"Natural" Soy Sauce Packet

A first generation AFC pack of shoyu (soy sauce). This aluminum-made packet has the first generation AFC logo, the word NATURAL printed largely above, and the phrases “Naturally Brewed” and “No Preservatives” below to indicate the healthy nature of the product. The back of the packet has a white background with red lettering of the word KIMLAN, and Japanese characters to its right. Underneath the characters reads "soy sauce" and NET 1/4 FL. OZ. The listed ingredients are water, soybeans, wheat, salt, and sugar, and the bottom of the packet reads the distributor’s name, GOLDEN ORCHID LTD, and their company address. The red arrow on corner of the front indicates where the packet should be torn.
Individual servings of soy sauce contained in aluminum packets, along with disposable chopsticks, are provided for customers purchasing pre-packaged sushi. The disposable nature of the clear sushi trays, chopsticks, and the soy sauce packets makes eating sushi convenient.
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Object Name
soy sauce
date made
ca 1980s
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
overall: 1 3/4 in x 3 11/16 in; 4.445 cm x 9.36625 cm
place made
Chung-hua Min-kuo
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
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Work and Industry: Asian Pacific American Business
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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