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Japan-Based Dassai Establishes Hyde Park, New York, Operations

Japan-based Dassai, a premium sake brand, will establish operations in Hyde Park, New York. The $80 million project is expected to create 32 jobs in Dutchess County.

The investment includes a 55,000-square-foot brewery and tasting room.

"We want to express our sincere gratitude to Governor Kathy Hochul and Empire State Development for their support,” said Dassai Chairman Hiroshi Sakurai. “ The expansion of production to the United States is a significant step towards realizing the desire I had when I started Dassai 30 years ago, which was to have Dassai enjoyed all over the world.”

Empire State Development offered Dassai up to $588,235 in performance-based tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program.

“New York’s craft beverage manufacturers are engines for job creation, tourism, and regional economic growth,” Governor Kathy Hochul noted. “Dassai’s expansion into the Mid-Hudson Region builds on New York’s national and international leadership in agribusiness and will be a welcome addition to this industry.”

A Junmai Daiginjo-only sake, Dassai is made from 100 percent Yamada Nishiki rice. The company still utilizes craft sake methods, making sake batch-by-batch, using handmade koji, and fermenting in each small tank.

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