In March 1964, the founder Taro Otomo established Nitto Oil Company in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo to sell fishing boat fuel and similar products. In October of the same year, the company, renamed as Nichiyo Sangyo Company, began to sell food products required in the operation of fishing boats in addition to the fuel.

 

In November 1966, the company established a new plant in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo in order to expand the business by producing and selling salads, and entered the food production industry.

 

The company history is outlined in the below chronology:

September 1967:

Established the Shinjuku Plant in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, for the production and sale of bread products.

July 1971:

Established a subsidiary, the Nichiyo Foods Company (currently Nichiyo Co., Ltd.), in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, for the import and sale of food materials and ingredients (currently a consolidated subsidiary).

June 1974:

Moved the headquarters to Kodaira City, Tokyo.

June 1975:

Established a subsidiary, Nichiyo Delica Co., Ltd. (renamed to Warabeya Honten Co., Ltd. in June 1976), in Kodaira City, Tokyo, for the production and sale of cooked rice products.

March 1976:

Established Murayama Plant of Nichiyo Delica Co., Ltd., in Musashimurayama City, Tokyo.

October 1976:

Established Yokohama Plant in Midori Ward (now Tsuzuki Ward), Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

June 1978:

Started business with Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd.

January 1979:

Established an affiliate company of Nichiyo Facilities and Equipment Co., Ltd. (currently Prosystas Co., Ltd.) in Kodaira City, Tokyo, for the sale of food production machineries and equipment (currently a consolidated subsidiary).

January 1981:

Warabeya Honten Co., Ltd. established an affiliate company of Hotaka Co., Ltd. in Ueda City, Nagoya Prefecture, for the production and sale of cooked rice products and bread products.

June 1982:

Established an affiliate of Tokyo Bento Nichiyo, Inc. (currently Warabeya U.S.A., Inc.) in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., for the production and sale of cooked rice products (currently a consolidated subsidiary).

March 1984:

Absorbed and merged Warabeya Honten Co., Ltd., and changed the name to Warabeya Nichiyo Co., Ltd.

November 1984:

Established Gunma Plant in Nitta District (today Ota City), Gunma Prefecture.

August 1987:

Established Niigata Plant in Mitsuke, Niigata Prefecture.

August 1987:

Fully acquired Nichiyo Logistics Co., Ltd., renaming Bestrans Co., Ltd., as a subsidiary for the food-related delivery business in Kodaira City, Tokyo .

December 1987:

Established Tochigi Plant in Shimotsuga District (today Tochigi City), Tochigi Prefecture.

January 1988:

Established Chiba Plant in Sodegaura City, Chiba Prefecture.

January 1992:

Absorbed and merged with Hotaka Co., Ltd.

July 1992:

Established Omiya Plant in Omiya City (today Kita-ku, Saitama City), Saitama Prefecture.

August 1992:

Established Iruma Plant in Iruma, Saitama Prefecture, for the production and sale of side dish-type food products.

June 1993:

Nichiyo Co., Ltd. established Nichiyo Fresh Co., Ltd. in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, for the production of salmon fillet (currently a consolidated subsidiary).

February 1995:

Established Ibaraki Plant in Niihari District (today Omitama City), Ibaraki Prefecture.

July 1995:

Registered the company stock with Japan Securities Dealers Association as over-the-counter stock.

February 1995:

Established a subsidiary of Warabeya Fukushima Co., Ltd. in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, for the production of cooked rice products and sales in the Fukushima area.

 

May 1996:

Established a subsidiary of Warabeya Kansai Co., Ltd. in Settsu City, Osaka Prefecture, for the production of cooked rice products and sales in the Kansai area.

July 1997:

Warabeya Kansai Co., Ltd. established Shiga Plant in Yasu-cho (today Yasu City), Shiga Prefecture.

November 1999:

Listed in the Second Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange.

June 2000:

Warabeya Kansai Co., Ltd. established Sakai Plant in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture.

March 2002:

Established Sagamihara Plant in Sagamihara (today Chuo Ward, Sagamihara City), Kanagawa Prefecture.

July 2002:

Established a subsidiary of Warabeya Tokai Co., Ltd. in Nisshin City, Aichi Prefecture, and established and began operations at Nagoya Plant in December, for the production of cooked rice products and sales in the Tokai area.

August 2003:

Listed in the First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange.

March 2005:

Fully acquired Delicaland Co., Ltd., and renamed to Warabeya Hokkaido Co., Ltd., as a subsidiary for the production of cooked rice products and sales in the Hokkaido region.

March 2005:

Established a subsidiary of Warabeya Co., Ltd. (name changed to Delimor Co., Ltd. in March 2009) in Yoshikawa City, Saitama Prefecture, and established and began operations at the Saitama Plant in February 2006, for the production and sale of cooked rice products for Ito-Yokado.

October 2006:

Warabeya Kansai Co., Ltd. began operation at Miki Plant in Miki City, Hyogo Prefecture.

April 2007:

Established Tokyo Plant in Musashimurayama City, Tokyo.

October 2007:

Nichiyo Co., Ltd. established Nichiman Co., Ltd. in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, for the farming, processing, and sale of eel.

September 2009:

Established Minami Alps Plant in Minami-Alps City, Yamanashi Prefecture.

December 2009:

Warabeya Tokai Co., Ltd. established Hokuriku Plant in Hakusan City, Ishikawa Prefecture.

 

 

 

September 2010:

Absorbed and merged with Delimor Co., Ltd.

March 2011:

Invested in Beijing Want-Yang Foods Ltd. in Beijing, China, based on a joint venture agreement between Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. and Row Want Holdings Ltd., a company of Want Want China Holdings Limited group.

March 2013:

Established Sagamihara Plant No.2 in Chuo Ward, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

December 2013:

Warabeya Kansai Co., Ltd. established Kagawa Plant in Sakaide City, Kagawa Prefecture.

 

 

 

June 2014:

Established Urawa Plant in Sakura Ward, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture.

March 2015:

Absorbed and merged with Warabeya Fukushima Co., Ltd.

May 2015:

Established Iwate Plant in Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture.

May 2016:

Warabeya U.S.A., Inc. invested in Prime Deli Corporation, a U.S. Texas-based prepared meal manufacturer.

September 2016:

Business divisions of Warabeya Nichiyo Co., Ltd. was split off and absorbed by Warabeya Kansai Co., Ltd., and Warabeya Nichiyo Co., Ltd. was changed its name to Warabeya Nichiyo Holdings Co., Ltd.

 

Warabeya Kansai Co., Ltd. absorbed and merged with Warabeya Tokai Co., Ltd. and Warabeya Hokkaido Co., Ltd., and Warabeya Kansai Co., Ltd changed its name to Warabeya Nichiyo Co., Ltd. (currently a consolidated subsidiary)

March 2017:

Renamed Sagamihara Plant No.2 to the Dessert Plant.

November 2017:

Acquired an additional stake in Prime Deli Corporation through Warabeya U.S.A., Inc., and turned it into a subsidiary.

November 2017:

Established a subsidiary, Warabeya Heartful Co., Ltd.

January 2018:

Moved the headquarters of Warabeya Nichiyo Holdings Co., Ltd.,  Warabeya Nichiyo Co., Ltd., Nichiyo Co., Ltd., Nichiyo Fresh Co., Ltd., and Nichiman Co., Ltd. to Tomihisa-cho, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo(the current location).