Ham & bacon shop and bakery store in new facility opened by Edelweiss Farm on July 7
On July 7, Edelweiss Farm, a ham & bacon manufacturer in the city of Kitahiroshima, opened a new facility, Piccola Foresta, which includes a direct-sales shop and a bakery store. In August, the company plans to open a restaurant and create a glamping site on adjacent farmland.
The name of the facility means “small forest” in Italian, and it was a dream of the company’s CEO, Nozaki Hajime to create a place where people can come into contact with nature. The company is expanding its business in anticipation of an increase in the number of tourists visiting the city following the opening of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham professional baseball team’s new stadium, Hokkaido Ballpark F Village, next year.
The first floor of the new facility will house a direct-sales shop selling the company’s products, a wine shop, and a bakery store, while an Italian restaurant (approximately 30 seats) will open on the second floor in early August. The bakery store will mainly produce ‘bacon epi’ made with homemade bacon.
Meanwhile, the company also plans to develop a 5,000 m2 plot of farmland next to the facility and start a camping business with two camping trailers, which is scheduled to open in late August.
The agricultural corporation run by Nozaki and his colleagues has been cultivating wine grapevines since last year, and plans to produce its own wine in a few years’ time.
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