Nishhin: 100 years of history
May 01, 2003
by Suzi Fraser
Tatebayashi Flour Milling Co., Ltd., predecessor of Nisshin Flour Milling Co., Ltd., established in Tatebayashi, Gumma prefecture, Japan, by Teiichiro Shoda.
1908: Tatebayashi Flour Milling acquired Nisshin Flour Milling Co., Ltd., a new firm that was constructing a flour mill in Yokohama, and changed the company’s name to Nisshin Flour Milling Co., Ltd. Headquarters relocated to Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
1926: Construction of Tsurumi Plant, still the company’s main plant, completed, opening up new opportunities for wheat flour exports.
1945: Reconstruction work began on war-damaged plants.
1949: Reconstruction and expansion of plants largely completed, allowing the company to meet rising demand for food in the early post-war era.
1957: The latest pneumatic conveyor systems of MIAG of Germany and Buhler Brothers of Switzerland installed at the Tsurumi Plant and Kobe Plant, respectively, ushering in a new era of modernization for Japan’s flour milling industry.
1960: Chugai Kogyo Co., Ltd., an affiliate, renamed Nisshin Feed Co., Ltd.
1961: Nisshin Flour Milling acquired the feed production and research operations of Nisshin Feed, thus launching the company’s diversification strategy.
1962: Nisshin Foods Co., Ltd. established to produce and market cake mixes.
1965: Nisshin Flour Milling acquired the production and research operations of Nisshin Foods. Nisshin Nagano Chemical Co., Ltd., a subsidiary, was renamed Nisshin Chemicals Co., Ltd.
1966: Nisshin-DCA Foods Inc., a joint venture with DCA Food Industries Inc. of the U.S., established to produce and market commercial-use donut mixes and donut-making equipment.
1967: Nisshin Foods acquired the sales operation of affiliate Ma[* No filter found for the requested operation. | In-line.PNG *]Ma[* No filter found for the requested operation. | In-line.PNG *]Macaroni Co., Ltd.
1970: Nisshin Livestock Farming Co., Ltd was established to breed livestock. Nisshin Petfood Co., Ltd. was established to market pet food.
1972: Nisshin Engineering Co., Ltd. established to perform engineering work. Daisen Ham Co., Ltd., an affiliate, renamed Nisshin Ham Co., Ltd.
1978: Fresh Food Service Co., Ltd. established to operate frozen noodle-related businesses.
1987: Nisshin Flour Milling acquired Nisshin Foods and Nisshin Chemicals.
1988: Thai Nisshin Seifun Co., Ltd., a joint venture, established, and started operation in January 1989.
1989: Nisshin Managerial Technology Center Co., Ltd. established. Nisshin Flour Milling acquired Rogers Foods Ltd., a Canadian flour milling company.
1991: Thai Nisshin-DCA Co., Ltd. and Nisshin-STC Flour Milling Co., Ltd., two joint ventures, established in Thailand. The IT Systems Department of Nisshin Flour Milling became Nisshin Information Systems Inc., an independent company.
1994: Nisshin Flour Milling acquired all the shares of Nisshin-DCA Foods that were owned by DCA Food Industries Inc.
1995: Higashi-Nada Plant and Kobe Plant damaged by the Great Hanshin Earthquake, but reinstated within the year.
1996: Nisshin Kyorin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. established as a joint venture between Nisshin Flour Milling and Kyorin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Medallion Foods Inc. established in Washington State to produce and market pasta in the U.S.
1997: Nisshin-DCA Foods and Thai Nisshin-DCA renamed Nisshin Technomic Co., Ltd. and Thai Nisshin Technomic Co., Ltd., respectively. Nisshin Flour Milling’s frozen foods operation incorporated as Nisshin Foods Co., Ltd.
1998: Nisshin Flour Milling acquired a headquarters building in Kanda-Nishiki-cho and relocated the headquarters in March.
1999: Nisshin Flour Milling acquired Nisshin Technomic Co., Ltd. Earthquake-proofing work completed on the Koami-cho Building (the former corporate headquarters).
2000: Nisshin Flour Milling celebrated its100th anniversary in October.
2001: Nisshin Seifun Group started new group management in July. So-shoku Club started.
2002: Qindao Nisshin Seifun Foods coating mix business established in China. Tsurumi G-Mill completed; production at Tatebayashi Mill closed down.