A Content-Driven Drupal Experience
Meet Mishima Reserve
Mishima Reserve approaches the cultivation of its American Wagyu Beef and the care of their stock with the chef in mind. Taste begins with bloodline: known worldwide as the best source of beef, Mishima Reserve is one of the first American cultivators of Wagyu Beef.
Since its beginnings, Mishima Reserve has grown to become a well-respected supplier of craft beef to the finest restaurants in the world. Mishima Reserve wanted to further enable that growth with a direct-to-consumer online store that would allow consumers easier access to their superior product and delivery to their door.
Creating Growth Potential
After building and running a successful online store for more than two years, Mishima Reserve made a shift to handle their ecommerce through a partnership approach with Crowd Cow rather than continuing to sell on their own ecommerce website.
This option made the most sense for their company’s future growth and we were there to help their team essentially “decouple” their CMS for content marketing with their previous ecommerce platform.
Elevating Content Management
Fortuitously, Mishima Reserve launched with a strong content marketing strategy, and the original website was built with a dedicated CMS to push their online presence further with the ability to directly create and manage sophisticated content.
The homepage, blog, recipes, experiences and everything except the product catalog was built in the Drupal CMS. Drupal is an open source platform that allows administrators to make quick and significant changes, which is what makes it such an appealing choice for a growing website. From their Drupal website, Mishima Reserve can manage complex content tasks, easily creating new page layouts, managing information architecture, and formatting and uploading all media types.
We sunset the Magento ecommerce platform (which you can read more about below), and rebuilt the catalog and product pages in the Drupal CMS. The “Purchase” buttons on the product pages now link over to the Crowd Cow website for customers to complete purchase and delivery.
The original branded commerce store
The original solution for Mishima Reserve was an ecommerce website built on Adobe Commerce — a flexible, ecommerce system that allows companies to easily extend functionality through (often pre-built) extensions. Through Adobe Commerce, Mishima Reserve website administrators could use enterprise-level ecommerce features from easily managed administrative suites. We were able to build many custom features to help support the unique nature of their business. These included custom checkout flows, delivery date selectors, and lots of reporting and attribution features.
The updated Mishima Reserve website went live in summer 2021.