History

Company History

FOUNDING 1959~62

Toyo Nut Company begins full operation

Toyo Nut Company begins full operation

1959 Founder and President Taisuke Nakajima processed and sold tree nuts in Japan for the first time and established Toyo Nut Co., Ltd.
Commercial products (mainly focusing on almonds, cashews, mixed nuts, raisins, prunes, dried bananas, etc.) offered for sale.

GROWING 1962~67

An increasing number of product varieties are added and efforts are made to grow the sales market beyond Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe to encompass the entire country

An increasing number of product varieties are added and efforts are made to grow the sales market beyond Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe to encompass the entire country

1963 Nacky released and shipments exported to Western Europe and the US to facilitate the popularization of cashews.
  Tokyo Branch opened.
1964 Promotion of chickpeas and mixed nuts considered for the Tokyo Olympics.

INNOVATING 1967~78

  • Operation of a practical trial facility is started with the aim of full-scale factory construction Comparison testing of various heat sources, including L.P.G., white kerosene and electricity, is carried out Equipment testing introduced for continuous fryers, microwave irradiation machinery, mixers, etc.

Operation of a practical trial facility is started with the aim of full-scale factory construction Comparison testing of various heat sources, including L.P.G., white kerosene and electricity, is carried out Equipment testing introduced for continuous fryers, microwave irradiation machinery, mixers, etc.

1967 Nut shop opened in Tarumi Station Shopping Center (Kobe) as the first of several “antenna shops.”
1969 Kobe Tobu Shijo Sales Office opened.
1970 Participated in planning for the Expo ’70 International Bazaar. Promoted cashews.
  Fukuoka Sales Office opened.
1971 Formed technical partnership with Seabrook Corporation and Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. to develop “Nu Nuts” (low-fat, high-protein peanuts).Developed a simple method for detecting aflatoxins (carcinogenic toxins) and presented it at the 26th Meeting of the Japanese Society for Food Hygiene and Safety.

EXPANDING onward

Move to current headquarters/factory and begin full-scale operation

Move to current headquarters/factory and begin full-scale operation

1978 Moved to the current head office/factory and began full-scale operation.
1981 Continuous oil roaster with indirect heating (including special operating instructions) exported.
  Shop opened at the Kobe Portopia ’81 Expo.
1983 Invited to the 3rd World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress in California to present/provide samples of the almond paste developed by the company and gained attention from overseas members of the nut industry.
  Continuous automatic inert gas flushing packaging machine installed to preserve product quality, redesigned our Snack Packs, Family Packs and Handy Packs, and complete overhaul of standard product lines carried out.

1987 First Almond Festival held.
Began overseas production of Honey Peanuts in cooperation with Seabrook Corporation (USA) and introduced them into the Japanese market in a sales collaboration with the National Peanut Council of America (NPCA).
1995 Main factory damaged in the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, but production partly resumed after only about one week.

1996 Hiroto Nakajima assumes presidency.
  Tokyo Branch building renovated.
1998 Almond Festival (postponed due to the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake) held.
2000 New Toyo-spec pistachios released.

2001 Award received at the World Cashew Congress in India.
2006 Distribution Center opened.
2009 Canned nuts exports to Shanghai begin.
2012 Kansai branch office is opened.
2013 Inducted into the US-Japan Agricultural Trade Hall of Fame.
  ISO 9001 (Quality Management) certification obtained.

2015 Shop opened at the Luminarie "Light Fountain".
  Exhibited at the MIRAI EXPO 2015
2016 Distribution center renovation.Matching design adopted for the Center and trucks.
2017 Toyo Nut-original ZENTOS salt is developed.
  Exhibited at the FOOD EXPO HONG KONG 2017
FSSC 22000 certification obtained.