Using nature's gifts to make the world a more delicious place.
A quick look at some of the key moments in our rich history.
Some companies start in a garage. Ours started in a garden.
From these small beginnings has grown a passion for food that now spans the globe.
In 1899, our founder, Ichitaro Kanie, cultivated his first tomatoes and other foreign vegetables in his family plot in Japan. A few short years later, he was producing tomato purees, ketchups and Worcestershire sauces and Kagome was born.
"Kagome" refers to our agricultural roots, coming from the name of a bamboo lattice pattern used in everyday containers and baskets in old Japan.
Nowadays, we produce a colorful variety of fruit and vegetable products such as sauces, drinks, ready-to-eat meals and probiotics. But we've never strayed from our founder's principles of making great tasting foods that are true to nature.
“To us, quality has always come before profit. We love our work.”
In 1989, we set up shop in Los Banos, California, the tomato capital of the world. We began developing customized tomato sauces for global restaurant brands in the U.S. This foundation quickly allowed us to offer more. Thanks to a continuing collaboration with customers, you can now find our products across North America, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Australia.
A Word from Our Happy Customers & Partners
We love the companies we get to work with. Thankfully, the feeling is mutual.
“Kagome is a company we have developed a long-term, trusting relationship with and have collaborated to create innovative product and service solutions for our mutual customers.”
National Sales Mgr. at Newly Weds Foods
“Kagome provides an excellent vision on foodservice culinary innovation, as well as a tremendous passion to provide excellent customer service to their partners.”
Senior Purchasing Analyst at IPC
“We continue to look to Kagome for fresh thinking in sauces and food trends. What we love most about Kagome is the team’s agility in responding to sample requests and their approach to problem solving.”
Leprino Foods, Singapore
“Kagome stretches our imagination on how far we can go on flavors and menu concepts.”
Product Dev. Food Technologist at Panda Restaurant Group
“Kagome makes collaboration and innovation feel easy. The company’s commitment to partnership and mutual success is unlike any I have seen in the industry.”
Manager, Key Accounts at Spicetec Flavors & Seasonings
Be a part of the team
Passion for amazing and healthy food distinguishes us. Integrity and openness characterizes our relationships. At Kagome, we're committed to making our customers and employees truly happy. We believe an innovative business can be profitable as well as ethical and respectful.