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We aim to cater to the needs of people and the age
we live in, by creating new value and helping people achieve a fuller culinary lifestyle.

Konjac is known as an aid to digestion, a traditional food with
a long history of continuing innovation. Continuing that tradition, we use konjac to design and create items such as convenient foods ready to eat, or delicious desserts. We are always proposing new ways to use konjac to meet the demands of our customers, and to pass on its benefits to the next generation.

Company Profile

Established
April 2000
Capital
30 million yen
Head Office / Factory Location
152 Nanjai, Tomioka-shi, Gunma Pre. 370-2464
Tel: +81(0)274-70-5005 Fax: +81(0)274-67-4303 Access >
Aizu Factory Location
1653-8 Ochiai Sabashiri, Shimogo-machi, Minamiaizu-gun, Fukushima Pre. 969-5343
Tel: +81(0)241-69-1355 Fax: +81(0)241-67-2227
Sales Offices
Tokyo Metropolitan Area Sales Office
Branch Offices
Tohoku Branch Office, Nagoya Branch Office, Kansai Branch Office
Affiliated Banks
Gunma Bank, MUFG Bank, Mizuho Bank
Business Lines
Production and sale of konjac products, confectionery products, and side dish products

Corporate History

September 1971
Began production of konjac as Tsuruta Food Co., Ltd.
at 139 Kamikobayashi, Tomioka-shi, Gunma Pre.
Capital: 17.5 million yen
Representative director: Toshiaki Tsuruta
March 1986
Changed company name to Arafune Co., Ltd.
Transferred head office to 438 Okuwahara, Shimonita-machi, Kanra-gun, Gunma Pre.
Site: 1,983 m2 Factory building: 992 m2
Capital was increased to 35 million yen
October 1987
Transferred head office to 152 Nanjai, Tomioka-shi, Gunma Pre.
October 1998
Established Dalian Shimonita Food Co., Ltd. in Dalian, China,
as a production factory for konjac products
(with capital of US$900,000)
April 2000
Established IA-Foods Co., Ltd.
(abbreviation of International Arafune Foods)
Capital: 30 million yen
Representative director: Toshiaki Tsuruta
September 2000
Began full-scale operations as a manufacturer and retailer of food products and confectionery
August 2001
Constructed a specialized factory for soups and sauces as Map Foods Co., Ltd.,
at 432-2 Tomioka, Tomioka-shi, Gunma Pre.
Site: 5,133.05 m2
Factory building: 2,527.56 m2
March 2002
Split the factory above from IA-Foods and incorporated it as Map Foods Co., Ltd.
Capital: 50 million yen
October 2002
Established the Tokyo Metropolitan Area Sales Office at 5-5-6 Higashi-Tokorozawa, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama Pre.
January 2003
Established the Kansai Branch Office
February 2004
Established Dalian Arafune Food Co., Ltd. in Dalian, China,
as production factory for konjac products, side dish products, and confectionery products (with capital of US$650,000)
March 2004
Established the Tohoku Branch Office
April 2006
Expanded the new factory
Site: 12,733 m2 Factory building: 6,903 m2
September 2009
Toshiaki Tsuruta is appointed as chairman of the board, and Sayuri Yoshida is appointed as representative director
April 2013
Established Nagoya branch office
March 2014
Merged Sakura Foods Co., Ltd. Full operation as Aizu factory
September 2015
Transferred head office and factory of Map Foods top 210-1 Takumi, Tomioka-shi, Gunma Pre. 370-2331

Head Office・Factory・Sales Headquarters

  • IA-Foods Co., Ltd.
    ● Production and sale of konjac products, confectionery products, and side dish products

    152 Nanjai, Tomioka-shi, Gunma Pre. 370-2464 Japan
    Tel: +81(0)274-70-5005 Fax: +81(0)274-67-4303
    Access MAP
  • IA-Foods Co., Ltd. Aizu Factory
    ● Production and sale of konjac products, confectionery products, and side dish products

    1653-8 Ochiai Sabashiri, Shimogo-machi, Minamiaizu-gun, Fukushima Pre. 969-5343 Japan
    Tel: +81(0)241-69-1355 Fax: +81(0)241-67-2227
    MAP

