Hotta Katsutaro Shoten Co., Ltd. Green Tea Wholesaler in Uji, Kyoto

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At Hotta Katsutaro Shoten, we place utmost priority on the safety and wholesomeness of our products.
Before our products are shipped, they all undergo various tests, including pesticide residue analyses and bacterial analysis tests by Japan Food Research Laboratories and other relevant organizations. All our plants receive rigorous annual inspections, which are equivalent to the examinations necessary for gaining Organic JAS accreditation. Moreover, to further maintain stable quality of our products, we conduct color tests, componential analyses and sensory tests.

At Hotta Katsutaro Shoten, we ask tea growers and other suppliers to submit traceability records so that we can constantly identify tea growers, tea plantations, cultivation methods, processing methods and logistics routes. We never purchase any products without traceability records, because we believe this is essential in order to supply our customers with safe and wholesome products.

Hotta Katsutaro Shoten was the first company in the Japanese tea industry to supply organic tea leaf. More than twenty years ago, we began supporting organic tea growers who were particularly concerned about the safety and wholesomeness of green tea and green powdered tea. To these tea growers, we provide information on cultivation techniques and market demands. Since Uji Tea is our mainstream product, we conclude annual contracts with many tea growers in Uji, Kyoto. To ensure steady supply of organic tea, however, we have also built a network with nationwide organic tea growers.
To supply safe and wholesome organic green tea, even after harvesting tea leaves, we process, store and transfer our products in compliance with the rigorous provisions of the Japanese Agricultural Standards Association (JAS) and the Japan Organic and Natural Foods Association (JONA).
Currently, we are applying for overseas organic food accreditations: the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) approval.