|Type||Public (TYO: 2871)|
|Industry||Processed foods, marine products, meat and poultry products, logistics, real estate, biosciences|
|Founded||24 December 1942, as Teikoku Marine Products Control Company|
|Headquarters||Chūō, Tokyo, Japan|
|Key people||Mitsudo Urano (Chairman)
$109.3 million (FY 2010)
Nichirei Corporation (ニチレイ株式会社 Nichirei Kabushiki-gaisha) is one of Japan's top producers of frozen foods and a leader in cold storage warehousing, headquartered in Tokyo. Operating through around 80 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide, its businesses include processed food; logistics; marine products (chiefly roe, shrimp, and octopus); meat and poultry; real estate; and biosciences. The company's bioscience work includes antibody development and manufacturing, immunology products, and natural materials processing.
The company was founded on December 24, 1942, as Teikoku Marine Products Control Company, with capital participation from 18 fisheries and other companies. It was established in accordance with the Fisheries Control Ordinance that was enacted on May 19, 1942, as a central agency to control seafood-related businesses such as sales of marine products, ice production, and refrigerated storage. On December 1, 1945, the day after the control ordinance was abolished (November 30, 1945), the company was reorganized as a privately held company governed by the commercial code, and was renamed Nippon Reizo Co. Ltd. The new company was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1949.  Nippon Reizon changed its name to Nichirei Corporation in 1985.