Sales Office・Branch Office

  • IA-Foods Co., Ltd.
    Tokyo Metropolitan Area Sales Office
    5-5-6 Higashi-Tokorozawa, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama Pre.
    359-0021 Japan
    Tel: +81(0)4-2951-5200 Fax: +81(0)4-2951-5300
    MAP
  • IA-Foods Co., Ltd.
    Nagoya Branch Office
    Showa Shoji Bldg. 2F, 11-2 Kokonoka Ichiba Shimoda, Tanyo-cho, Ichinomiya-shi, Aichi Pre. 491-0824 Japan
    Tel: +81(0)586-77-5087 Fax: +81(0)586-77-5087
    MAP
  • Tohoku Branch Office

  • Kansai Branch Office

Affiliated Company

  • Map Foods Co., Ltd.
    ● Production and sale of soups and sauces for cooked noodles

    210-1 Takumi, Tomioka-shi, Gunma Pre. 370-2331 Japan
    Tel: +81(0)274-89-3030 Fax: +81(0)274-89-3031
    MAP
  • Arafune Co., Ltd.
    ● Import and sale of products from China

    152 Nanjai, Tomioka-shi, Gunma Pre. 370-2464 Japan
    Tel: +81(0)274-67-3355 Fax: +81(0)274-67-4303
    MAP
  • Shimonitaya LLC
    ● Production of konjac products and shirataki noodles, etc.

    148-1 Miyamuro, Shimonita-machi, Kanra-gun, Gunma Pre.
    370-2615 Japan
    Tel: +81(0)274-82-5015 Fax: +81(0)274-82-5016
    MAP
  • Dalian Arafune Food Co., Ltd. (China)
    ● Production and sale of konjac products, confectionery products, and side dish products

    North Cangtun 72, Liangjiadian Town, Jinzhou District, Dalian, China 116045
    Tel: +86(0)411-8728-0088 Fax: +86(0)411-8728-1515
    MAP

Then and Now
We use a mix of traditional, time-consuming techniques with the latest technology to produce a whole range of products, and are able to meet our customers' specific desires with innovative proposals.
For konjac and shirataki noodles, we can even cater to customer preferences such as cut styles or combinations with other ingredients.

Main Facilities

Konjac, Shirataki Noodles, Tokoroten

  • ● Automated production line for filling and shaping raw konjac sheets
  • ● Large konjac forming production line
  • ● Automated steaming line for tray-steamed konjac
  • ● Automated production line for filling and shaping shirataki noodles
  • ● Machine for processing shirataki noodles
  • ● Large automated continuous boiler and cooling tank
  • ● Production line for tokoroten (oven and packer)

Boil-in-the-bag Food

  • ● Bagging and packaging line for side dish ingredients
  • ● Large-size boil-in-the-bag sterilizer

Jellies and Desserts

  • ● Jelly filling and packaging machine (bag type)
  • ● Dessert cooling and molding machine
  • ● Cup filling and packaging machine (round cups, angular cups, etc.)

Other Equipment

  • ● Horizontal pillow packaging machine for exterior packaging
  • ● Automatic weighing and packaging line (computer-driven scale)
  • ● Automatic cartoning machine (robot)

Quality Control

We use a range of equipment to constantly check the quality of our products, so that they are always as safe as they are delicious. We check everything, using physical, chemical and even microbial testing on a daily basis. That is our duty.

Environmental Policy

As well as producing delicious food, we have an obligation to the environment. This is reflected in the environmental policies we have set up and follow.

1. We comply with accepted laws and regulations.
2. We create environmentally friendly products.
3. We protect the environment through waste reduction.
4. We help preserve the earth by reducing our carbon footprint.
5. We work to save energy.
6. We make sure all our employees understand what's at stake.
7. We let you know how we're doing our part.

We clean our water with our wastewater-treatment facility to protect the local environment.

Located on the western edge of the Kanto Plain, we are in the heart of nature and surrounded by clean water. It is our job to make sure it stays that way so we have installed a wastewater-treatment facility for just that purpose.

Head office, Factory, Sales Department

152 Nanjai, Tomioka-shi, Gunma Pre. 370-2464 Japan
Tel: +81(0)274-70-5005 Fax: +81(0)274-67-4303

【Joshinetsu Expressway】
2 minutes by car from Shimonita Interchange

【Joshin Electric Railway】
5-minutes walk from Nanjai Station