Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Law.
Hi Jeff, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started this business due to a pivot during COVID-19. My previous business was a recruiting business in Tokyo, Japan where we partnered with hospitals to recruit foreign talent. When COVID hit, our business was forced to close, we had to let go of our employees and I was forced to come back to the US. It was a brutal time for us and everyone but I knew I needed to adapt in some way.
Living in Japan for a little while, I was so accustomed to eating wagyu beef in every bbq restaurant and wondered why “real” A5 Japanese wagyu was only accessible at Michelin star-level restaurants in the United States. I wished my friends and family could enjoy the best beef in the world like I was able to but for most people, paying $300 for a tiny piece in a fancy restaurant was not feasible.
This was when I decided to start Kai Wagyu. First starting as an online business, we were able to overnight ship a full A5 Wagyu steak to the customers’ home for only around $100. This led to us partnering with influencers, supplying butcher shops/restaurants around the country and now recently opening up our first retail shop in Costa Mesa, CA where we have all types of A5 Japanese Wagyu, Australian Wagyu, American Wagyu, an in-house premium caviar with specialty seasonings and salts.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I have learned that in business, it is never a smooth road but it’s just about how you can adapt and fix the issues at hand. We have experienced all types of struggles-hiring and retaining employees, shipping delays, new tariffs, increased costs all around, etc.
As you know, we’re big fans of Kai Wagyu Inc. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
At Kai Wagyu, every cut is premium, and every bite special. It only takes one bite—to get a taste into the world of wagyu beef and embark on a dining experience unlike any you’ve had before.
We import A5 Wagyu beef from Japan and ship directly to the customer’s home to enjoy a luxurious food experience in the comfort of their own home. We also just opened a premium butcher shop in Costa Mesa, CA with all types of A5 Wagyu, Australian Wagyu, American Wagyu, in-house premium caviar and specialty seasonings and salts. We also supply restaurants, butcher shops and private chefs around the country!
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
There is a bunch that I can name but in my opinion, the most important resource is a mentor or someone that is successful or has experience in the industry.
- Website: kaiwagyu.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaiwagyu/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaiwagyuofficial
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm5N6SMx20CWjsMCnixkRLA
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/kai-wagyu-costa-mesa