Kagome Encourages a New Generation of Food Developers

Kagome recognizes in order to keep a pipeline of creative talent flowing we have to do our part to engage and inspire the next generation of food developers.  Recently the research and development department of Kagome hosted a visit from students from San Jose State University’s summer program.  The group of students studying nutrition, led by Dr. Kasuen Mauldin assistant Professor Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging, learn about Kagome’s sauce development process from concept to commercialization.   

Sjsu Visit Students In Lobby

Sjsu Lab Shot

Food Scientist Ruby Cheuk testing product consistency with a bostwick consistometer test in the QC lab.

Sjsu Visit Discussion Upstairs

SJSU students come prepared with their favorite sauces to discuss the process of sauce matching.

The path to product development in the food industry is not always direct.  Kagome’s own food scientist, Tyler Hirasawa was studying dietetics at San Jose State University when he became inspired by his professor Raquel Ting, former professor of food science at San Jose State University. “Professor Ting brought food science to life, it was exciting and I knew it would be my future.” -Tyler Hirasawa. 

No matter the path Kagome encourages the best and the brightest to study hard, be inspired to become the next generation of food developers making the world a more delicious place.

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Kagome Asia

With 10 facilities and growing, Kagome has aggressively expanded operations from its base in Japan to Taiwan, China, and Malaysia. Kagome Japan has an exceptional commitment to quality, teamwork, science and technology. Kagome Japan is home to the world's largest privately held tomato seed bank with 7,500 varieties. It is also where many of our proprietary processes were nurtured and brought to fruition. Kagome Japan's core values are shared across its family of companies.

Capabilities in Asia include a colorful variety of fruit and vegetable products such as sauces, drinks, ready-to-eat meals and probiotics.

Kagome Australia

Kagome Australia is expanding into sauce production from tomato farming and processing. The opposite growing season in Australia gives us added flexibility. It will be the first fully vertically integrated operation in the Kagome family.

Kagome Europe

HIT, a Kagome subsidiary in Portugal, is based in a superb tomato growing region. These tomatoes are highly prized for their color and sweetness, which HIT turns into unique tomato ingredients and products. A newly established Agricultural Research Center studies new seed varieties and processing technologies in collaboration with other Kagome teams.

Kagome USA

Kagome USA has manufacturing and R&D facilities on both coasts, in California and Arkansas. Capabilities have evolved from pouched tomato sauces to include cream sauces, compound butters, margarines and spreads, and portion pack. With unmatched access to consistent tomato crops and other raw materials, the US operation is highly scaled, flexible, and efficient to meet global demands. United Genetics, a seed company based in California, recently joined the Kagome family.