Our History

   
1931 Jirou Chikuma, the founder, started production and sales of Japanese rice cracker in Mikawashima, Tokyo. At that time, the company name was "Chuouken".
1933 New factory was built in Totsuka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.
1939 New factory was built in Osaka to expand the business.
1944 Totsuka factory was shut down.
1945 Osaka factory was burned down at World War Two.
1952 Jirou Chikuma established Chuouken Co., Ltd. again as a stock company, and re-start production and sales of Japanese rice crackers in Osaka.
1960 Age-Komaru, a fried rice cracker, was put on the market.
1963 Bonchi-Age was named "Bonchi-Age", and started the sales.
1969 The company name was changed into "Bonchi Arare Co., Ltd."
Tokyo factory was built to expand business in the east area of Japan.
1975 Tohoku Bonchi Seika Co., Ltd was established in Sagae-shi, Yamagata.
1984 Kobe factory, our main factory, was built and start productions.
The company name was changed into "Bonchi Co., Ltd."
Marketed "Bonchi-Yaki Salad".
1987 Marketed "Aji-Karuta".
2001 Marketed "Ebi-Agesen".
Certified ISO9001 at Yamagata factory, Tohoku Bonchi Seika Co., Ltd.
2002 The factory, only for Aji-Karuta production, is newly established in Yamagata.
2003 Certified ISO9001 at Chuo-Kogyodanchi Factory, Tohoku Bonchi Seika Co., Ltd.
2004 Marketed "Karashi-Mentaiko Ogata Agesen"
2005 Certified ISO9001 at Kobe Factory and Osaka Head Office
2006 Certified ISO9001 at Tokyo Factory
2010 The 50th anniversary release memory of BonChi-Age