Prepared Dishes and Other Prepared Foods Business

A full lineup of delicious treats for the dining table

By leveraging the capability of the Nisshin Seifun group, we create quality products to meet expanding demand for prepared dishes and other prepared foods.

Prepared dishes and other prepared foods are an important growth driver for the Nisshin Seifun group. Today we offer a comprehensive range of products under a full lineup structure covering all prepared food categories, thanks to the addition of Joyous Foods, a leading manufacturer of cooked noodles, and Tokatsu Foods, which supplies an extensive lineup of products, to the Nisshin Seifun group as a consolidated subsidiaries in 2016 and 2019 respectively.

We supply a wide range of delicious prepared food products to consumers nationwide through three group companies. As one of Japan’s leading suppliers of prepared dishes, Tokatsu Foods distributes delicatessen products primarily to convenience stores, as well as frozen products supplied mainly through home delivery services. Joyous Foods is an industry leader in terms of its production and supply capacity for products sold in convenience stores, capacity for cooked noodles sold in convenience stores, such as soba, udon, Chinese noodles, and fresh pasta. Initio Foods supplies mainly Japanese prepared dishes to supermarkets and department stores. It is continually expanding its business, including the establishment of new factories in Nagoya in 2017 and Kyushu in 2019.

Prepared Dishes

The growing market for prepared foods

Prepared dishes are positioned midway between restaurant meals and home-cooked meals. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries defines this product category as consisting of ready-to-eat meals that require no cooking or heating and have short shelf lives. Examples include bento lunch boxes and prepared foods sold over the counter, as well as meals cooked and processed outside of the home for consumption at home, at work, or at school.

Demand for prepared dishes and other prepared foods is expanding steadily. In 2019 the market was worth ¥10.3 trillion. The Nisshin Seifun group will continue to offer a full lineup of quality products in this area.

The Significance of the Prepared Dishes and Other Prepared Foods Business for the Nisshin Seifun Group

  1. Providing Solutions for Society’s Needs
    Workstyles and lifestyles are changing. There are more single-person and aged households, and more families in which both partners work. Other changes include a shift to remote working and working at home. These trends are also creating new social issues, including a lack of time to spend on cooking, and food wastage resulting from the inability of smaller households to use up food ingredients. The Nisshin Seifun Group is responding to these needs through its focus on prepared dishes and other prepared foods.
  2. Group-level Synergie
    The Nisshin Seifun Group supplies prepared dishes and other prepared foods throughout Japan from a network of factories. A commitment to research dating back to the group’s founding has created an extensive resource of knowledge about wheat flour, as well as product development and quality control know-how, including antibacterial technology from the Yeast and Biotechnology Business. Today we use the R&D, technology, and raw material procurement capabilities of the entire group to create delicious products with longer shelf lives.

Harnessing the Group’s overall capabilities to offer a full lineup structure

Growth Strategies for the Long-Term Vision

Affiliates

Tokatsu Foods Co., Ltd.
Production and sales of bento lunch boxes, prepared foods, and other cooked foods
Port Delica Tokatsu Co., Ltd.
Manufacture and sales of processed foods, including bread with fillings and toppings, and rice products
Green Delica Co., Ltd.
Manufacture and sales of processed foods, including bread with fillings and toppings, and rice products
Nomura Foods Co., Ltd.
Manufacture and sales of frozen prepared foods, including the Kyo no Osechi, and Kyo Sozai ranges based on traditional Kyoto cuisine
Joyous Foods Co., Ltd.
Production and sales of processed noodles, etc.
Initio Foods Inc.
Production and sales of frozen foods and prepared dishes, direct operation of concessions in department stores