The Meiji Group was founded with the aim of bettering the lives of people and communities through good nutrition. For more than a century, Meiji products have enriched people's daily lives while benefiting their health. Discover more about the Meiji Group's history below.
Meiji was founded in 1916 as a confectionery company with its origins in sugar refining. It then added a dairy business and began releasing successful products with the goal of making people healthier and happier. Group founder Hanji Soma aspired to "contribute to our nation's people through nutrition." For over 100 years, that aspiration has continued to guide the Meiji Group.
Meiji soon became known for great-tasting confectionery and dairy products that met the highest standards for safety and nutritional value, a reputation that continues to this day.
Health foods became increasingly important to the Meiji Group, which also entered the pharmaceutical business when it began manufacturing penicillin and other antibiotics in the 1940s.
Meiji began exporting its antibiotics in 1950. Since then, the Meiji Group has expanded its supply of food products and pharmaceuticals to many other countries worldwide.