Frank Kawana, the fifth child of Otoichi and Kume, founds JSL Foods in Los Angeles. He begins producing Asian Noodles, Wrappers and Cookies. The Kawana family is involved with both manufacturing businesses.

JSL’s first Noodle line is installed. This machine would go on to produce more than 30 million pounds for noodle-lovers all over the United States.

JSL ramps up production at its Lincoln Heights location. Today, this plant is responsible for producing Asian Noodles, Pasta, and Grains.

Between 1991-1993, many of JSL’s classic Noodle, Wrapper and Cookie recipes are developed by its in-house Research & Development team. The original recipes are captured in these notebooks, which are still preserved today.

Teiji Kawana, Frank Kawana’s eldest son, assumes the presidency of JSL Foods – leading the company into its 3rd generation of family ownership.

JSL’s lovable Chef Yaki joins the team as a voice for innovative cooking and creative fusion concepts. As he always says, “There are no rules to stir fry!”

JSL opens its fourth manufacturing plant and the first location outside of California in Houston, Texas.

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Otoichi and Kume KawanaOpen the Yamasa Fish Cake Company in CA
JSL’s First Noodle Line Is InstalledThis Machine Would Go On To Produce More Than 30 Million Pounds For Noodle-Lovers
JSL Formally PartnersWith Nagatanien Manufacturing
Twin Dragon BrandJSL Begins Manufacturing Twin Dragon Cookies At Its Commerce Plant Location
Third Manufacturing PlantIndiana Street In Los Angeles
Between 1991-1993The Original Recipes Are Captured In These Notebooks
Frank KawanaFounds JSL Foods in Los Angeles
Amber Farms BrandManufacturing Authentic Italian Pasta And Custom American Cookies
Fortune BrandJSL Releases Its First Japanese Yakisoba Noodle Item
Teiji KawanaAssumes The Presidency Of JSL Foods
Fourth Manufacturing PlantHouston, Texas
JSL Lincoln Heights PlantToday, This Plant Is Responsible For More Than 40 Million Pounds Of Production A Year
Chef YakiThere Are No Rules To Stir Fry
Twin Dragon BrandThe First Non-GMO And All-Natural Formula To The Marketplace

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Otoichi and Kume Kawana, both immigrants from Japan, open the Yamasa Fish Cake Company in California. They manufacture and sell traditional Japanese fishcakes (surimi).

JSL begins manufacturing Twin Dragon cookies at its Commerce plant location. This item would become a staple of Asian grocery stores for the next 50 years.

JSL releases its first Japanese yakisoba noodle item under the “Laughing Buddha” Fortune Brand.

JSL launches its Amber Farms brand, which is devoted to manufacturing authentic Italian pasta and custom American cookies. Today the brand offers many Non-GMO and Gluten Free options.

JSL perfects its Twin Dragon gyoza, egg roll and wonton formula – proudly introducing the first non-GMO formula to the marketplace. The products allow for crisp texture, even browning and small bubbles.

JSL opens its third plant location on Indiana Street in Los Angeles.

JSL formally partners with Japanese manufacturing powerhouse, Nagatanien.

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Otoichi and Kume Kawana, both immigrants from Japan, open the Yamasa Fish Cake Company in California. They manufacture and sell traditional Japanese fishcakes (surimi).

JSL releases its first Japanese yakisoba noodle item under the “Laughing Buddha” Fortune Brand.

JSL perfects its Twin Dragon gyoza, egg roll and wonton formula – proudly introducing the first non-GMO formula to the marketplace. The products allow for crisp texture, even browning and small bubbles.

JSL launches its Amber Farms brand, which is devoted to manufacturing authentic Italian pasta and custom American cookies. Today the brand offers many Non-GMO and Gluten Free options.

JSL begins manufacturing Twin Dragon cookies at its Commerce plant location. This item would become a staple of Asian grocery stores for the next 50 years.

JSL opens its third plant location on Indiana Street in Los Angeles.

JSL formally partners with Japanese manufacturing powerhouse, Nagatanien.

Frank Kawana, the fifth child of Otoichi and Kume, founds JSL Foods in Los Angeles. He begins producing Asian Noodles, Wrappers and Cookies. The Kawana family is involved with both manufacturing businesses.

JSL ramps up production at its Lincoln Heights location. Today, this plant is responsible for producing Asian Noodles, Pasta, and Grains.

JSL’s lovable Chef Yaki joins the team as a voice for innovative cooking and creative fusion concepts. As he always says, “There are no rules to stir fry!”

JSL opens its fourth manufacturing plant and the first location outside of California in Houston, Texas.

JSL’s first Noodle line is installed. This machine would go on to produce more than 30 million pounds for noodle-lovers all over the United States.

Between 1991-1993, many of JSL’s classic Noodle, Wrapper and Cookie recipes are developed by its in-house Research & Development team. The original recipes are captured in these notebooks, which are still preserved today.

Teiji Kawana, Frank Kawana’s eldest son, assumes the presidency of JSL Foods – leading the company into its 3rd generation of family ownership.

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