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 (FY2023)
Japan No.1 Sales: \288,6 billion
Processed Foods Sales Composition for FY2024
Commercial-use prepared frozen foods 35.3% Household-use prepared frozen foods 30.1% Processed agricultural products 8.1% Overseas 21.3% Others 5.2%
Refrigerated Warehouse Storage Capacity for FY2024
Japan No.1 1,566 thousand tons
Overseas 5th 2,256 thousand tons

Quantifying Nichirei Group Strengths

Honkaku-Itame Cha-Han: Top Fried Rice Sales for 23 Years Running Annual sales \15 billion
Processed Foods Business

Processed Foods Business

Honkaku-Itame Cha-Han (fried rice), has produced top sales in the frozen fried rice category for 23 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 2017-February 2024) for frozen food/fried rice market sales amount (cumulative)
Source: Intage SRI(March 2001-February 2017) for frozen food/fried rice market sales amount (cumulative)

Refrigerated Warehouse Storage Capacity 2,256 thousand tons

Temperature-controlled Logistics Business

In Japan and overseas, the Nichirei Logistics Group owns refrigerated warehousing for a total of 2,256 thousand tons. In terms of the average capacity of refrigerators generally used in Japan, this is equivalent to about 11.2 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 (FY2024)
Net Sales 680.1billion yen
Operating Profit Distribution Ratio (FY2024)
Operating Profit 36.9billion 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)16,385 (as of March 31, 2024)
Retirement rate1.9%
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: Climate change initiatives, 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, our group is working on these three issues in cooperation with our business partners.

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. The CO2 emission coefficient for power is the adjusted emission coefficient for power companies as set by the Ministry of the Environment.
  2. Emissions intensity calculations include emissions from some Nichirei Foods and Nichirei Fresh factories in Japan

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.