In a ceremony held on the 7th at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Kasumigaseki, Tokyo, MGM Resorts International was officially certified as an overseas Japanese food and ingredient supporter, meaning that it is utilizing authentic Japanese food products directly from Japanese suppliers.
MGM was represented by a delegation headed by Ari Kastrati, senior vice-president for food & beverage strategy, and the Japanese side was led by Japan External Trade Organization Executive Director Yasukazu Irino.
Kastrati commented that MGM is “excited to grow our partnership with Japan.”
At present, thirteen MGM restaurants are recognized as Japanese Food Supporters, with steakhouses in MGM Las Vegas IRs such as the Bellagio making out the bulk of them.
According to ministry officials, these thirteen MGM restaurants now join roughly 3,900 restaurants worldwide that have been recognized as Japanese Food Supporters.
Last September, Kastrati was reported to have met with five local seafood processing companies and a brewery in Sendai to establish relationships with the Japanese region that was devastated by the March 2011 tsunami, so this week’s certification comes after more than half a year of initiative from the MGM side. (AGB Nippon)