Originally from the prefecture of Kumamoto, south of Japan, Akaushi is one of the four Japanese breeds that make up the Wagyu cattle.
Akaushi is distinguished from the rest of the Japanese cattle by differentiating features in their genotype (superb genes) and phenotype (the apparent features) . For example, Akaushi generates part of its marbling by eating grass, naturally, in the fields while the other Wagyu get their marbling by feeding on grain in the stables.
Our cattle's DNA-verified full-blood Akaushi genetics, descends directly from a Japanese Champions lineage and original breeding group that traveled from Japan to the United States in 1994. The reason we choose Akaushi cattle is simple. Of the four Japanese Wagyu breeds, Akaushi marbles the most naturally and abundantly–meaning there's an excellent dispersion of fat within the lean, leading to a vibrant taste profile and velvety texture. Not to mention … Undertones of a sophisticated and buttery flavor you can't get in any other cuts.
We're here to change the way you think of beef–forever.
We only harvest happy cows that have spent anywhere between 8 to 12 years munching grass, packing on muscle, and developing layers of buttery fat. Like a fine wine, our cows get better with age. And the resulting harvest is out of this world: luxurious marbling, with an earthy, developed grass-fed flavor. An unforgettable, distinct eating experience.
Our endless pursuit for excellence further manifests in the fact that we choose to dry-age our beef on the bone. In other words: we hang the whole carcass in our state-of-the-art fridge for a minimum of 30 days, where the moisture in the meat is allowed to escape. Evaporation shrinks the meat–concentrating its flavor as it softens in texture. The proteins and fats go through an enzymatic transformation as well. Both of these elements, the concentrated flavor and the tenderness brought about by the dry-aging process, cannot be truly replicated otherwise.
Here at INTOKU, we believe that great steaks come from the mature cows.
That's why we're going against the grain.
Our obsession in producing only cuts, burgers and ground beef of excellent aroma and appearance with a beautiful, melting, soft buttery texture sees us adhering to the highest standards in everything we do. It all requires a ton of hard work, teamwork, and commitment. That's for sure. We believe keeping close to our founding philosophy of 'doing good in secret' offers a far superior eating experience.