To resolve social issues in the agricultural domain, problems that include a lack of agricultural workers and food shortages caused by global population growth, we are working to establish more efficient and more globally accessible agricultural methods of food production.
In addition to our fully enclosed plant factories, we are using IT to produce high-quality strawberries. We are also conducting test production of fruit using hydroponic cultivation and growing insects for consumption. We are engaged in agricultural tests and research that do not require vast amounts of land.
Cultivation and sales business
To pursue farming methods that enable stable production of high-quality food regardless of environmental conditions, we started with research and production of leafy vegetables in a completely enclosed plant factory that uses all artificial light.
We apply advanced IT to cultivate high-quality strawberries and are engaged in the research and production of melons based on hydroponics.
Insect cultivation business
We are working on insect cultivation using crickets as a solution to food issues.
We are developing products for a wide range of applications, from raw materials for normal food products to feed for livestock and pets.
Crickets are very rich in protein and have a composition that is very similar to soybeans. Depending on the method of preparation, crickets could serve as a health food or as a nutritional supplement during sports.
Food service business
One of our initiatives aimed at increasing employee satisfaction was to create "unbelievable" employee cafeterias. Since 2014, we have engaged in the internal planning and development of employee cafeterias at Group companies in Japan.
We focus on high quality, from interior design to food ingredients and contribute to local production, local consumption, and local employment.
Hoping to share popular menu items from our employee cafeteria with people outside the company, we developed the Ekimae Ranzan Shokudo. In 2019, we opened this cafeteria in Ranzan-machi, Saitama Prefecture, which is home to one of our major factories.
In addition to dining, we also regularly sponsor Kodomo-Shokudo (children's cafeteria) to provide pleasant food experiences to lots of children.