Kagome is a Japanese food products company selling across six continents, with only three facilities in the United States – one in Mississippi County and two others in California. The Kagome name derives from the bamboo baskets, used to carry the fresh vegetables of their first sauces. Today, in Osceola, Arkansas, the company continues their tradition of producing sauces and margarines from quality ingredients. In 2008, Kagome acquired Creative Foods which was established in 1947. The continuous production at this facility makes it one of the oldest manufacturers in the county.
Rail, river access and Interstate-55 attracted Kagome to Mississippi County in the beginning. The central market location in the US is an asset for Kagome’s distribution. Arkansas Northeastern College actively partners with Kagome to train and upskill incumbent workers. Incentives from Mississippi County, administered through the Great River Economic Development Foundation, helped Kagome to upgrade the facility as well as their wastewater treatment plant. Additionally, Kagome received invaluable assistance from the Mayor of Osceola, utility companies and city workers.
Quality Partnership Award from Papa John’s
KFC Star Award in Innovation
Kagome Corporate Office recognized plant for Safety Record of 8 years no lost time injuries (recorded July 2020)