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5 February 2024Kikkoman Introduces Its First-Ever Dark Soy Sauce Crafted for India

Kikkoman, a leader in soy sauce production with over 350 years of history, has launched its inaugural dark soy sauce tailored specifically for the Indian market. This innovative product marks a significant milestone in Kikkoman's history, as it is the first time the company has created a dark soy sauce distinctively designed for a specific region.

Recognizing the visual preference of Indian consumers for rich, dark colors in Chinese and Pan-Asian dishes, Kikkoman embarked on a four-year journey to develop a natural dark soy sauce. Unlike many dark soy sauces on the market that rely on chemicals and artificial additives for color, Kikkoman's new offering maintains its commitment to natural brewing processes.

Crafted using the same four key ingredients—soybeans, wheat, salt, and water—that define Kikkoman's classic soy sauce, the new dark soy sauce undergoes a specialized brewing process to achieve its rich, deep color. This innovative approach ensures that chefs and home cooks can enjoy a dark soy sauce that not only enhances the visual appeal of their dishes but also delivers the authentic flavor and umami that Kikkoman is renowned for.

"We set out to create a dark soy sauce that goes beyond superficial color enhancements," said Shohei Yokobari, Product Manager for Kikkoman Dark Soy Sauce. "It was a huge challenge to develop a natural product without added coloring or flavoring agents, which is why it took four years of relentless effort and innovation. We are proud to present Kikkoman Dark Soy Sauce—a culmination of our rich brewing history and cutting-edge proprietary technology."

Chefs across India have already praised the new sauce for its complex flavor profile and natural color. Chef Vikas Seth, culinary director at Embassy Leisure, Bengaluru, noted, "The flavor profile is complex and deep, and if I do a blind tasting, I can easily distinguish a dish made with Kikkoman Dark Soy Sauce from one made with other soy sauces."

Chef Huang Te Sing, executive corporate Chinese chef at The Oriental Blossom, Marine Plaza Mumbai, called the new sauce 'fantastic,' praising its umami element and perfect color balance.

Kikkoman looks forward to contributing to the enhancement of India's vibrant food culture by assisting in the creation of delicious new experiences through its products. Recognizing the richness and diversity of India's food culture, Kikkoman aspires to cater to the full spectrum of preferences.

Kikkoman Dark Soy Sauce is available in two variants: 440g and 900g, targeting the food service market.