Yamazaki Baking

Yamazaki Baking Co., Ltd.
Native name
Public KK
Traded as TYO: 2212
OSE: 2212
Industry Food
Founded Ichikawa, Chiba (June 21, 1948 (1948-06-21))
Founder Tojuro Iijima
Headquarters Iwamotochō, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8585, Japan
Number of locations
107,950 stores
Area served
Asia, Europe, North America
Key people
Nobuhiro Iijima
Services Convenience stores

Increase JPY 995.01 billion (FY 2013)

(US$ 9.66 billion) (FY 2013)

Increase JPY 12.04 billion (FY 2013)

(US$ 116.8 million million) (FY 2013)
Number of employees
17,654 (consolidated, as of December 31, 2014)
Website Official website
Footnotes / references

Yamazaki Baking Co., Ltd. (山崎製パン株式会社 Yamazaki Seipan Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese food company and the world’s[2] and Japan's largest bread-baking corporation, that makes bread, bakery products and confectionery.[3] It was established by Tojuro Iijima in Japan on 9 March 1948 and started mass production of bread in 1955.[4]

Yamazaki products can be found in various Asian countries, including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, and China. They also operate within the United States and France under the Vie de France brand after purchasing the company in 1991.[5]

In October 1970, the company established a joint venture, Yamazaki Nabisco Co., Ltd. (now known as Yamazaki Biscuits), with Nabisco of the United States and Nichimen Jitsugyo Corporation (currently Sojitz Corporation). By 1988 Yamazaki raised its stake in the joint venture to 80% by acquiring the shares held by Nabisco.[6]

Yamazaki is the only Japanese baked goods company still using potassium bromate in their bread; all Japanese baking companies voluntarily stopped using it in 1980 due to suspicions of carcinogenicity, but Yamazaki resumed its use in 2005.[7]

Yamazaki Baking store in Keelung, Taiwan 
Yamazaki Baking factory in Eniwa, Hokkaido 
A Yamazaki delivery truck 
A streetside Yamazaki vending machine 

See also


  1. "Company Profile". Yamazaki Baking. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  2. John Paul Rathbone (22 November 2010). "Latin America: no longer the man with a moustache and a guitar". Financial Times. Pearson PLC. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  3. Stuart D. B. Picken (September 2009). The A to Z of Japanese Business. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 316. ISBN 978-08108-6872-4.
  4. Kazuo Usui (5 March 2014). Marketing and Consumption in Modern Japan. Routledge. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-415-32313-0.
  5. Jonna Crispens (1 April 1991). "Japanese manufacturer plans to buy Vie de France division". Supermarket News. ISSN 0039-5803 via HighBeam Research.
  6. Business Japan. 19 (1-6 ed.). Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. 1974.
  7. "Japan's Yamazaki Baking to use potassium bromate in bread". Asia Pulse News via HighBeam Research.
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