CAREFUL CRAFTSMANSHIP OF TRADITIONAL AND NEW PRODUCTS FOR MORE THAN 120 YEARS.
In 1897, in Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture, in southern Japan, Nakata Gentaro founded our company. Since then we have supported the local economy by creating new ume (sour Japanese plum) trends and driving market demand. Our motto is ‘Our home’s flavor; our heart’s flavor.’ We are excited to share that around the world and with you.
Ume (say oo-meh) have been a part of Japanese culture for more than 1300 years, and have been an integral part of Tanabe’s landscape for centuries. Nanko-ume is the premier variety of ume, featuring a rich, apricot-like aroma and tart fruity flavor. Most of Japan’s Nanko-ume come from this area, and Nakata Foods uses only tree-ripened ones for its salted umeboshi, umeshu ume liqueur, and ume jams and sauces, imparting them with fragrance and flavor not found in other brands.