As the largest manufacturer of Matcha green tea in the world, Aiya is the key industry leader in Matcha production and supply since first opening its doors in 1888. Known for its innovation, consistent quality, and safety, Aiya is dedicated to using its 130+ years of experience to provide the highest quality Matcha and the most comprehensive Matcha education to the world. Aiya currently supplies Matcha to the world’s largest beverage and confectionery manufacturers, as well as world-class café chains and foodservice businesses.
#1 GLOBAL MATCHA PROVIDER
Japan produces 100,000 tons of tea every year, of which approximately 2,000 tons is Matcha. That makes Matcha the world’s most precious and unique tea, as it only represents 2% of the world’s annual tea harvest. Aiya’s average production per year reaches over 1000 tons, providing to over 50% of the market.
CONSISTENT QUALITY BY TEA SOMMELIERS
One of Aiya’s most important goals is to provide consistent quality not only throughout the year, but also every year. Matcha is always manufactured by blending from varieties of Tencha to maximize its quality. Taste, aroma, and color of Matcha are evaluated by tea sommeliers prior to grinding.
Currently, Aiya’s high quality is maintained by two in-house tea sommeliers. With more than 40 years of experience, the blend of Tencha is carefully evaluated and blended to ensure that consistent quality and grades are provided- regardless of the season.
Aiya is the first company in the Matcha industry to carry organic certifications for all international markets. USDA, QAI, OMIC, and JAS certify all organic products for the North America, European, and Japanese markets, respectively. Ensuring global organic recognition, Aiya’s clients are able to sell their wares as certified organic throughout the world.
GLOBAL SUPPORT SERVICES
Aiya offers resource offices throughout the world to support its international clientele. Run by affiliates owned by the parent company, these offices are the point of contact for orders, questions, support, import, and other tea-related solutions. No other manufacturer in this industry can provide comparable support and service. Wherever you are located – with Aiya, you are always buying directly from the source.
Our international offices are located in Europe (Hamburg), The United States (Los Angeles), China (Shanghai) and Japan headquarters (Nishio).
Aiya’s large-scale procurement process ensures consistency and quality. Because Aiya owns over 80% of the harvesting rights to the Nishio tea plantations, it can blend its teas so the final product always conforms to its strict specifications of this high-quality tea. Smaller manufacturers with limited procurement options may be subject to great fluctuations in quality: for example, one abnormal rainstorm could easily ruin the entire annual harvest.
Aiya’s market dominance is further reflected in its capacity. Housing over 1,300 granite grinding mills that are able to operate 24 hours a day, year-round, Aiya is the only company in the world with the capability to procure and manufacture enough Matcha to easily supply the North American, European, and Japanese markets combined.
Aiya continually strives to improve quality by surpassing the FSSC22000 certification standards. Every step of the production process is thoroughly monitored and documented and internal laboratory inspections are conducted to ensure that the final product conforms to our stringent standards prior to shipment. Certification of Analysis reports are submitted to our clients upon request to further guarantee product quality. Aiya holds a number of international certifications that are unmatched in the industry: FSSC22000, AIB (superior), Organic Certification by OMIC & JAS, Kosher, QAI, Gluten-Free and Non-GMO Certification.
Expansion of campus near Sioux City, Iowa will increase production capacity by about 30%.