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Group History

1913

Foundation

Seisuke Urakami opens Urakami Shoten, a company dealing in herbal medicines, in Osaka.

1913 foundation

1926

Start of manufacture of curry

Starts manufacture and sales of the company’s original curry powder. House Curry is launched in 1928.

1926 Start of manufacture of curry

1947

Incorporated

Urakami Ryoshoku Kogyosho is established as the company starts all over again after WWII.

1947 Incorporated * The company's advertising van around 1951

1960

Renamed

Renamed House Foods Industrial Co., Ltd.

1960

Launch of solid curry roux

Launches Indian Curry, House Food’s first solid curry roux product.

1960 Launch of solid curry roux

1963

Launch of Vermont Curry

The concept is, “Your child should like it too.” It becomes a big hit, overturning the common wisdom about curry.

1963 Launch of Vermont Curry

1964

Entry into the Home dessert market

Launch of Prin Mix:The introduction of real puddings not using milk.
Fruiche, a new type of dessert, is launched in 1976.

1964 Entry into the Home dessert market

1966

Launch of instant stew

Expanding stew to households

1966 Launch of instant stew

1970

Entry into the Retort pouched products market

Kukure Stew is launched. Kukure Curry is launched in the following year.

1970 Entry into the Retort pouched products market

1971

Listing

Listed on the Tokyo and Osaka Stock Exchanges, 2nd section.

1971 Listing

1973

Entry into the Packaged noodles market

Launches Shanmen Soy-sauce Flavor and enters the market of instant noodles. Umakacchan, packaged noodles with a flavor unique to Kyushu, is launched in 1979.

1973 Entry into the Packaged noodles market

1977

Entry into the Snack foods market

After Potato Chips, Tongari Corn is launched in the following year.

1977 Entry into the Snack foods market

1980

Achieves annual sales of 100 billion yen

1981

Entry into the United States

The Los Angeles office is established

1983

Start of tofu business in the United States

House Foods & Yamauchi, Inc., now House Foods America Corporation, is established.

1983 Start of tofu business in the United States

1983

Entry into the Mineral water market

Launches Rokko-no-oishii-mizu, the first mineral water product for household use.

1983 Entry into the Mineral water market

1985

Launch of prepared food business

Delica Chef Corporation is established. Builds the first factory in Ageo-shi, Saitama

1993

Renamed

Renamed House Foods Corporation

1997

Entry into China

Opens Shanghai Curry House Restaurant.

1997 Entry into China

1997

Entry into the health foods market

Launches Pure-In in pursuit of tastiness and functionality.

1997 Entry into the health foods market

2000

Entry into Taiwan

Taiwan Curry House Restaurant, Inc., now Taiwan Ichibanya Inc., is established.

2000 entry into Taiwan

2004

Pursuit of becoming the No.1 spice manufacturer

Forms an alliance with Gaban Co., Ltd.

2004 Pursuit of becoming the No.1 spice manufacturer

2004

Launch of Ukon no Chikara

The health benefits of spices create new demand.

2004 Launch of Ukon no Chikara

2005

Launch of Vermont Curry in China

Launches the Chinese version of Vermont Curry with the aim of making curry and rice the people’s food in China.

2005 Launch of Vermont Curry in China

2006

Acquires ownership of Takeda Food

After becoming a corporate group, establishes House Wellness Foods Corporation.

2006 Acquires ownership of Takeda Food

2007

Entry into South Korea

Curry House Korea Corporation is established.

2007 Entry into South Korea

2011

Entry into Thailand

House Osotspa Foods Co., Ltd. is established and launches C-vitt in 2012.

2011 Entry into Thailand

2012

Entry into Vietnam

House Foods Vietnam Co., Ltd. is established.

2012 Entry into Vietnam

2013

Wins Ig Nobel Prize

A paper on research for developing onions that do not induce tears wins the Ig Nobel Prize.

2013 Wins Ig Nobel Prize

2013

Switch to a holding company system

Upon its centennial, House Foods takes on a holding company structure and is renamed House Foods Group Inc.

2013 Switch to a holding company system

2015

Acquires ownership of Ichibanya

Strengthens the restaurant business both domestically and internationally with the aim of spreading the tastiness of Japanese curry around the world.

2015 Acquires ownership of Ichibanya

2016

Acquires ownership of Gaban

Strengthens its position in the market of food service products in terms of spices.

2016 Acquires ownership of Gaban

2016

Established Zhejiang House Foods Co., Ltd.

Begins operations in 2018 as the third plant in China

2016 Established Zhejiang House Foods Co., Ltd.

2017

Acquires ownership of Malony

The Group adapts to the diversification of eating habits.

2017 Acquires ownership of Malony

2017

Entry into the UK

Establishes Ichibanya UK Limited. The first "Curry House CoCo Ichibanya" in Leicester Square opens in 2018

2017 Entry into the UK

2017

Establishes CVC

Establishes the House Foods Group Innovation Fund jointly with SBI Investment Co., Ltd.

2018

Entry into the lactic acid bacterium business

Launch of a lineup of products incorporating lactic acid bacterium L-137 using our proprietary technologies.

2018 Entry into the lactic acid bacterium business

2020

Entry into India

Ichibanya opens its first restaurant in India, "Curry House CoCo Ichibanya" at Cyber Hub

2020 Entry into India

2021

Strengthening governance structure for further growth

Transitions to a Company with an Audit and Supervisory Committee

2022

To expand business in Southeast Asia

House Foods Group Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. established as an intermediate holding company