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San-J soy sauce company that makes 160,000 bottles a day is a hidden gem in Henrico

September 25, 2023


For more than 200 years, San-J International has been a leading provider of soy sauce worldwide, raking in $50 million of annual revenue.

For Richmonders who purchase San-J products at their preferred supermarkets, many do not realize that the sauces are being produced in their own backyard in Henrico County.

“Most of the people who live in Richmond do not know they have this soy sauce factory nearby,” San-J President Takashi Sato said.

Sato, 51, is the eighth generation of his family to head San-J since the company was founded as San-Jirushi in 1804. He is a hands-on president who will do anything from traveling across the world to collaborate with stores and restaurants to fixing a box stuck in the assembly line while giving a tour.

“Being president of the soy sauce company is exciting,” Sato said. “Working in this industry, which is expanding, is exciting.”

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