Maruha Nichiro Corporation ( is a Japanese , マルハニチロ株式会社 ) Maruha Nichiro Kabushiki-gaisha seafood company, beginning its operation in 1880, when its founder, Ikujiro Nakabe, began a fish sale business in Osaka. The company is the largest of its kind in Japan, with  Nippon Suisan Kaisha and Kyokuyo Co., Ltd. as its main competitors.
Group Slogan is "Bringing Delicious Delight to the World."
Maruha Nichiro has subsidiaries in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, across
Europe, Asia and South America.
It is listed on the
Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index.
1880 - The founder, Ikujiro Nakabe, begins purchasing fish from fishermen for sale to wholesalers at the wholesale fish market in Osaka
1904 - Operation base moved to
Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture 1924 - Incorporated as K.K. Hayashikane Shoten, ending the era of private operation
1943 - Corporate name changed to Nishi Taiyo Gyogyo Tosei K.K.
1945 - Corporate name changed to Taiyo Gyogyo K.K. (Taiyo Fishery Co., Ltd.) (virtually all overseas assets and operations lost at the end of
World War II) 1949 - Corporate headquarters moved to Tokyo
Taiyo professional baseball club (present-day Yokohama DeNA BayStars) established
1951 - Overseas operations started
1960 - Operations expanded from the marine products business into feeds and livestock production
1978 - New headquarters building completed in central Tokyo
1993 - New trademark adopted and corporate name changed to Maruha Corporation (Maruha Kabushiki Kaisha)
1996 - Acquisition of Taiyo Seafoods Co., Ltd.
2004 - Maruha Group Inc. established as a holding company
2007 - Economic union of Maruha Group Inc. and Nichiro Corporation merged into Maruha Nichiro Holdings, Inc.
 2014 - Reorganization of the company structure and adoption of the Maruha Nichiro Corporation name and listing of the company's stock on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.  References
"Corporate Data". Archived from the original on August 7, 2017 . Retrieved . April 4, 2014
"Financial Statement 2013" (PDF) . Retrieved . April 4, 2014
"Corporate History" . Retrieved . April 4, 2014
"Our values: an essential part of society". Our Values | Maruha Nichiro . Retrieved . 2019-05-13
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"Components:Nikkei Stock Average". Nikkei Inc. Retrieved . April 4, 2014
"Major seafood firms Maruha, Nichiro to merge in October". TMC News. December 11, 2006 . Retrieved . April 4, 2014
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Official website (in English)