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Filson stays faithful to its American heritage

Oct 27, 2017
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Few retailers have defied expectations by thriving in an industry characterized by fleeting trends and changing buying habits like Filson has. Visit any Filson store or their website and the brand’s century-plus history comes to life.

Filson’s ¬flagship store in Seattle

For the last 120 years, Filson has remained true to its heritage. That faithfulness has resulted in a loyal clientele, with new customers drawn daily to its authentic outdoor clothing, bags, jackets and accessories.

Many of Filson’s products are still made in its two Seattle factories, one of which is located in the same building as its flagship store. Customers visiting Filson’s Seattle store in SoDo are able to witness the manufacturing process of the brand’s iconic Rugged Twill luggage.

Filson, while narrowly distributed in Japan, remains a highly treasured and exclusive brand there. Now, with its local partners, Filson has just opened a store in the Nakameguro district of Tokyo. The store address is 1-21-11 Aobadai, Nakameguro, Meguro Ward.

With products that age wonderfully and are covered by an ironclad guarantee, Filson combines form and function in products that appeal to young and old and can be passed down to the next generation.

Tacoma: Home to America’s Mount Fuji and world-class innovative businesses

Oct 27, 2017
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Pierce County surrounds visitors and businesses with beauty. From the Cascade Mountains in the east to lovely Puget Sound in the west, the county never fails to amaze. It’s home to majestic Mount Rainier, a 4,392 m peak that locals call their Mount Fuji.

Mount Rainier in Pierce County

Pierce County, and its largest city, Tacoma, are centers of business innovation. It is home to more than 70 aerospace companies, which moved there to take advantage of the abundance of resources and talented workers.­

Japanese logistics powerhouse Mitsui-Soko is one of the newest additions to the region’s aerospace industry. Toray Composites, the innovative leader in industrial composites, recently completed a multimillion-dollar expansion of their production facility. The county is also home to developers, as well as manufacturing and industrial companies.

Legendary hiking, skiing and boating showcase the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Golfers never miss Chambers Bay, a breathtaking golf course that hosted the 2015 U.S. Open Championships. 

Convenient to SeaTac International Airport, Tacoma’s historic downtown is home to museums, first-rate hotels like Conde Nast-ranked Hotel Murano, a thriving foodie culture and a growing craft beverage industry.

But what sets Tacoma and Pierce County apart is teamwork and grit. The county has fully embraced the kaizen, continual improvement, ethos. Businesses and individuals looking to forge long-term partnerships are invited to this corner of the world.

Kibun Foods: Success with the right partners

Oct 27, 2017
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When Kibun Foods Inc. entered the U.S. market in 1978, the Japanese company chose Seattle for its base because the city is renowned as the epicenter for Alaska pollock, the biggest ingredient used in its food products.

Nearly 40 years later, Kibun Foods (U.S.A.), Inc. has proven to be a valuable asset to the parent company through its three key departments: Traditional Products ImportsIngredient Exports, and Agriculture Exports.

Sales of Kibun’s Healthy Noodle line are expected to surge next year.

“As the only subsidiary outside Asia, our operations are very important to the group. We have a subsidiary in Thailand, which focuses mainly on manufacturing, while we focus on sales and marketing to the Americas,” Kibun Foods USA President Kentaro Aoki said.

With imports being a core focus of its business, Kibun USA added new items on a sales channel separate from its traditional Asian market distribution. Through retail giant Costco, the company launched Healthy Noodle, a sugar-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free and dairy free alternative to traditional pasta.

“This is a game changer for us,” Aoki stressed.

This year, sales of Healthy Noodle are expected to be seven times higher than its sales in 2016.

“With the success of this product, we plan to introduce an Asian version of Healthy Noodle for distribution to Kibun’s Traditional sales and marketing networks in the U.S. this fall,” Aoki said.

Northwest USA 2017 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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