Bombay (Maharashtra) [India], Nov 7 (ANI/PRNewswire): Soy sauce is not only used in Japanese or Asian dishes, but also in more than 200 cuisines around the world. Perhaps less well known is the fact that it is a key ingredient in processed foods. According to a recent report by the Innova database which covered information on new products and ingredients from 90 countries, soy sauce as an ingredient is used in almost 90% of all processed food categories in approximately 70 countries. With soy sauce being used in nearly 90% of processed foods globally, institutional customers in India will need this all-purpose seasoning.
These categories of food products include “sauces and seasonings”, “meat, fish and eggs”, “ready to eat” and, perhaps more surprisingly, “snacks”, “bakery”, ” confectionery”, “dessert” and “ice cream”. ‘ categories as well.
According to a recent Euromonitor report, one of the key trends in the food industry globally is “convenience”. Consumers have turned to more “ready-to-eat” products. In 2021, the ready meals market in India recorded an increase of 16%, reaching a market size of Rs 13.1 billion. In 2026, this figure is expected to exceed Rs 24.2 billion.
As the world’s leading producer of naturally brewed soy sauce, Kikkoman currently serves the needs of the food and beverage industry globally. As the awareness and demand for soy sauce increases in the Indian food industry, Kikkoman India will make efforts to make the Indian food processing industry more aware of the value and necessity of using Kikkoman soy sauce. as a versatile seasoning.
The versatility of Kikkoman Soy Sauce has made it a key ingredient in many food categories – it can be used as a cooking ingredient, marinade sauce, base seasoning for vegan products, natural flavor enhancer for soups, salads, frozen pizzas, spreads, ready meals for children and even to make vanilla ice cream more delicious.
To this end, Kikkoman India has created a dedicated sales team so that food manufacturers embracing this new trend can use Kikkoman Soy Sauce in their products, knowing that their ready meals and other processed foods will be more natural and delicious.
Kikkoman’s trip to India has already been marked by a first success. It has made profound inroads in the hospitality industry. In just 18 months since its launch, the premium quality and superior taste of Kikkoman Soy Sauce has seen steady sales growth in over 30 cities through its authorized distribution network.
Many chefs have already turned to Kikkoman for the delicious flavor it adds to dishes with its natural brewing method and just four basic ingredients: soy, wheat, salt and water. Its impact can be measured by the fact that 18 million dishes* were served with Kikkoman soy sauce in India in the first year of its launch.
“Leading food manufacturers around the world use naturally brewed soy sauce to enhance the flavor profile of their product and as an alternative to salt. Kikkoman is the world’s largest producer of naturally brewed soy sauce, and we use the method traditional “honjozo” brewing process, giving rise to amino acids and other umami components that add more complexity and depth to the flavor, adding sweet and salty in addition to salty. Just like spices, the addition of Kikkoman soy sauce enhances the dish and makes it more delicious.” said Harry Hakuei Kosato, Kikkoman India Manager and India Representative.
*The figure is derived from the number of ‘Manchus’ – the favorite Indian Chinese dish – that were prepared, as shown by Kikkoman’s research. The total amount of Kikkoman soy sauce sold is divided by the amount of soy sauce typically used in that dish.
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