ITOCHU Announces the Merger of I-FOODS Co., Ltd. and ITOCHU Rice Corporation

August 9, 2011

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) announced today the following merger agreement between its wholly owned subsidiaries I-FOODS Co., Ltd. (headquartered in Nagoya, Aichi; Takashi Koyama, CEO; hereinafter “I-FOODS”) and ITOCHU Rice Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masaomi Okuno, CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU Rice”).

1. Merger details

  • On October 1, 2011, I-FOODS and ITOCHU Rice will merge together as I-FOODS.
  • On the same date, the name of I-FOODS will be changed to ITOCHU Food Sales and Marketing Co.,Ltd. (hereinafter “ITOCHU FOODS”)

2. Purpose of merger

The severity of the operating environment surrounding the domestic food commodity marketing industry is predicted to continue to increase due to many factors including the shrinking and aging of the population, sluggishness of consumer spending caused by the recession, effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake which struck this March 11th, and the future intensification of domestic market competition caused by the continuing progress of free trade worldwide. In addition, for the same reasons, operating conditions for business partners—domestic food distributors and manufacturers—are becoming more severe, and consequently their demands for supply chain of food commodities are becoming increasingly sophisticated and diverse.

In this state of affairs, ITOCHU has decided to merge its two wholly owned subsidiaries, I-FOODS and ITOCHU RICE to strengthen its domestic marketing business in food commodities such as sweeteners, wheat, fats and oils, rice, confectionary ingredients, and beverage ingredients. The synergies produced by this merger are an increase in the number of products that can be provided to business partners as well as a sharing of information transmission systems, customer bases, and management resources. Through these synergies, an efficient system for providing a stable supply of services and safe foodstuffs that our business partners can be confident in will be established. By intensively committing ITOCHU’s management resources in the business of domestic food commodity market to ITOCHU FOODS, a system will be established that better meets the needs of consumers and business partners nationwide in hopes of achieving sales of 300 billion yen.

3. Importance of this merger for ITOCHU

ITOCHU’s food companies are promoting the Strategic Integrated System (SIS) strategy.* The SIS strategy covers everything in the business, from commodities to products and foodstuffs. It establishes a consistent and efficient system for production, distribution and marketing of products, taking them all the way from commodity development domestically and abroad to retailers. This merger is considered a vital measure for business in the food commodity marketing industry. Taking the opportunity presented by this merger, the SIS strategy will be promoted further domestically, and the corporate value of the entire ITOCHU Group will be increased.

4. New company information


Headquarters 1-1, Minami-Aoyama 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo (tentative)
Capital 400 million yen
Sales 160 billion yen
Employees 173
CEO Takashi Koyama, President & CEO

5. Information about merging companies

I-FOODS Co., Ltd.

Headquarters 5-11, Nishiki 1-chome, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi
Capital 100 million yen
Business Domestic marketing and import and export of commodities for food manufacturing such as sugar, sweeteners, wheat, malt, confectionary ingredients, fats and oils, etc.
Sales 101.9 billion yen (FY2010)
Employees 66 (as of March 31, 2011, nonconsolidated)
CEO Takashi Koyama, President & CEO

ITOCHU Rice Corporation

Headquarters 3-13, Kita-Aoyama 3-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Capital 300 million yen
Business Rice marketing, import and export and associated agency business, rice milling, marketing of and technical consulting for rice milling and cooking technology, etc.
Sales 58.4 billion yen (FY2010)
Employees 107 (as of March 31, 2011, nonconsolidated)
CEO Masaomi Okuno, President & CEO