1871年春天,曾高祖父高植桂先生,在現在的台北市大同區大橋頭附近開設了一間染布行,名稱就叫「義美」;1875年,他的參男高墀喬(高喬)先生 (即筆者的曾祖父) 成年,也加入「義美」協助工作,一直順利地經營,過著小康生活的日子,直到1884年法國派兵攻打淡水後,民心開始浮動不安,生意就變得較難經營;但仍設法維持著染布行的經營。

In the spring of 1871, my great-great-grandfather Kao Chih-kuei opened a fabric dyeing shop called I-Mei at Daqiaotou in what is now the Datong District of Taipei. In 1875 his third son Kao Chih-chiao (my greatgrandfather),joined the family business as an assistant. The company flourished and the Kaos lived well until 1884 when France sent troops to attack the port of Tamsui. It was a time of anxiety and uneasiness, and it became much more difficult to run a business; still the family managed to keep its shop going.

1894年農曆8月間,曾高祖父高植桂先生不幸過逝;1895年日本派兵佔領台灣前後,經營就變得更加困難,只能維持著慘淡經營的局面;所以,1905年間,曾祖父高墀喬先生就結束了「義美」染布行的生意。

Kao Chih-kuei passed away in the eighth month of the lunar calendar in 1894, and in the following year Japanese troops occupied Taiwan. Times were hard once more,and the family struggled to keep the shop open. By 1905,however, the situation became hopeless, and Kao Chihchiao made the difficult decision to shutter the dyeing shop after 30 years of doing business.

1934年初,祖父高番王先生、祖母高陳秀英女士計劃創業,開設餅店於原來「台灣文化協會的創立者---蔣渭水醫師」經營的「大安醫院」之原址;但在想不到要使用什麼店名之時,祖父突然想到他的祖父、父親曾使用「義美」之名,經營染布行;於是,就決定將「義美」二字,使用於當年3月30日(農曆2月16)新開之餅店;這就是「義美商店」名稱的由來;而「義美商店」正是「義美食品公司」的前身。

In early 1934, my grandfather Kao Fan-wang and my grandmother Chen Hsiu-ying opened a bakery on a site that had previously been Daan Hospital, run by Chiang Wei-shui, the founder of the Taiwan Cultural Association. Casting around for a name for the bakery, Kao Fan-wang suddenly thought of Kao Chih-kuei and his I-Mei fabric dyeing shop. The bakery opened on March 30 (the 16th day of the second month of the lunar year) under the name I-Mei Store; the predecessor of today's I-Mei Foods.

父親高騰蛟先生自1937年11月21日祖父過逝(16歲時)後,與祖母、及姑姑、叔叔們接手經營後,至今76年,已將義美產品行銷至世界各地,「義美IMEI」品牌也獲得國內外消費者的認同;父親一生奉獻工作,直到2010年9月6日清晨8點5分準備上班前,安祥過逝的那一刻止;在他89歲的人生旅途中,極盡腦力、體力、全心奉獻「義美」品牌、與台灣的食品產業,奠定企業能夠永續經營、為社會、為公義、為環保、為消費者、為台灣人,繼續提供服務的延續發展。

My father Kao Teng-chiao took over the business at the age of 16 on November 21, 1937, after his grandfather passed away, working with my grandmother, aunts and uncles to expand the business. In the nearly 76 years since that day, the family has grown the I-Mei brand and won the loyalty of consumers at home and abroad for its products and service. My father devoted his life to I-Mei, working tirelessly until September 6, 2010, when he passed away serenely early in the morning as he readied to go to work. In his 89-year journey he gave the very best of his intellectual and physical capabilities to I-Mei, striving at the same time for issues like social justice and environmental protection and always providing the best in service for I-Mei's customers and for the people of Taiwan.

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