The predecessor of Jinhua Ham Factory-Yongchang Leg House was founded by Jin Shihui in 1947. The warehouse was located in Jinhua County, Zhejiang Province. It was one of the largest ham factories in Jinhua at that time. The ham produced was well-known throughout the country and well-known overseas. According to the fifteenth series of Jinhua literature and historical materials, Jin Shihui was a native of Dongyang County, Jinhua Prefecture. Dongyang ham is the top grade of ham produced in Jinhua area. Folk production began in the Tang Dynasty and flourished in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It was listed as a tribute during the Ming and Wanli years. Taking advantage of this favorable condition, Jin Shihui founded Yongchang Legs in Hangzhou in 1930 to purchase ham from his hometown workshop and transport it to Hangzhou for wholesale. The profit was substantial and it also promoted the production of ham in his hometown. However, after the victory of the Anti-Japanese War, prices in Shanghai-Hangzhou area soared and inflation greatly affected the business of Yongchang Legs. Coupled with the shortage of supplies in the Jinhua ham producing area, Yongchang Legs could not continue to operate in Hangzhou, so it moved to Jinhua County in 1947, began self-made and self-selling, and changed its name to Yongchang Legs. The front shop of Yongchang leg store and the rear shop are good at system and sales, and its business is developing very fast. With an annual output of 7,000 to 8,000 hams, it became one of the more than a dozen ham companies in Jinhua County at that time, and it was well-known.
After the liberation of Jinhua area, the demand for Jinhua ham as a local specialty rose sharply. In order to expand the scale of production, Jin Shihui initiated a joint venture with private leg stores such as Yuansheng, Jintai, Yuanlong, and Hengfeng to form the Jinlian Ham Production and Marketing Joint Venture, with an annual output of more than 24,000 hams. However, due to poor management and a fire in 1952, the main factory building was burned down and the company was paralyzed. By the production year of 1954, the output of ham had fallen to more than 8,000. In order to rescue the enterprise, the joint venture took the lead in implementing a public-private partnership in the Jinhua area in 1954 and was renamed Jinhua Ham Factory. Gong Runlong was the factory director and Jin Shihui was the private deputy factory director. The output of ham that year rose to more than 18,000. In 1956, the factory built the first new workshop on Jiefang West Road, which more than tripled the area of the whole factory. The output of ham that year reached more than 38,000, and it was awarded the certificate of excellent product by Zhejiang Province. In 1957, the number of hams in the factory increased to more than 66,000, which was the first peak production year after the public-private partnership. However, during the three-year period of natural disasters, due to the sharp decline in the source of legs, the production of ham fell. Due in the fall of 1960, the factory was merged into the state-owned Jinhua Meat Processing Plant and became a ham processing workshop of the Meat Processing Plant. For 4 consecutive years thereafter, the annual output was less than 1,000 hams.
After the Third Plenary Session of the Eleventh Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the party and government leaders in Jinhua area paid more attention to ham production. In 1979, the ham workshop was separated from the meat joint factory and set up a separate factory, still named Jinhua Ham Factory. More than 50,000 hams were produced that year, with a profit of more than 128,000 yuan. In 1980, the factory built a new factory on the current site of Wujiang West Road, covering an area of 10,000 square meters. The next year's output exceeded 60,000 hams, and the products won the National Gold Award. In December 1983, the former Federal German meat expert Ulter Fuldich visited the factory and praised "Jinhua ham is today's world-class food and first-class technology." In 1985, the Jinhua area was withdrawn and established as a city. The ham factory was renamed Zhejiang Jinhua Ham Factory, and its products won the National Gold Award again. In the second year, it won the Zhejiang Provincial New Excellent Product Golden Eagle Award. In 1988, it won the title of Provincial Priority Entering Enterprise. In 1990, Jinhua Ham won the National Gold Award again.
In 1994, the company was restructured and established Jinhua Ham Industrial Co., Ltd., and Jinhua Ham Factory in Zhejiang Province became a subsidiary of the company. Since the reform and opening up, many Jinhua ham processing workshops have appeared and all use the Jinhua ham signature. The quality of Jinhua ham on the market varies. In order to create its own brand and increase the value of commodities, our factory applied for the "Jindu" trademark in 1995, and won the title of Jinhua Famous Brand, Jinhua Famous Brand Product and Zhejiang Famous Brand Product. As of 2006, Jinhua Ham Factory has formed a scale with fixed assets of 47.83 million yuan and an annual production capacity of 150,000 Jinhua hams, making it a leading agricultural enterprise in Jinhua City. Our factory has a team of professional and technical personnel with rich experience in ham processing, quality management, and marketing, and has formulated a strict hygiene and quality inspection system. 70% of the products are sold to Hong Kong, Singapore and other places. It was successfully registered with the Singapore Bureau of Origin as early as 1992. It is the only domestic ham manufacturer that exports Jinhua ham to Singapore. In recent years, it has actively explored the Japanese market, hoping to gain a place in the Japanese market. While actively developing foreign trade, the factory also pays attention to the domestic market. The rise of the domestic catering industry and the improvement of people's living standards have also brought opportunities for the development of the ham industry. The factory's products win with quality and have successfully entered hotels, restaurants, and large supermarkets in major cities, and are very popular. Central leaders such as Zhu Rongji, Song Ping, Chen Muhua, etc. have also visited our factory in person and spoke highly of Jinhua Ham.
With the development of the market economy, the ham industry has developed rapidly and competition has become increasingly fierce. Various counterfeit and inferior products flood the market, which has brought a great impact to the ham industry. Under this circumstance, the corporate leadership is under tremendous pressure to actively expand business ideas, seek development in competition, firmly believe in the concept of winning by quality, and while fully inheriting the traditional processing technology, it also continues to innovate to make Jinhua Ham will always be fragrant everywhere.
Jindu Jinhua ham, a century-old craftsmanship, Jinhua's time-honored ham brand, is well-known for the delicacy of Chinese people all over the world