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Drink Sake, Eat Sushi

Mr Douglas Foo
Founder & Chairman
Sakae Holdings Ltd

Sakae Sushi is a Singapore-founded trendy, quick-service kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi concept that has become synonymous with a fun-filled, value-for-money and healthy dining experience.

Serving Japanese cuisine, and catering to customers craving affordable and quality Japanese cuisine, Sakae Sushi is the flagship brand of Sakae Holdings Ltd that has been listed on the Singapore Exchange since 2003, and is the first name that will come to mind when Japanese food is mentioned.

Brought up by a strict and thrifty father, Mr Douglas Foo, Founder and Chairman of Sakae Holdings Ltd learnt the value of money early on in his life. As a schoolboy, the budding entrepreneur would save money by walking half of his commute to school and then back home, instead of conveniently taking two buses. The money-saving lesson and mentality he fostered is one that helped him raise the money to fund his many businesses. Another childhood trait that he fostered well into his working life is Mr Foo's belief in the importance of planning and managing one's time well.


About 20 years ago, the visionary realised that while Singaporeans enjoyed consuming healthy Japanese cuisine, the masses could not afford to indulge in it due to its high pricing. To make this healthy cuisine available for the masses, he researched and studied different ways, and introduced a simple three-tier pricing system which offers customers a no-frills dining experience.

Today, with over 200 gastronomic creations carefully conceptualised and crafted by its chefs, Sakae Sushi's customers can indulge generously in Japanese cuisine made with fresh and healthy ingredients, including Vitamin E enriched rice.

Today, Sakae has become the benchmark for excellence where quality and service are concerned, and continues to churn out newer innovations such as a patent portable conveyor belts for private dining events.

Mr Foo believes that it is imperative that life and business have meaning. Fittingly, the word 'Sakae' in Japanese means 'growth' and 'prosperity', and also represents 'Drink Sake, Eat Sushi'.

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