Agreement to use Thai rice for awamori brewing

Agreement to use Thai rice for <em>awamori</em> brewing

On May 22, at the signing ceremony at Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, the president of the Prefectural Brewing Association Masayuki Taira (third from left) and Thai Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom (fourth from left) agreed on a partnership to develop the use of Thai rice for awamori.

May 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 22, the Prefectural Brewing Association and the Thai Rice Exporters Association entered into an agreement to promote the use of Thai rice for awamori brewing. They agreed on the safety and stable supply of Thai rice and activities to help expand the market for awamori. They will also work together to develop new projects. Thai Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom attended the signing ceremony held at the Imperial Hotel in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. In an interview with the Ryukyu Shimpo, he expressed his support for awamori market expansion by stating, “It’s a great pleasure to hear that Thai rice has been used for awamori brewing since the Ryukyu Kingdom era. I would like to welcome the agreement, not only for supplying Thai rice but also for expanding the market for awamori in Thailand.”

The president of Brewing Association, Masayuki Taira, said, “Thai rice allows awamori to keep its distinctive qualities of richness and mellowness. We would like to work together to develop a trusting relationship to bring benefits to both sides.” Vice president of the association Charoen Laothamatas stated, “I am very grateful that you recognize the quality of Thai rice. This official recognition by the Thai government to work collaboratively will strengthen the partnership for both sides.”

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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