Company Profile

Key information

Establishment 1804
Number of employees 3,800 employees in total, and 2,073 employees in Japan
* As of April 1st 2020.
Business activities Manufacturing and sales of foods, seasonings, and natto (fermented soy beans) for retail and food-service markets. (Mizkan Group)
Main locations Headquarters: 2-6, Nakamura-cho, Handa City, Aichi Pref., 475-8585
Tokyo Head Office: Kayaba-cho Nakano Building, 1-22-15, Shinkawa, Chuo Ward, Tokyo, 104-0033
London: 2nd Floor, Building 10, Chiswick Park, 566 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London, W4 5XS UK
Chicago: 1661 Feehanville Dr. Suite 100 Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 USA
Offices Japan (Headquarters, Tokyo Head Office, 8 Branch Offices, 12 Sales Offices),
London, Chicago, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Beijing
Production sites 8 sites in Japan, 16 sites in the US, and 2 sites in the UK

Performance

Mizkan Group performance (yen)

February 2020 (FY 2019)
Sales 240.7 billion (98.4%)
Operating Income 7.7 billion (59.0%)
Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) 25.7 billion (82.5%)

Area performance (yen)

February 2020 (FY 2019)
Japan + Asia Sales 119.3 billion (98.9%)
North America Sales 106.8 billion (98.1%)
Europe Sales 14.5 billion (96.5%)

* Sales in net values are indicated. Year-to-year comparison is in parentheses.

Mizkan Group history

1804 The company is founded.
1923 Establishes Nakano Sumise Co., Ltd.
1942 Establishes the Nakano Biochemical Research Center (later known as the Central Research Institute).
1954 Begins full-scale production of bottled vinegar.
Fully-automated bottling lines are launched in Handa and Amagasaki plants in 1954 and 1955 respectively.
1964 Launches Ajipon (citrus-seasoned soy sauce).
1968 “Natural Food Campaign”
Develops a campaign that emphasizes Mizkan’s commitment to quality with the slogan “Mizkan vinegar, 100% brewed.”
1971 “Going Beyond Vinegar”
Launches the “Non-Vinegar Strategy.” This aims to increase vinegar sales in tandem with the development of non-vinegar products to achieve one hundred billion yen sales.
1981 Acquires major US vinegar maker American Industries Company and starts overseas expansion in earnest.
1986 Establishes Su-no-Sato Vinegar Museum, which is opened to the public following a visit by the former Japanese imperial couple.
  • In November 2015, “Su-no-Sato” museum was reopened as the MIZKAN MUSEUM.
1992 Opens new headquarters.
1997 Invests in Asahi Foods. Begins full-scale natto (fermented soybeans) production.
1998 Launches the Kinnotsubu Natto series.
1998 Establishes Nakano Europe in the UK.
1999 Establishes Mizkan Center for Water Culture.
2004 Establishes Mizkan Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
2005 Acquires Holland House, a US retail cooking wine brand.
2005 Establishes Mizkan China Co., Ltd., a 100%-owned sales subsidiary company in Beijing, China.
2009 Acquires Kume-natto brand.
2011 Acquires Nattoichi brand.
2011 Acquires Border Foods in the US and enters the growing pepper market.
Begins making and selling green chile and jalapeno products.
2012 Acquires Sarson’s vinegar, and Haywards pickled vegetable brands in the UK.
2013 Acquires Branston sweet pickle in the UK.
2014 Acquires RAGU and Bertolli pasta sauces.
2015 Opens the MIZKAN MUSEUM, known as MIM.
2018 Publishes the Mizkan Vision Statement.
2018 Start ZENB Initiative.
2019 ZENB Brand Launches.

Mizkan Holdings Co., Ltd.

Representative Chairman and Group CEO
Mizkan Holdings Co., Ltd. Chairman Kazuhide Nakano
Born September 18, 1950 in Aichi Pref.
Foundation / Establishment Founded in 1804
Registration of Establishment August 2000
Capital Fund 10 million yen
HQ Location 2-6, Nakamura-cho, Handa City, Aichi Pref., 475-8585
TEL: +81-(0)569-21-3331
Business Operations Business administration, strategy development, and research and development for the Mizkan Group.

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