Our company lineage traces its early roots back to the rich, fertile farming region of the Pearl River Delta in South China, an area almost identical to that of our Sacramento Valley/Delta here in California. At the turn of the century just prior to the big 1906 earthquake, the first-generation great grandfathers of the family immigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area in search of better opportunities in what they called the "Gold Mountain," the Chinese term for California. One stayed in San Francisco to develop his business in the city and the other went to the rich farm heartland of the Sacramento River Delta and the Central Coast. They stayed true to the passion they knew best which was food, specializing in fruit, produce, and seafood. As their businesses flourished and expanded, they shared their knowledge and prosperity, and helped many others succeed in this new land, as they did.
The succeeding generations, being more assimilated, diversified the businesses further and created new industries, propelling the entire family business core forward. With years of business experience and deep-seated connections developed from the days of the family forefathers, the following generations grew business interests internationally while still keeping the family roots firmly in Northern California. Longevity of the family business through the generations was due in large part to the old fashioned values of the first generation. Their work ethic, integrity in business, and willingness to always help others has had a long lasting, positive influence on the succeeding generations.
Our modern day business hub in San Francisco Bay Area is the center of where health and innovation converge. Grains of the ancient world now meet state of the art cryogenic freezing technology through our plant’s ability to cook and IQF grains to frozen perfection. Dry grains are also available, and both can be found under various brands sold to food service, retail, bulk industrial, hotels, and more. Our facility is in close proximity to California’s fertile rice growing centers and the major transportation hubs for truck, rail, and ocean shipping. Each year our facility achieves over 99% in its audit scores and has manufactured over 25 million healthy, organic bento boxes for the Japanese rail systems and airlines, impressing even the highly discerned taste palates of the Japanese consumers.
Three generations still work under the same roof in Fairfield, as Nippon Industries continues to source top quality grains from around the world and forge new trends in rice and grain offerings. Today’s consumers can look to Sonoma Valley Farms, Nippon’s flagship retail brand, to provide specialty rice and grains as together we cook toward a healthier tomorrow.
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