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Oregon Fruit Products Launches Dragon Fruit Puree

Recently, Oregon Fruit Products, a Hokusei North America partner company, announced its release of a new dragon fruit aseptic puree for fermentation.  Because of its natural mild sweetness and light fruitiness, dragon fruit puree can be used to balance the use of other fruits that have relatively sweet or acidic flavor profiles.  And, because the [...]

By |2021-06-15T00:37:10-07:00June 7th, 2021|Tags: |0 Comments

Hokusei North America to Attend On-Line B2B Event

On June 9, the Hokusei North America team will take part in an online event hosted by Prosper Portland, the City of Portland's economic and urban development agency.  Entitled, "Food & Beverage B2B Pitch & Networking", the event aims to help food & beverage businesses promote their businesses and products, expand their network of buyers [...]

By |2021-05-24T11:51:26-07:00May 24th, 2021|0 Comments

Hitachino Nest Uses Oregon Fruit Products’ Puree

As a special beer for Valentine’s Day this year, Hitachino Nest, one of the best-known craft beer brands in Japan, released its “Chocolate Beer Ale”. What makes this beer so special to us at Hokusei North America is that this beer use not only one, but three 100% fruit purees from Oregon Fruit Products (OFP), [...]

By |2021-05-19T00:55:05-07:00May 10th, 2021|0 Comments

One Last Time?

Due to a sudden steep upturn in the number of COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations, Multnomah County (Portland’s county) and 14 other Oregon counties recently moved into the COVID-19 “Extreme Risk” category.  This classification went into effect on April 30, and will last at least until May 6. […]

By |2021-05-19T00:47:19-07:00May 3rd, 2021|0 Comments

Portland Gear Keeping A Strong Japan Connection

Recently, our friends and partners at Portland Gear, a fashion design and retail company famous for its Portland-branded products, launched a cherry blossom-inspired apparel collection.  Portland Gear created these products in honor of the ongoing close relationship between Portland and Japan, symbolized by the beautiful cherry trees common to both locations. Over the years, Portland [...]

By |2021-04-20T11:14:39-07:00April 20th, 2021|0 Comments

Jigsaw Puzzles Anyone?

Allport Editions, a Hokusei North America partner, is well-known for its wide variety of artistic, thoughtful, and smile-evoking greeting cards.  However, Allport also carries a wide variety of jigsaw puzzles, sales of which have helped the company carry on during the coronavirus pandemic. The reason for this boost to Allport's business is that jigsaw puzzles [...]

By |2021-04-06T15:51:26-07:00April 6th, 2021|0 Comments

Portland Japanese Garden Offering Zoom Backgrounds

As a very appropriate and uplifting gesture during the coronavirus epidemic and corresponding explosive usage of Zoom videoconferencing service, the Portland Japanese Garden is offering free, downloadable Zoom backgrounds. For Spring 2021, the Zoom background is fittingly, a photo of an amazingly beautiful flowering cherry tree in front of the Portland Japanese Garden's Pavilion Gallery. [...]

By |2021-03-22T14:02:07-07:00March 22nd, 2021|0 Comments

An Important 1-Year Anniversary

Yesterday, February 28th, marked the one-year anniversary of the first known COVID-19 case in Oregon. Since that day a year ago, the state (not to mention the world) has gone through a seemingly unending series of changes and trials that have drastically altered Oregonians' lifestyles, attitudes, and economic situations. We would like to extend our [...]

By |2021-03-01T14:57:12-07:00March 1st, 2021|0 Comments

Amazing Toyama Video

Perhaps not know by many, but Toyama Prefecture* is Oregon's sister state in Japan, and 2021 is the 30th anniversary of this SistermState relationship. Although Toyama is not visited as much by tourists as Tokyo and Kyoto, it deserves to be on the "must see" list of any visitor to Japan.  Oregon is suitably paired [...]

By |2021-02-26T01:38:20-07:00February 15th, 2021|Tags: |0 Comments

Hazelnut Fun Factoids

Recently, the Hokusei North America team received an inquiry about hazelnuts from a potential Japanese client.  Although we knew that hazelnuts are grown in Oregon (and that they taste pretty good on salads). So in the process of working on this project, we learned a few interesting things about hazelnuts: Oregon accounts for nearly 100% [...]

By |2021-02-03T13:21:15-07:00February 3rd, 2021|0 Comments
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