Nichirei’s Strengths

Creating Savory Moments

Making Japan’s Food Culture Even Better
Since its founding, Nichirei has been a pioneer in the food industry and has developed a wide range of businesses that have made us more than just simply a food producer.

Our core business is built on cooling power: the ability to ensure the long-term storage of food and, at the same time, preserve the original quality of the raw ingredients used. This has enabled us to make Japan’s food culture even better, by meeting the expectations, and earning the trust, of society as we seek further growth.

Nichirei Sales Ranking of Frozen Foods Manufacturers is No. 1

Sales Ranking of Frozen Foods Manufacturers (FY2021)
Japan No.1 Sales: \220.2 billion
Processed Foods Sales Composition for FY2022
Commercial-use prepared frozen foods 37.9% Household-use prepared frozen foods 31.5% Processed agricultural products 8.2% Overseas 16.7% Others 5.7%
Refrigerated Warehouse Storage Capacity for FY2022
Japan No.1 1,550 thousand tons
Overseas 5th 2,142 thousand tons

Quantifying Nichirei Group Strengths

Honkaku-Itame Cha-Han: Top Fried Rice Sales for 20 Years Running Annual sales \10 billion
Processed Foods Business

Processed Foods Business

Honkaku-Itame Cha-Han (fried rice), has produced top sales in the frozen fried rice category for 20 consecutive years. Among its numerous frozen family dinners, Nichirei Foods produces and sells Honkaku-Itame Cha-Han (fried rice) and Tokukara (fried chicken). In addition, it makes supermarket delicatessen and frozen foods for commercial use in restaurants.
Source: Intage SRI (March 2001–February 2021) for frozen food/fried rice category sales amount (cumulative)

Refrigerated Warehouse Storage Capacity 2,142 thousand tons

Temperature-controlled Logistics Business

In Japan and overseas, the Nichirei Logistics Group owns refrigerated warehousing for a total of 2,142 thousand tons. In terms of the average capacity of refrigerators generally used in Japan, this is equivalent to about 10.8 million units. With its temperature-controlled logistics, the Group stores, transports, and delivers frozen foods, water, livestock, poultry, and agricultural products that require controlled temperatures.

Marine, Meat and Poultry Products Business
Items Sourced from More Than 30 Nations

Marine, Meat and Poultry Products Business

Nichirei Fresh procures fresh, high-quality meat (from cattle and pigs), poultry, and marine products (such as shrimp, roe, shellfish, and octopus) from around the world.

Marine, Meat and Poultry Products Business
Influenza Detected within Five Minutes

Bioscience Business

Nichirei Bioscience is engaged in businesses that support health. One of these businesses involves the next issue of rapid diagnostic agents, including the influenza diagnostic kit. It allows the presence of an influenza infection to be detected within five minutes when the result is negative. Another enterprise is the molecular diagnostic agent business, which produces various cancer diagnostic agents.

Bioscience Business

Nichirei Group Net sales and Operating Profit by Business Segment

The Nichirei Group is expanding its business initiatives in areas, including marine, meat and poultry products; bioscience; and real estate. Its main focus, however, is on processed foods and logistics.
Each of the companies under the holding company—responsible for overall Group strategy—aims to create new value for customers through the flexible conduct of business and by planning to raise corporate value over the medium- to-long term.

Net Sales Distribution Ratio (FY2022)
Net Sales 602.7billion yen
Operating Profit Distribution Ratio (FY2022)
Operating Profit 31.4billion yen

Nichirei’s Strengths

Marketing Supply chains management Compliance Risk management

Nichirei Overseas

Processed Foods
Processed Foods
Accelerating sales expansion in the North American Asian food market
Temperature-controlled Logistics
Temperature-controlled Logistics
Promoting comprehensive logistics services in Europe based in The Netherlands
Marine, Meat and Poultry Products
Marine, Meat and Poultry Products
Strengthening sales in large-scale markets of China and North America

Caring for Human Assets

Employees (consolidated)15,296
Retirement rate2.1%
Workplace Improvement Policy
In conducting business, the Nichirei Group places the highest importance on human assets. Further, in order to invigorate our organization, improve productivity, and create a vibrant workplace it is not only on our values and ideas that we depend but, to a large extent, on our diverse human assets. In 2017, we formulated the Nichirei Group Workplace Improvement Policy, set targets for each Group company based on it, and commenced promoting a number of initiatives over a five-year period to FY2022.
One-Year Education Program
Each fiscal year, the Nichirei Group provides employees with a one-year educational program. It is devised by the Human Resources Committee in accordance with Group Education and Training Rules to support the career advancement of each employee. In addition, to improve employees’ skills, we conduct e-learning courses focused on quality, safety, governance, and compliance for all employees in Japan using the Nichirei intranet.

Environmental Initiatives

The Nichirei Group has devised the Nichirei Group Environmental Policies focused on three priority issues: prevention of global warming, promotion of sustainable recycling, and living in harmony with nature.
Since Group activities span the entire supply chain—food factories, logistics centers, and other worksites—it must play a part in the environmental initiatives and activities of both its customers and business partners. At the same time, the Group is aware of the substantial impact that climate change is having on its business, as its support of food-related infrastructure depends on natural ecosystems for raw materials. Accordingly, the Group and its business partners undertake the following:

50% reduction in CO2 emissions (compared to fiscal 2016) in Japan, Scope 1 and 2 in 2030
30% reduction in CO2 emissions (compared to fiscal 2016) in Japan, Scope 1 and 2 in 2030


  1. Fixed power emission coefficient: The CO2 emission intensity unit of 0.412 [t-CO2/MWh] announced by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan in FY2010, used nationwide.
  2. Variable power emission coefficient: Power conversion coefficient used by power companies in fiscal year utilized at each worksite.
  3. Scope of power emission intensity: Nichirei Foods (Nichirei Foods-operated factories and affiliated factories in Japan)
    and Nichirei Fresh (affiliated factories in Japan). Excluding the following factories: Nichirei Foods: Nichirei Ice Inc.; Nichirei Fresh: Nichirei Fresh Farm Inc., Fresh Chicken Karumai Inc., Fresh Meat Sakudaira Inc.

Supporting Japan’s Frozen Foods

Frozen Food Provided to the First Challenger Team in 1957
69 types|some 20 tons

A 1957 Antarctic research expedition consumed 69 types of frozen foods provided by Nippon Reizo. Totaling some 20 tons, the food included frozen vegetables and chawanmushi (steamed egg hotchpotch). Since they can be stored frozen, the vegetables played an important part in maintaining the health of expedition members.

Athletes Participating in the Tokyo Olympics Supported with Frozen Foods
Over 5,000 people

During the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Nichirei provided more than 5,000 athletes with frozen foods. Until then, frozen foods had been used only for commercial purposes. But from then on, top-class chefs studied what the best flavors and cooking methods were for frozen foods.