Connecting People Through Our Passion For Food

ICREST was founded in 2000 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU International Inc. representing ITOCHU Corporation of Japan’s presence in North America.

Our affiliation with ITOCHU Corporation, one of the oldest and largest Japanese Trading Houses (Sogo‐Shosha) in the world greatly expands our international presence and further strengthens our ability to source and deliver superior quality products.

Our primary business is the wholesale export of Chilled and Frozen Pork, Beef and other meat products, as well as various Frozen Vegetables but since our founding in 2000, we have diversified into the wholesale import, export, and distribution of Rice, and Japanese Grocery products.

Our customers consist primarily of other Distributors, Manufacturers, and Retailers.

ITOCHU Mission

The ITOCHU group declares the spirit of “Sampo-yoshi” as our new corporate mission, which spirit originates from the message of our founder Chubei Itoh I (the merchant based in the former Ohmi Province of Japan (present-day Shiga Prefecture)).

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Our Core Values


Possessing a clear idea of the desired future, and communicating that vision and leading others to its achievement


Acting consistently with personal and professional standards and values and interacting honestly with everyone, everywhere and all the time


Accepting, respecting and working with different nationalities, genders, ages and experiences and harnessing the strength of these diverse qualities to achieve company goals


Focusing intensely and energetically on current issues, with a strong will and commitment to succeed


Undertaking new things boldly and pioneering the future with creativity and ingenuity, no matter the degree of difficulty