Shima Wasabi is an innovative boutique food producing company located in northwest
All our wasabi products are 100% pure Japanese wasabi (Wasabia japonica) grown on
our own farm in the island state of Tasmania - an area world-renowned for its natural
beauty and unspoilt wilderness.
We use rainwater captured on site with a unique hydroponic production system to grow
our precious wasabi crops within climate-controlled greenhouses, to produce premium-quality
wasabi rivaling the very best produced in Japan.
Our fresh wasabi is used daily by leading chefs in dozens of Australia’s top restaurants
ranging from boutique eateries to award-winning and internationally-acclaimed establishments
in all corners of the country.
Shima Wasabi also produces concentrated dried wasabi spices for food manufacturing
which are used by customers in Australia, Asia and Europe in an ever-expanding range
of food products.
With the launch of our new Pure Wasabi Powder in 2014, Shima Wasabi is one of very
few companies worldwide able to offer a 100% pure wasabi product conveniently packaged
for home use.
Stephen and Karen Welsh accepting
Australian Micro Business of the Year
award for Shima Wasabi, at the
Telstra Australian Business Awards 2012.
From Small Beginnings…
The business was founded by Stephen and Karen Welsh in the early 2000s and over the
next 15 years they perfected the art of growing premium-quality wasabi at a commercial
scale whilst ensuring no adverse impacts on their surrounding natural environment.
In 2016 TasFoods Ltd purchased Shima Wasabi, along with several other leading Tasmanian
food companies, and now operates Shima Wasabi as part of the Tasmanian Food Co. Stephen
Welsh has stayed on with the business and oversees all daily operations.
TasFoods Ltd has invested heavily in the business with the development of a new state-of-the-art
greenhouse and crop management systems which will more than double production capacities
in mid 2017, allowing Shima Wasabi to reach out further to overseas markets with
our unique fresh and value-added wasabi products.