Company History

Since its foundation in 1946, Taiyo has established itself as a leader in the development and production of emulsifiers, stabilizers, egg and tea based ingredients, and highly functional ingredients for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Today Taiyo manufactures more than 2,000 food formulations, processed eggs, fruit preparations, flavorings, emulsifiers, stabilizers and functional ingredients at manufacturing facilities around the world.

Chronology of an evolving company

2019 – Taiyo Kagaku India was established (former name: Taiyo Lucid Private Limited)

2018 – Acquired 40% equity stake in Taiyo Lucid Private Limited from Lucid Colloid.

2017 – Invention “Dried product containing high oil and fat (Patent No. 5948712)” won the 2017 Chubu Regional Invention Award.

2015 – Established a joint venture, TMT Co., Ltd. (currently an affiliated company) with Microwave Chemical Co., Ltd. to manufacture and sell emulsifiers.

2014 – Invention related to emulsifier “Oil fat crystal growth inhibitor (Patent No. 4443628)” won Mie Prefectural Governor Award” at 2014 Chubu Regional Invention Award

2013 – Sponsored Dialogue with Life “Medicine and Food” Symposium.

2012 – Chinese subsidiary Kaifeng JEANAVICE Food Co., Ltd. was established in Kaifeng, China for manufacturing and selling bakery products.

2012 – EU subsidiary Taiyo GmbH was established in Stuttgart, Germany.

2012 – SunActive® Q10 received the 2012 Chubu Regional Invention Award.

2011 – Suntheanine® received the 2011 Chubu Regional Invention Award.

2010 – Acquired “Kurumin”, the next-generation certification from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

2010 – Sunfiber received the 2010 Chubu Regional Invention Award.

2009 – Suntheanine® received the 2009 JSBBA (Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry) Award for Achievement in Technological Research.

2008 – TMPS (Taiyo Meso Porus Silicas) received the Nano Tech Award from International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference 2008.

2008 – “Nutrition Delivery System” received the 2008 Chubu Regional Invention Award.

2007 – FDA confirms GRAS status of Suntheanine®

2006 – Chinese subsidiary Taiyo Kagaku China Co., Ltd. was established in Shanghai, China.

2006 – Food Analysis Technology Center established at Taiyo Tokyo office

2006 – SunActive®Fe receives the New Technology and Food Development Award from the Institution of Japan Food news Company.

2006 – Received award of “Development Food Functionality Preperation using emulsifier” from Tokai Chemical Industry Association.

2005 – Taiyo opens “Kogetsu” Restaurant in Yokkaichi Japan.

2005 – Sponsored the “International Nutrition & Mental Health Symposium.”

2004 – Taiyo Green Power established, forming the worlds largest manufacturer of green tea extracts, following the acquisition of Wuxi Green Power.

2004 – Taiyo Food (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. was established in Tianjin, China.

2003 – SunActive® Fe was awarded “Best new product of 2003” at Nutracon.

2003 – SunActive® Fe receives the NutrAward for Best New Product of the year, Nutracon/Natural Products Expo.

2002 – Sunactive® Fe was awarded “Industrial Technology Award” at the Osaka Industrial Research Association in Japan.

2000 – Taiyo’s Nanbu plant certified ISO9001.

2000 – A first for a Japanese company, Taiyo receives the IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) Industrial Achievement Award for its green tea polyphenols, Sunphenon.

2000 – Suntheanine® is the recipient of the NutrAward for Best New Product of the Year, Nutracon/Natural Products Expo.

1999 – Sponsored the “International Mineral and Vitamin symposium”

1999 – Taiyo receives the Most Innovative Food Ingredient Award from FIE (Food Ingredients Europe) for its iron delivery system, SunActive® Fe

1999 – Sunactive® Fe was awarded the Food Ingredients Europe Award in Paris.

1998 – Taiyo’s ingredient Suntheanine®, the unique amino acid L-theanine in its pure form, receives the Food Ingredient Research Award at FIE (Food Ingredients Europe)

1997 – Taiyo receives the Food Ingredient Research Award at FIE (Food Ingredients Europe) for Sunsial (sialyloligosaccharade)

1996 – Sponsored the “International Dietary Fiber Symposium”

1995 – The manufacturing company Kaifeng Jinming Food Co., Ltd. was established in Henan Province, People’s Republic of China

1994 – North American subsidiary Taiyo International Inc. established

1992 – Sponsored the International Symposium “Advanced Science for Effective Use of Hen Eggs”

1986 – Listed on the second section of the Nagoya Stock Exchange

1981 – Taiyo Kagaku and Taiyo Food merge to form Taiyo Kagaku Co., Ltd.

1979 – Taiyo established the independent Mie Food Analysis & Development Center

1978 – Launched production of instant food products using unique microwave technology

1958 – Taiyo Food Co., Ltd. established, becoming the first firm in Japan to produce processed egg products on an industrial scale

1949 – Began production of food flavorings

1946 – Taiyo Kagaku Corporation founded