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Company Overview

Marukome Co., Ltd.

Foundation

1854

President

Tokio Aoki

Head Office

883 Amori, Nagano-shi, Nagano Prefecture

Capital

100 million yen

Sales

45.08 billion yen (March 2018 term)

Number of Employees

436

Business Description :

  • Manufacture and sale of miso for consumer and food service use,
    instant miso soup
  • Manufacture and sale of koji products for consumer and food service use
  • Manufacture and sale of soybean related products for consumer and food service use
  • Sale of fermented products for consumer and food service use,
    and devices related to such products
  • Manufacture and sale of ingredients for soups (for ramen chain stores, etc.)
  • Manufacture and sale of processed miso (for food manufacturers)
  • Development of products for export

History

1854

Started production

(start of miso and soy sauce brewing operations)

1948

Established Aoki Miso and Soy Sauce Co., Ltd.

1960

First company in the industry to shift from shipment of miso in casks to cardboard boxes,a move highly supported by retailers.

1963

Developed pillow packaging machine for miso,an industry first, in response to changes in the distribution environment of the times.

1967

Changed company name to "Marukome Miso Co., Ltd."

1972

Developed and patented the first Doypack packaging machine in the industry, in response to increase use of home refrigerators

1978

Became the industry leader

1979

Developed 1kg fresh miso cup filling machine, an industry first

1982

Released "Ryotei no Aji" and instant miso series

1989

Completed construction of Marukome Central Research Laboratories

1990

Changed company name to "Marukome Co., Ltd."

2002

Acquired IS09001:2000 Certification

2004

Completed construction of the Miasa Highland Fermentation Warehouse

2007

Completed construction of the Marukome Los Angeles Factory

2008

Acquired IS022000 Certification for Marukome Nagano Head Factory

2009

Released "Liquid Miso", Yearly Sales exceed 30 billion yen

2012

Released "Plus Koji" series

2015

Released "Daizu Labo" series

2016

Yearly Sales exceed 40 billion yen

Our Process

1

non-GMO soybeans to make the highest quality miso at
our cutting-edge factories

We prepare our miso by mixing rinsed and steamed soybeans with
koji and salt and allowing it to ferment for several months.

2

non-GMO soybeans to make the highest quality miso at
our cutting-edge factories

Our newest miso product only has 5 ingredients: filtered water,
organic soybeans, organic rice, sea salt, and organic alcohol.

3

our products to better suit your tastes and healthy
lifestyle

Our product development team carries out repeated trials to create
innovative new tastes and recipes for a miso that is always
the best.

4

Miso has numerous health benefits

being rich in protein, high in dietary fiber, filled with valuable probiotics,
vitamins, and minerals, and much more.

Our Mascot

Our Mascot: Marukome Boy

Marukome Boy is the face of Japan’s #1 miso company. He is beloved in Japan and is becoming very popular in the United States as well. He goes to all sorts of healthy food expos to promote the goodness of miso and koji.He loves doing arts and crafts and creating new healthy recipes using Marukome miso. His favorite part of the United States Marukome Factory in Irvine is that it’s so close to the beach, which he visits whenever he isn’t busy promoting the health benefits of miso.

Marukome Boy was born and raised in Nagano Prefecture. He is so happy to be part of Japan’s favorite miso company that he has made it his mission to spread the health benefits of miso to the rest of the world. His travel schedule is very busy and always changing, but if he doesn’t have time to make up new and delicious recipes, he keeps himself happy and healthy with a steady stock of instant miso soup—it’s easy to make and it brings some consistency to his busy life. If he hasn’t visited your town yet, come find him on social media and see what he’s been up to.

Our popular animated commercial series broadcastedsince 2014 generated great reactions and the 6th version was released in 2018.

2018 "Miso Soup"

Story of an old-fashioned and stern father gives a nice surprise to his daughter at her wedding in Italy.

2017 "Being a mother"

Story of a young lady changes her attitude towards her mother after being married and pregnant. Now her mother is her role model.

2016 "Coming to Tokyo"

Story of how a mother takes care of her son who started living by himself. She sends him simple yet thoughtful caring packages.

2015 "A Midnight Snack"

Story about how a girl comes to realize how much her father cares for her.

2014 "Working away from Home"

Story of sisters who go visit their father to cook for him while he is working away from home. Though the food doesn't look good, he finds it delicious.

2014 "Mother and Son"

Story about how a mother takes care of her son living alone from a distance by sending him packages to encourage him. There is nothing special, bad her affection.

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