Heigo Australia [formerly Nippon Food Distributors (Melbourne) and Taiyo Foods (Sydney)] have been supplying some of Australia’s best bars, restaurants, hotels, food retailers, caterers and manufacturers with all manner of Japanese ingredients for two decades.
From an artisanal soy sauce with a 330-year history to a special rice wine vinegar (the same one you’d find at Michelin-star restaurants in Tokyo), our products have found favour among renowned Japanese kitchens in Melbourne. And if you can't find something, let us source it for you.
Heigo Australia also has an extensive Japanese sake portfolio. Much of the sake available in Australia is from big national brands so our focus is on the beautiful hard-to-obtain sake from small family breweries with long histories of producing high-quality sake with immense care. We are currently the only sake importer dedicated to transporting our sake cold chain all the way from Japan and storing it in our -5°C degrees cool room. This ensures that the sake stays in pristine condition for our customers.
We travel to Japan regularly to meet with our brewers, so we understand the passion and process behind each bottle. We’ve also tasted every sake in our collection and selected it for its exceptional quality and character
Many small-scale breweries use locally grown rice, while recipes and craftsmanship are passed down from generation to generation of tōji (master brewer). We’re slowly ensuring that we’re representing all the different regions of Japan, as every brewery uses their own koji (fermented rice), and this, along with the type of rice, water and process, produces unique flavours and textures.
We also gravitate towards breweries that execute each step by hand rather than using machines. This means our sake tend to be made in very small batches, and many of these rare drops are only available exclusively through us in Australia.
With 20 years of sourcing and tasting up our sleeves, Heigo Australia has not only established a reputation for our passion for hunting down prestigious Japanese products, we care about the storage conditions of our sake and ingredients. We extend our services beyond just sourcing and delivering goods to our customers by providing sake education, staff training, sake/liqueur menus and consultation for the hospitality industry. Please contact us.
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