We want children to see how the food they eat is made and to become familiar with a fish-based diet. For this reason, the Nissui Group has been conducting plant tours for local elementary schools. At the Himeji General Plant, elementary school children were able to observe actual chikuwa-making up-close and to learn hands-on about food-manufacturing safety and security.
The “Eat Fish Project” was started in May 2013 to promote seafood consumption by the Nissui Group company, Yamatsu Suisan Co., Ltd. As part of this project, “Fish Masters” from Yamatsu Suisan have been visiting local elementary schools mainly in Niigata Prefecture. In the dialogues, the children asked numerous questions, and became very excited when they were given the opportunity to handle live fish.
Yumigahama Suisan Co., Ltd. of the Nissui Group, in cooperation with Sakaiminato-shi, Tottori Prefecture, has been holding “Coho Salmon Meetings” every year as part of food education activities to increase the interest in local foodstuff since 2013. In May 2019, it was held at all eleven nursery schools in Sakaiminato-shi and many nursery school children participated. The children enjoyed learning about the farming of coho salmon through picture-card shows and videos and cheered as an actual coho salmon was cleaned and filleted in front of their eyes. At lunchtime, the children were full of smiles as they enjoyed broiled coho salmon which was marinated in salted rice malt.
As employees of a company that handles food, Nissui employees are involved in activities to communicate the importance of diet to children. In FY2018, activities centered on such themes as “Let’s learn about the importance of food: Fish and good health,” “Learning about Osaka food culture and local fish and shellfish types through live fish and dissection,” and “Fish classroom and hotpot cooking with dissected yellowtail.” Children listened eagerly to the lecturers’ explanations as they learned about the value of nutritionally well-balanced meals and the positive effects of EPA and DHA found in fish.