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The Smoke Has Finally Cleared

During the month of September, there were a number of forest fires burning across Oregon.  These fires, some of which are still not yet 100% caused considerable damage in terms of burnt forest and land (nearly 1 million acres), destroyed homes, and human fatalities. Although Portland was not touched by the wildfires, it did receive [...]

By |2020-10-05T14:43:02-07:00October 5th, 2020|0 Comments

Mailbox Delivery to Okinawa

Recently, Hokusei North America (HNA) undertook an interesting export project, a first for the company.  Based on request from the U.S. Military, and working with its sister company Hokusei Trading Asia, HNA shipped a number of mailboxes from the U.S. to Okinawa, Japan.   Made of brass, the mailboxes have a traditional American design, which [...]

By |2020-09-14T11:31:06-07:00September 14th, 2020|0 Comments

Japanese Garden, Hokusei mentioned in Japanese Press

On August 16, the Toyama Shimbun newspaper in Toyama Prefecture (Oregon's sister state) published an article lauding Hokusei North America's efforts to work with the Portland Japanese Garden to promote peace through the display of "Ori-tsuru"-themed products. An Ori-tsuru is an origami (folded paper art) version of a crane, which in Japanese culture is a [...]

By |2020-09-01T23:57:11-07:00August 31st, 2020|0 Comments

Hokusei Continues To Explore Beverage Opportunities

Given our growing relationship with Oregon Fruit Products (OFP), and ongoing exports to Japan of OFP's fruit purees for brewing, Hokusei North America is continuously looking for opportunities in the alcoholic beverage market. One growth area in the United States that it generating great excitement and having a huge impact on the marketplace is the [...]

By |2020-08-24T10:48:58-07:00August 24th, 2020|0 Comments

Hokusei Products (Japan) Issues SDG-Related Bond

Hokusei North America's parent company, Hokusei Products, recently placed a highly-innovative private bond in Japan.  As part of the bond arrangement, Fukui Bank is the underwriter, and will donate a portion of its underwriting commissions to organizations committed promoting Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. Relatively unknown in the U.S., SDGs have been established by the [...]

By |2020-08-03T12:40:05-07:00August 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

Portland Japanese Garden Featured in Japanese Newspapers

During the month of July, the Portland Japanese Garden attracted the attention of multiple newspapers in Japan.  Both the Toyama Shinbun and the Hokkoku Shinbun printed articles about the Portland organization's efforts to promote culture, art, and crafts from Japan's most northern island, Hokkaido.   Of particular focus was the Portland Japanese Garden's exhibition of [...]

By |2020-08-03T00:20:45-07:00July 28th, 2020|Tags: |0 Comments

Puree On Its Way!

As shared in an earlier post, Hokusei is stepping up its relationship with Oregon Fruit Products (OFP) to provide more aseptic fruit purees for craft breweries in Japan. As a sign of this enhanced relationship, and in response to Japanese brewer demand, a major shipment of OFP's purees were shipped out to Japan earlier this month. [...]

By |2020-07-21T09:11:14-07:00July 21st, 2020|0 Comments

Hokusei Ramping Up Fruit Puree Exports

An interesting outcome of the coronavirus pandemic has been continued strong demand for craft beer in the U.S.  Although many breweries have faced the challenge of adjusting their business models, the overall beer market has been quite steady, with falling on-premise (bars, restaurants, taprooms, etc.) beer sales being replaced by off-premise (e.g., supermarkets, convenience store, [...]

By |2020-07-02T09:31:19-07:00July 2nd, 2020|0 Comments

Portland Begins Re-Opening

On June 19, based on approval from the Oregon state government, the city of Portland and neighboring cities in Multnomah County were able to move into Phase 1 re-opening in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The move into Phase 1 will impact a number of different impacts on social gatherings and business.  Restaurants, bars, pubs, [...]

By |2020-06-24T14:13:24-07:00June 23rd, 2020|Tags: |0 Comments
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