The cake making factory where Momofukis CEO, Masaaki Kato, was born is one of the most iconic food companies in the world.
Its founder, Masahiro Matsuoka, opened the factory to supply a global market for the iconic Momofuks “Cake” brand cake in 1979.
That same year, it made a hit with a new cake that became the first “Dinner” to hit the shelves in the U.S.
Matsuoka says the cake that won his heart was one of five that he designed for his son, Kondo.
But the next year, the company announced it would shutter its plant and relocate to a different facility in Hawaii, where the factory is now based.
“We’re very proud of it,” Matsuoya says of his son’s “Dessert” cake.
“It was our first time to celebrate a birthday.
It’s the first birthday we’ve ever celebrated.
So we’re very happy.”
The factory’s workers were so excited about their new work, they were willing to work long hours to create something special for their loved ones.
The company was sold and Matsuya was paid to leave by the U, but not before he created the next “Dinners” cake, which went on to sell over 100 million cakes worldwide.
The factory has since closed, and Mato has returned to Japan to oversee the company’s production.
He says he doesn’t regret the decision.
“I didn’t think it would end up being so big,” Mato says.
“But it did.”
The new factory has made a big difference in Matsuora’s life.
After moving back to Japan, he is now back in the United States, where he is managing the company as president.
Matsuura says the company has also benefited from his time as CEO, and he’s looking forward to working with the new employees.
“The people here are really happy to be here,” Matsumoto says.
“It’s really been a blessing for me.
I feel really honored.”