Sugimoto Tea Company increases production with new factory
Following increasing demand for high quality and authentic organic Japanese matcha, Sugimoto Tea Company has increased production through opening a second factory in Shizouka, Japan.
The new facility will increase production capabilities by 50% and enable the company to produce more blended teas in Japan.
Since 3rd generation tea maker and Sugimoto Tea Company president Kyohei Sugimoto moved to the US in 2005 to bring his family’s tea to US consumers, demand for Japanese green tea has continued to grow substantially – especially for Japanese matcha. Between 2005 and 2018, Japan’s exports of green tea to the US climbed from a mere 352 tons to an incredible 1,758 tons, a nearly 500% increase over 13 years.
“This is an exciting moment in time for the Sugimoto Tea Company, my family, and the Japanese tea industry,” said Kyohei Sugimoto. “Demand has been so high for Japanese matcha and Organic matcha in particular, that the Japanese tea industry has been unable to produce enough. With this new factory we will be capable of being more responsive to the high international consumer demand.”
Founded in 1946 by Zenichi Sugimoto, Sugimoto Seicha (Sugimoto Tea Company’s Japanese headquarters) has been a pioneer in producing consumer favorite loose leaf Japanese green teas and matcha and Sugimoto Tea Company was one of the first Japanese producers to gain JONA Organic Certification in order to bring certified Organic matcha and other green teas to the international market. The Sugimoto Tea Company mission is to save the Japanese tea industry by sharing delicious Japanese tea to people all around the world, and through these efforts to make people’s lives richer and healthier.