Mizkan News


Hispanic Shoppers Moving to the Mainstream

The acculturation of many Hispanic consumers has begun to affect their food-buying habits, according to the market research firm Packaged Facts, and those evolving habits mirror those of the mainstream market. Read the full article here.


10 Awesome Vinegar Life Hacks

There is no shortage of consumer vinegar tips on the web. Check out this video with ten quick-and-easy vinegar tips.


Mizkan Group to Acquire Ragú & Bertolli From Unilever

Ragú and Bertolli offer wide-ranging strategic and financial benefits for Mizkan. The US$2.15 billion transaction marks an important milestone in Mizkan’s global expansion strategy. Mizkan is strongly committed to long-term growth of Ragú and Bertolli. Read the full article here.


Sauce up Sales

Flip to page 62 of the May 2014 issue of Store Brands Magazine to read about what Mizkan professionals have to say about the rising popularity of ethnic marinades and sauces in relation to cleaner labels and consumer-friendly packaging.


How to Use Vinegar, from Malt to Sherry to Cider

This article from Bon Appetit offers some great tips on how to use different types of vinegars to compliment your day-to-day meals.


Functional Properties of Vinegar

From the Journal of Food Science, a publication of the Institute of Food Technologies, this research-driven article aims to discuss vinegar history, production, varieties, acetic acid bacteria, and functional properties of vinegars.


Complex Cravings

In the February 2014 issue of Prepared Foods, Barbara Zatto, director of culinary and sales manager-West for Mizkan America Food Ingredients division, discusses the distancing of the consumer market from simply spicy, hot food and the growing demand for the juxtaposition of heat, sweet, hot, sour, and umami flavors.


Breaking the Rules, September 2013

No longer are the safe flavors of ketchup and barbeque sauce sought out by consumers. What really impresses the modern day customer are bold ethnic sauces. Culinary professionals give advice on how to incorporate these ethnic flavors successfully in the American marketplace. See what Barbara Zatto, director of culinary for Mizkan America Inc., has to say in this Culinology article.


Mizkan America Food Ingredients Names New Product Development Manager

Mizkan America announces that its Food Ingredients division has promoted Maggie Harvey to the position of New Product Development Manager at the company’s research and development facility in Lake Alfred, FL.  Read more


New Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar flavors announced

Food Business News recently featured the latest flavors of Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegars.  Citrus and Mango have been added to the Nakano line up as two new on-trend flavors.


Angostura® aromatic bitters, it's not just for cocktails

Read the article, "A Question of Taste..." featured in The Cocktail Lovers, Spring 2013 issue to learn how bitters is making meals better.

Saké Cooking Wine Reviewed by Food Writer, Bonnie Leblang

Our Holland House Saké Cooking Wine is getting rave reviews from foodies on the Bite of the Best website. Check out the listing in the "Bite of the Rest" section.

New Report Suggests Peppers May Protect Against Parkinsons

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) recently reported on a study published in the Annals of Neurology which shows that eating foods from the Solanaceae family, which contain naturally-occurring nicotine, may be able reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Foods in the Solanaceae family include peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes.  Read the full article here.

Mizkan America Acquires U.K. Brands

Mizkan has entered into an agreement to buy the sweet pickles and table sauces business units of Premier Foods, which includes the company’s Branston sweet pickle, ketchup, relish, salad cream and mayonnaise product lines. Read the announcement featured in Food Business News.


Angostura® aromatic bitters, part of a Kentucky tradition

The Kentucky Derby and Mint Juleps go hand-in-hand. The "Don Juan Julep" featuring Angostura® aromatic bitters has been highlighted at Time.com. Read more about this classic cocktail.

U.S. Bartender Wins Global Cocktail Challenge

Congratulations to all three of our North American competitors who participated in the Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge in Trindad. We're proud to announce that one of our very own, David Delaney Jr. from Still & Stir in Worcester, MA, took home the Grand Prize! Visit the Angostura® aromatic bitters Facebook page to see photos from the event and the winning recipes.

Holland House Red Wine Vinegar and White Wine Vinegar have both earned the Cooking Club of America Seal of Approval.


Congratulations Bartenders

Three winners were recently selected to represent North America in the Global Cocktail Challenge. And, visit the Angostura® aromatic bitters Facebook page to see photos and the winning recipes from the 2011 the Angostura Aromatic Bitters Cocktail Challenge. 

New to the Mizkan America Family!

Border Foods logoWe are proud to announce the recent acquisition of Border Foods, the nation's oldest and most established processors of Green Chile, Jalapeño and Tomatillo peppers and manufacturers of enchilada sauces for both the branded and private label markets.  Learn more about Border Foods.


The 2011 votes are in and Mizkan America has been awarded the Category Colonel Gold Award in the Vinegar Category. A Category Colonel Award represents the highest level of achievement available to suppliers in the private label industry. This marks the sixth consecutive year Mizkan has won this prestigious award from PL Buyer.


Many of your favorite Mizkan America brands have gone social! You can now follow NAKANOHolland HouseWorld Harbors and Angostura Bitters on Facebook.  And, if you prefer Twitter, you can follow @NakanoSplash and @AngosturaUSA to get all our latest news, tips and recipes.


We are relieved to report that all of the Mizkan Group employees in Japan and their families are safe and accounted for at this time. While there have been some minor injuries as a result of the earthquake and tsunami, none of those injuries are life-threatening.

Several of our Mizkan facilities in Japan have sustained minor damage, but all of them are still operational at this time. Production has been interrupted in some cases due to lack of power and other utilities or due to the inability to get on-time shipments of raw materials as a result of the disaster.  Read more and learn how you can help.


Mizkan America is pleased to introduce new labels for NAKANO Seasoned Rice Vinegars. The same great NAKANO flavors you love will be found on store shelves with new labels very soon. Visit our Products & Flavors page for a preview of the fresh, new labels.


Congratulations to Milena Warns from New York City for winning the World Harbors Adventures in Flavor Sweepstakes. Milena and one lucky guest will experience island flavors first-hand as they cruise the Caribbean this winter!

Be sure to check out all of our brand pages on Facebook and stay tuned for exciting new sweepstakes and giveaways! 


According to researchers, there is evidence that vinegar sinks risk factors that may lead to memory decline and dementia -- namely, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, diabetes and prediabetes, and weight gain. While vinegar does not confront Alzheimer's directly, studies at Arizona State University have found that vinegar can curb appetite and food intake, helping prevent weight gain and obesity. Swedish investigators agree. In one study, downing two or three tablespoons of vinegar with white bread cut expected rises in insulin and blood sugar by about 25 percent. Pour on the vinegar -- add it to salad dressings, eat it by the spoonful, even mix it into a glass of drinking water. Any type of vinegar works because it's the acidity that counts. -- Source: AOL Health and "100 SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT ALZHEIMER'S AND AGE-RELATED MEMORY LOSS" by Jean Carper. 
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Nakano has been awarded the Cooking Club of America Seal of Approval. The club recently conducted product testing of Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar with its members. 

Club members gave Nakano an approval rating of 94%!! This product review will be featured in the upcoming August/September issue of Cooking Club magazine and in the member tested section of the website. 

For those of you not familiar with the Cooking Club of America, they have a membership of 500,000 passionate and enthusiastic cooks.


We're pleased to announce that Holland House Red Wine Vinegar has been named a Cooking Light Pantry Staple.