Will American grocery-shoppers buy a traditional Japanese adult beverage in aluminum cans?
Steve Vuylsteke, president and chief executive officer of Forest Grove-based SakéOne, thinks the answer is "yes."
"Particularly with the rapid growth and interest in wine in cans … it just made sense for us to explore further the idea that, 'Why not put some of our premium sakes in cans?'" Vuylsteke remarked.
SakéOne is unique in Oregon. It is the only sakery, or sake brewery, in the state. Several sake labels you may recognize from supermarket shelves or restaurant menus, like Momokawa and Moonstone, are among SakéOne's product lines.
Now, for the first time, SakéOne is rolling out two new canned sakes. The first batch has already been shipped off to distributors up and down the West Coast, Vuylsteke said, so it should only be a matter of days or weeks before they start popping up in stores.
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