistics business centering around Ho Chi Minh City.
We established a low-temperature(refrigerated) logistics company in Myanmar with the SPA Group, and are now aiming to set up a cold chain logistics in Myanmar.
In April 2016, we established a logistics company in Malaysia with the TRS Group. The company started running in September 2016.
Expanding and enhancing our trading businesses, advancing the construction of our distribution networks, and contributing to the further advancement of Japanese food culture
Spreading Japanese food culture worldwide through Kokubuʼs trading businesses
Chinese people take delight in eating sushi; European people form a long line in front of a ramen noodle restaurant. These sights, which we could not imagine in the past, are now becoming commonplace. Japanese food culture has become widespread, and is now part of everyday life in many cities overseas. Throughout the almost 160-year long history of its export businesses, Kokubu has played important role in spreading Japanese food culture around the world̶a history that dates back to start of our tea trade in 1859. Now we export around 10,000 Japanese food products and alcoholic beverages, produced by around 1,000 different manufacturers, to 50 countries worldwide; and aim to continue expanding our export activities even further in the future.
Establishing relationships beneficial to all three parties - customers, suppliers, and Kokubu
Even in overseas transactions, we ensure our business activities are rooted in the "wholesaler spirit", differentiating ourselves from other trading firms. Based on the Kokubu Stance that "Kokubu never obtains profits without benefiting customers and business partners," we constantly strive to do business that is beneficial to both our customers and our suppliers. Including collaborations with other our overseas business, we plan to further expand our export both in scale and area. By establishing Win-Win-Win relationships with more customers and suppliers, we will contribute to the further development of the food and alcoholic beverage industry in Japan and the Japanese food culture as a whole.