[WORLDKINGS – WOWTIMES - ALMANAC EVENTS & ACHIEVEMENTS 2022] Highlights during 79 years of development of Maruha Nichiro, largest seafood company (1943)


(worldkings.org) Tokyo, Japan-based Maruha Nichiro is the world's largest seafood company by revenue, with FY2020 sales of JPY 905.2 billion (USD 8.4 billion, EUR 7.5 billion).

Maruha Nichiro Corporation (Maruha Nichiro Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese seafood company, beginning its operation in 1880, when its founder, Ikujiro Nakabe, began a fish sale business in Osaka. The company is the largest of its kind in Japan, with Nippon Suisan Kaisha and Kyokuyo Co., Ltd. as its main competitors.

Maruha Nichiro has subsidiaries in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, across Europe, Asia and South America. It is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index.

(WOWTIMES) Maruha Nichiro’s history and milestones

  • 1880 - The founder, Ikujiro Nakabe, begins purchasing fish from fishermen for sale to wholesalers at the wholesale fish market in Osaka
  • 1904 - Operation base moved to Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • 1924 - Incorporated as K.K. Hayashikane Shoten, ending the era of private operation
  • 1943 - Corporate name changed to Nishi Taiyo Gyogyo Tosei K.K.
  • 1945 - Corporate name changed to Taiyo Gyogyo K.K. (Taiyo Fishery Co., Ltd.) (virtually all overseas assets and operations lost at the end of World War II)
  • 1949 - Corporate headquarters moved to Tokyo. Taiyo professional baseball club (present-day Yokohama DeNA BayStars) established
  • 1951 - Overseas operations started
  • 1960 - Operations expanded from the marine products business into feeds and livestock production
  • 1978 - New headquarters building completed in central Tokyo
  • 1993 - New trademark adopted and corporate name changed to Maruha Corporation (Maruha Kabushiki Kaisha)
  • 1996 - Acquisition of Taiyo Seafoods Co., Ltd.
  • 2004 - Maruha Group Inc. established as a holding company
  • 2007 - Economic union of Maruha Group Inc. and Nichiro Corporation merged into Maruha Nichiro Holdings, Inc.
  • 2011 - Sold Yokohama BayStars to DeNA.
  • 2014 - Reorganization of the company structure and adoption of the Maruha Nichiro Corporation name and listing of the company's stock on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • 2017 - The reconstructed Ishinomaki Factory begins operations after suffered a lot of damage in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake
  • 2018 - Maruha Nichiro set a dedicated goal of establishing the Maruha Nichiro brand as an integrated food company


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