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COMPANY PROFILE

Founded during the Tempo Era (around 1850), a tea wholesaler based out of Uji, Kyoto, has dedicated exclusively to the tea industry.
We proundly introduce our company and its long history below.

CORPORATE PHILOSOPHY

Management Policy

We will continue to meet the requirements of the existing customers, and all employees will work together to take on the challenge of gaining new customers for the future.
Our company values tradition and craftsmanship, and aims to improve product quality and manufacturing capacity by introducing equipment in line with the new era.
Provide products that offer safety and peace of mind in accordance with the food safety management system.

GREETINGS FROM THE CHAIRPERSON

We at Hotta Katsutaro Shoten Co., Ltd. love Uji, Kyoto, a place blessed with abundant nature, and have been engaged in the tea industry here for 3 generations, constantly challenging limitless possibilities.

We acquire information that meets the needs of the times and the requests of our customers and combine the latest technology with the skills of our artisans who have inherited the history and traditions of Uji, Kyoto to fulfill our commitment to supply green tea that will delight our customers, while working to reduce costs benefitting our customers, so that we may prosper together.

Our company has always given importance to ""safety"" of food products. We offer green tea that is ""safe and reliable"" based on scientific analysis data in addition to a traceability system. We also supply organically grown tea as a pioneer in the Japanese tea industry. Our aim is to produce high quality green tea using our knowledge and experience of working with tea growers, and are equipped with facilities that meet stringent global standards. While our main focus is on tea growers in Uji, Kyoto, we have a particularly close association with farmers in tea-producing regions and with people in the tea industry throughout Japan, through our unique distribution network and personal connections that have been passed down in our company for generations.

Hotta Katsutaro Shoten Co., Ltd. is deeply grateful for the blessings of nature, and we promise to offer products that will delight our customers.

Representative director, Hotta Katsutaro Shoten Co., Ltd.
Katsutaro Hotta Katsutaro Hotta
Senior Managing Director, Hotta Katsutaro Shoten Co., Ltd.
Masashi Hotta Masashi Hotta

CORPORATE PROFILE

Founded Tempo Era (around 1850)
Incorporated February 17, 1978
Chairperson Katsutaro Hotta
Capital 10 million yen
Head office/factory location 41-8, Nabekurayama, Shirakawa, Uji, Kyoto, 611-0022, Japan
Contact TEL: +81-774-20-8876 FAX: +81-774-22-1604
Business hours Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closed:Sundays, national holidays and Saturdays (according to our company calendar)
Business details The tea industry(Matcha and green tea)
Number of employees Approximately 50
Banks MUFG Bank, Ltd., Mizuho Bank, Resona Bank, Bank of Kyoto, Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank, Nanto Bank, Shiga Bank, Kyoto Shinkin Bank
Main Customers Famous tea stores, tea wholesalers, food manufacturers, cafes, and trading companies across Japan
Affiliations JA ZEN-NOH designated bidder for Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture Tea Cooperative Association, Japan Organic & Natural Foods Association, Kyoto Prefecture Tea Industry Federation Youth Organization, Kyoto Midori Association, Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Uji City Tourist Public Interest Incorporated Association

ACCESS TO HEAD OFFICE AND FACTORY

41-8, Nabekurayama, Shirakawa, Uji, Kyoto, 611-0022, Japan

● About 8 minutes by car from the nearest station Uji on the JR Nara Line.
● Board the Kyoto Keihan bus, Tachiba Line 180 (bound for Ichu-mae) from JR Uji Station or Keihan Uji Station, and get off at the ""Shirakawa Toge"" stop.

COMPANY HISTORY

Tempo Era

Founded (circa 1830-1844)

1978

Incorporation of Hotta Katsutaro Shoten Co., Ltd.

1990

Construction of Factory 1

1994

Construction of Factory 2, Construction of freezer, Construction of Factory 3 (Careful selection processing line)

2000

Obtained Organic JAS JONA certification

JONA
2002

Introduction of sachet packaging (production line)

2010

Construction of a new head office plant with state-of-the-art hygiene equipment
Matcha pulverizer based on our unique specification introduced
Obtained organic NOP (U.S. Organic Certification)

2018

Millstone introduced
New dedicated freezer

Millstone introduced New dedicated freezer
2019

Obtained FSSC22000 certification

2020

Powdered tea filler introduced

2021

Introduction of foreign substance removal device

Introduction of foreign substance removal device

HISTORY

History of Hotta Katsutaro Shoten

The Hotta family has been a samurai family for generations since the Edo period, and Hotta Yoshiteru Saemon was a samurai who was appointed to the position of Shugoshoku (Military Commissioner) of Yodo Castle in Kyoto.

As the era of the samurai came to an end and the Meiji Era (1868-1912) dawned, Hotta Kisaburo, who continued the samurai lineage, became a "tea leaf broker" and founded our business.
Among the tea leaf brokers, the second generation, Hotta Kazuo, was deeply trusted by many long-established tea wholesalers.
Among the hundreds of "tea leaf brokers", Kazuo was regarded as a pioneer in the field because of his excellent judgement of tea leaves, keen sensitivity and humanity.

Hotta Kazuo worked mainly in Uji, Kyoto and significantly contributed to the development of the Uji tea industry by purchasing local Uji green tea at the request of long-established wholesalers.
When Hotta Kazuo unfortunately passed away in an unexpected accident, all the long-established wholesalers jointly organized a memorial service, which shows the extent of the trust they had in him.

President Hotta Katsutaro, the third generation, foresaw the future of the tea industry and the trends of the times, and promptly quit working as a ""tea leaf broker"". In 1978, he established his company (processing and sales company), Hotta Katsutaro Shoten Co., Ltd., that purchased tea leaves from tea growers.

Thus, our long history, traditions, and founding spirit permeate to our employees, and the entire company works as one in striving for excellence every day.