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Mizkan Holdings Co., Ltd.
Native name
株式会社 Mizkan Holdings
Private KK
Founded1804; 215 years ago (1804)
FounderMatazaemon Nakano
Area served
Key people
Kazuhide Nakano
(Chairman and CEO)
RevenueJPY 233.4 billion (FY 2014)
(US$ 2.18 billion) (FY 2017)
Number of employees
WebsiteOfficial website
Footnotes / references
Mizkan Head Office (Handa, Aichi)
Mizkan Museum

Mizkan Holdings (Mitsukan Hōrudingusu) is a Japanese company that produces vinegars (including seasoned rice vinegars, balsamic vinegars, and wine vinegars), mustards, salad dressings, authentic Asian sauces, nattō, and other food products. It is based in Handa, Aichi Prefecture, near Nagoya.[2]


The company was founded in Handa in 1804 by Matazaemon Nakano, who began producing rice vinegar using byproducts from the production of sake (rice alcohol). Nakano named his company the Mitsukan Group. In the late 1970s Mitsukan expanded from Japan into the United States and began acquiring regional condiment companies. The group was officially registered as a corporate entity in July 1977. In 1995, in honour of its founder, the U.S. arm of the business changed its name to Nakano Foods. In 2004, the Mitsukan Group became The Mizkan Group Corporation, and Nakano Foods became Mizkan America.[2][3][4]


Mizkan's product range includes: vinegars, seasoned rice vinegars, balsamic vinegars, wine vinegars, mustards, jellies, salad dressings, and authentic Asian sauces. The company's president is Matazaemon Kazuhide Nakano VIII.

In July 2012 Premier Foods sold its Sarson's vinegar, Haywards pickled onion and Dufrais vinegar brands to Mizkan for £41m as part of a streamlining programme. Also in late 2012 the Branston pickle brand was sold to Mizkan.[5]

In May 2014, it bought the US Ragú and Bertolli pasta and sauce brands from Unilever for $2.15 billion.[6]


  1. ^ "Corporate Profile". Mizkan. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Company Overview of Mizkan Holdings Co., Ltd". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Lansky, Vicki (February 2009). Vinegar: Over 400 Various, Versatile and Very Good Uses You've Probably Never Thought Of. Book Peddlers. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-931863-74-2.
  4. ^ "Company Overview of Mizkan America, Inc". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Branston sold by Premier Foods to Japan's Mizkan". BBC News. October 30, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Consumer goods major Unilever sells Ragu and Bertolli brands". Japan Herald. Retrieved May 22, 2014.

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