|Company name||Aizufujikako Co., Ltd.|
|Location||15-1, Aza Miyashita, Oaza Kamiarakuda, Machikita-machi, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima|
|Capital||62 million yen|
|Category||Fully artificial light-type closed plant factory|
|Major products||Leaf lettuce|
|Production volume||64 tons / year|
|Actual land area||2,069m2|
|Number of employees required for cultivation（person/ha）||4 persons / 0.025 ha|
|Picture of building|
|Features of the vegetable(s)||
We produce leaf lettuce with the following characteristics;
As a part the effort to ensure safety and quality, regular inspections by the external agencies are undertaken on the following items:
|Features of the plant factory||
We developed an original packaged layout and design which maximizes productivity by optimizing the efficiency of cultivation and working space for employees based on our own experience of operating plant factories. The plant factory can be installed in various types of space.
|Other features (such as contribution to disaster areas)||
We achieved the world's first mass production of functional vegetable with low potassium, which dialysis patients or kidney disease patients under potassium-intake restrictions can safely eat. This is a unique product which can serve all those who are suffering from dietary restrictions not only in Japan but also all around the world.
Currently, there are 0.3 million dialysis patients, 2 million potential dialysis patients, and 15 million of patients with kidney disease in Japan. This means 1 of 10 Japanese are suffering from renal disease, and most of them are following dietary instructions to restrict their intake of raw vegetables and fruit which are rich in potassium. Furthermore, it is said that there are 2 million dialysis patients and 0.6 billion kidney disease patients around the world who need to follow dietary restrictions similar to the ones imposed on Japanese patients. Our vegetable is an innovative product which will change the boundaries of what is edible and what is not for such patients. We are now researching and developing our lineup of low potassium fruit and vegetables including melons, tomatoes, and strawberries in the hope that more people can enjoy the pleasure of having the same food as their family when dining, or having the fruit and vegetables they wish.
Functional foods like our vegetable will not take away from the market of farmers or compete with the price of their products, since its market is different from the general market for vegetables that are produced and distributed by farmers.
We obtained the ISP22000:2005, ISO 9001:2008, and ISO14001:2004 standards.
It is also possible to support dialysis patients under circumstances like that of the Great East Japan Earthquake where dialysis treatment is not available, by preparing a system to distribute low-potassium lettuce as an emergency relief supply across Japan.