Ito En, Ltd. is the largest green tea distributor in Japan. The Ito En Group includes subsidiaries based in Japan, the United States, and Australia. Its products include unsweetened, bottled green tea and loose leaf tea. Ito En is currently the fourth largest soft drink producer in Japan, after Coca-Cola, Suntory, and Kirin Beverage. In 2006, acquired Tully’s Coffee’s business in Japan as a subsidiary. They also have a line of flavoured teas called Tea’s Tea.
ITO EN (USA) INC. established local roots when ITO EN, LTD. purchased Shimoko and Sons, Inc. (S&S) in 1987. As Hawaii’s most popular maker of Saimin noodles and Aloha Maid Tropical Fruit Drinks, the fit was a natural one. The S&S line of products was sold to Sun Noodle Hawaii, LLC in 2006.