The makers of a famous Japanese sake brand plan to bring their product closer to customers in the US. They've decided to start producing the "Dassai" brand of rice wine at their own facility in the state of New York.
Sake brewer Asahi Shuzo has been exporting the brand from its base in western Japan for more than 10 years.
Now, they say they'll make a similar sake in the US.
They're responding to growing demand stateside and can also avoid the risk of the product deteriorating during shipping. Almost a hundred people toasted the company's plan in the town of Hyde Park, north of New York City.
Asahi Shuzo Chairman Hiroshi Sakurai said, "We hope to make sake in the US that's even better than what we brew in Japan. And in the future, we want to export to Europe, too."