Company History

Mar 1942 Yoshinori Okoso founded the Tokushima Meat Processing Plant located in Tokushima-shi, Japan.
Jul 1945 Tokushima Meat Processing Plant burned down during the war.
Aug 1948 Operations restarted.
Dec 1951

Tokushima Ham main plant circa 1955

Reorganized the company to form Tokushima Ham Co., Ltd., with capitalization of ¥1.5 million.

Apr 1960 Shares offered over the counter on the Osaka Securities Exchange.
Oct 1961 Listed on the 2nd Section of the Osaka Securities Exchange.
Feb 1962 Listed on the 2nd Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Aug 1963

Merger agreement signing ceremony

Merged with Torisei Ham Co., Ltd., changed the company name to Nippon Meat Packers, Inc., with capitalization of ¥703.2 million, and moved the headquarters to 2-7 Daikoku-cho, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Japan.

Dec 1967 Stock listing changed to the 1st section of both the Osaka Securities Exchange and Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Mar 1968

Poultry houses of Nippon Broiler Co., Ltd.

Entered the farm business with the establishment of Nippon Broiler Co., Ltd., as a joint company.

May 1968 Headquarters moved to 3-6-14 Minami-honmachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan.
Feb 1969

Introduced Consumer Delegate Committee System.

Apr 1973 Implemented an integrated production system of fresh meats with the establishment of Nippon Pork Co., Ltd. (now Nippon Food Packer Kagoshima, Inc.).
Nov 1973

Signing ceremony for taking over baseball team

Established pro baseball team Nippon-Ham Fighters Baseball Club.

Dec 1976 First issue of Continental Depository Receipt (C.D.R.) and listing on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
Mar 1977 Began distribution and sales of fresh meats with establishment of Sendai Food, Co., Ltd.
Mar 1977

Began overseas expansion with acquisition of Day-Lee Meats, Inc., of Los Angeles, USA (now Day-Lee Foods, Inc.).

Jan 1978 Established Nippon Meat Packers Australia Pty. Ltd. in Sydney, Australia.
Apr 1979

Fully entered the processed foods business with the establishment of Nipponham Shokuhin Co., Ltd. (now Nipponham Processed Foods Ltd.)

Jul 1981

Entered the marine foods processing business with acquisition of the Marine Foods Corporation.

Apr 1983

Carl W. Raymon and Yoshinori Okoso

Established Hakodate Carl Raymon Co., Ltd., through the acquisition of the business of Carl W. Raymon, a German-born meister.

Jan 1984 Established Research & Development Center.
Mar 1984 Entered freeze-dried foods business with establishment of Nippon Dry Foods Co., Ltd. (now successor company is Hoko Co., Ltd.)
Oct 1985 Changed settlement date from July to March.
Apr 1986

Announcement of Corporate Philosophies

Established Corporate Philosophies.

May 1986

Nippon Meat Packers U.K. Ltd.(now NH Foods U.K. Ltd.), established in London.

May 1987

Acquired Oakey Abattoir Pty. Ltd.(now Oakey Beef Exports Pty. Ltd.), a beef processor in Australia.

Jul 1987 Established Nippon Meat Packers Singapore Pte. Ltd.(now NH Foods Singapore Pte. Ltd.)
Sep 1987 Listed on the Paris Bourse.
Jul 1988

Implemented an integrated system from production to marketing of fresh meats overseas with purchase of the Whyalla Feedlot (Australia).

Oct 1988 Established Nippon Meat Packers Inc. (Chile) Y Compania Limitada.(now NH Foods Chile Y Compania Limitada)
Oct 1989

Established Thai Nippon Foods Co., Ltd.

Jan 1990 Established Nippon Meat Packers (Taiwan) Inc.(now NH Foods Taiwan Ltd.)
Feb 1990 Acquired Redondo's LLC., Hawaii's largest ham and sausage producer.
Mar 1990

Purchased beef processor Thomas Borthwick & Sons (Australia) Pty. Ltd.

Oct 1991

Research and Development Center built in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Jul 1992

Entered the fermental milk and the lactic acid bacterial beverages business with acquisition of Kansai Luna, Inc. (now NIPPON LUNA, INC.).

Apr 1993

Acquired Kamakura Ham Tomioka Co., Ltd., which was established in 1900.

Dec 1993

Participated in the establishment and operation of Osaka Football Club Co., Ltd.,(now Cerezo Osaka Co., Ltd.)

Mar 1995 Established Nippon Pure Food, Inc., to bolster the extract business.
May 1998 Established Nippon Shokuhin Mexicana S.A. de C.V.(now NH Foods Mexicana S.A.DE C.V.)
Aug 1998 Established Environmental Charter.
Nov 1999

Receiving ISO certificate

Ono Plant(now Hyogo Plant of Nipponham Factory Ltd. ) is the first in the industry to receive ISO 14001 certification.

Sep 2001 Weihai Nippon Shokuhin Co., Ltd., established in China.
Jun 2002

Established Shimodate Koubou, where consumers can enjoy sausage making.

Apr 2003 Nipponham Group made a new start by launching the new medium-term management plan (Part I).
Jul 2003 Purchased shares in Hoko Co., Ltd. (formerly Hoko Suisan Co., Ltd.), to strengthen the company's position in the marine foods and dairy products businesses.
Aug 2003


Aug 2004 Purchased shares in Maruwa & Co., Inc. to strengthen the company's position in the health foods business. (now successor company is NH Foods Ltd.)
Jan 2005 Established "Nipponham Group Brand."
Apr 2010 Revised Code of Conduct.
Jun 2011 Nippon Golden Pig Joint Stock Company Co., Ltd.(now NH Foods Vietnam Joint Stock Company), established in Vietnam.
Aug 2012 Headquarters moved to the present location in Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan.
Jan 2014 Established Nippo Food(HongKong) Co., Limited
Apr 2014 Changed the Nipponham Group Brand logo.
Apr 2014 Changed the Corporate Brand logo.
Jun 2014 Changed the English Company Name to NH Foods Ltd.
Apr 2015 Acquired Ege-Tav Ege Tarım Hayvancılık Yatırım Ticaret ve Sanayi Anonim Şirketi, a leading poultry farming company of Turkey.
Mar 2016 Established NHF Manufacturing (Malaysia) Sdn.Bhd.
Jun 2017 Acquired Breeders & Packers Uruguay S.A., a leading beef slaughterhouse of Uruguay.
Apr 2018 Unified Group Brand and Corporate Brand.