Ezaki Glico

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Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.
Native name
Ezaki Guriko Kabushiki-gaisha
Public (K.K.)
Traded as TYO: 2206
Industry Food manufacturing
Founded Nishi-ku, Osaka, Japan (February 11, 1922 (1922-02-11))
Founder Riichi Ezaki (江崎 利一 Ezaki Riichi?)
Headquarters Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Key people
Katsuhisa Ezaki
(President and CEO)[1]
Products Details
Revenue Steady¥284,048 million
US$3,416,097 thousand
(83.15 yen/US dollar, March 2011)[1]
Decrease¥9,998 million
US$120,237 thousand
(83.15 yen/US dollar, March 2011)[1]
Decrease¥3,786 million
US$45,530 thousand
(83.15 yen/US dollar, March 2011)[1]
Total assets Decrease¥194,055 million
US$2,333,795 thousand
(83.15 yen/US dollar, March 2011)[1]
Total equity Steady¥108,629 million
US$1,306,429 thousand
(83.15 yen/US dollar, March 2011)[1]
Number of employees
4,928 (2013)
Subsidiaries Glico Dairy Products Co., Ltd.
ICREO Co., Ltd.
Glico Foods Co., Ltd.
Hokkaido Glico Co., Ltd. (-June 2012)
Tohoku Glico Co., Ltd.
Ibaraki Glico Co., Ltd.
Glico Chiba Ice Cream Co., Ltd.
Kanto Glico Co., Ltd.
Tokyo Glico Co., Ltd. (-April 2012)
Takefu Glico Co., Ltd. (-January 2012)
Mie Glico Co., Ltd.
Kansai Glico Co., Ltd.
Kobe Glico Co., Ltd.
Glico Hyogo Ice Cream Co., Ltd.
Tottori Glico Co., Ltd.
Kyushu Glico Co., Ltd.
Thai Glico Co., Ltd.
Generale Biscuit Glico France S.A.
Shanghai Ezaki Glico Foods Co., Ltd.
Ezaki Glico USA Co., Ltd.
Glico Canada Corporation
Website glico.co.jp
Ezaki Glico headquarters in Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka

Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd. (江崎グリコ株式会社 Ezaki Guriko Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a Japanese confectionery company headquartered in Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka.[1] The company manufactures the traditional Glico caramel candy, as well as Pocky (also known as Mikado in Europe) and many others. The company name, Glico, is derived from a shortening of the word glycogen.[2] The first candy produced by the company was known as Glico-Caramel. The Glico 300 meter running man trademark is also derived from the original caramel candy: the candy is 15.4 kcal, which is enough energy to run exactly 300 meters. (Calculated from a formula stating that a person 165 centimeters in height and weighing 55 kilograms will burn 8.21 kcal running 160 metres in one minute. Over a period of 1.88 minutes, such a person would burn 15.4 kcal running 300 metres.)

The company's large neon sign located above Dotonbori in Osaka has been a landmark of the city since its initial construction in 1935.[3] It bears the Glico running man on a blue race track, as well as some of Osaka's other landmarks in the background. The giant neon sign has been revised on several occasions in order to celebrate events such as the World Cup and to bolster team spirit for Osaka's baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers. As the sign is quite well known, it has long been a popular photo stop for tourists as well as locals.

The company was also the main sponsor of the anime series Tetsujin 28 (1963—1966, the original Japanese version of Gigantor).

Corporate message[edit]

  • "Good Taste and Good Health" (おいしさと健康, 1971—1992)
  • "A Wholesome Life in the Best of Taste" (1992—, message in Japanese "おいしさと健康" is still in use)



  • Pocky, chocolate-coated pretzel sticks, which come in many other flavours.
  • Pretz, pretzel sticks.
  • Almond Chocolate, pretzel sticks coated with chocolate and crushed almonds.
  • Caplico, frosting-dipped waffle biscuits in the shape of ice cream cones that come in either chocolate or strawberry flavour.
  • Bisco, wheat germ crackers with yogurt cream.
  • Karujaga (かるじゃが?), potato sticks with a hollow middle, giving it extra crunch.
  • péjoy, chocolate creme filled biscuit sticks. "Pocky's friend"

Ice-cream products[edit]

  • Giant Cone, ice cream in a large cone with crisp chocolate and nut toppings.
  • Panapp, vanilla ice cream in a handy long cup with fruit sauce fillings in the centre.
  • Papico, sherbet that comes in tubes.
  • Ice no Mi (アイスの実?), bite-sized round ice candies that was promoted by an extremely realistic CG character, Aimi Eguchi, who was created by Glico using facial features from members of the pop band AKB48.
  • Calorie Control Ice Cream series, which uses lower-calorie sweetening agents maltitol and sucralose in place of sugar and starch syrup often used in ice cream. Tofu is also used to replace dairy products to lower the amount of calories.

Processed foods[edit]

  • Ni-dan Juku Curry
  • Curry Zeppin
  • Donburi-tei, instant donburi.

Health-related foods[edit]

  • Power Production, a series of supplemental food products for athletes.
  • BREO, an oral care candy that was developed for cleaning the tongue and breath.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Annual Report 2011" (PDF). 6-5, Utajima, 4-chome, Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka 555-8502, Japan: Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Ezaki Glico Company Ltd. History
  3. ^ http://www.glico.co.jp/corp/corp05_1.htm

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