Corporate Information

Hokuto’s History

1964

July

Established Delups Shoji Co., Ltd. in Hakoshimizu, Nagano, Nagano, and commenced sales of general packaging materials. Capital ¥500,000 (approx. US$4,500)

1968

April

Established our main factory and commenced production of polypropylene bottles for mushroom cultivation

June

Transferred our head office to Minamihori in Nagano, Nagano

October

Established the Matsumoto Sales Office (now Hokuto Industry Corporation, Matsumoto Branch) in Matsumoto, Nagano

1970

June

Established the Niigata Sales Office (now Hokuto Industry Corporation, Niigata Branch) in Niigata, Niigata

1972

February

Changed our trade name to Hokuto Industry Corporation

1975

May

Established the Ueda Sales Office (now Hokuto Industry Corporation, Ueda Branch) in Ueda, Nagano

1983

December

Established the Mushroom General Research Institute in Nagano, Nagano

1986

November

Developed a new breed of enokitake: “Hokuto M-50”

1988

February

Transferred our Niigata Sales Office to a new premises

April

Developed a new breed of hiratake: “Y-3”

May

Developed a new breed of enokitake: “Hokuto M-70”

December

Developed a hydraulic mushroom harvesting machine

1989

April

Established the Yanagihara Mushroom Center in Nagano, Nagano

May

Established the Hirokawa Mushroom Center in Yame-gun, Fukuoka

1990

April

Established the Koshoku Mushroom Center in Chikuma, Nagano

October

Developed a new breed of bunashimeji: “Hokuto No. 5”

November

Developed a new breed of enokitake: “Hokuto M-80”

1991

April

Established the Niigata Mushroom Center in Shibata, Niigata

June

Established the Toyama Mushroom Center in Toyama, Toyama

November

Developed a new breed of bunashimeji: “Hokuto No. 6”

1992

May

New head office building completed

August

Developed a new breed of hiratake: “Hokuto Y-5”

1993

April

Established the Yame Mushroom Center in Yame, Fukuoka

June

Developed a new breed of bunashimeji: “Hokuto No. 8”

August

Developed a new breed of bunashimeji: “Hokuto No. 7”

1994

January

Established the Iizuna Rest Center at Iizuna Highlands in Nagano, Nagano

May

Completed the second factory at the Niigata Mushroom Center

August

Developed a new breed of enokitake: “Hokuto M-90”

November

Registered our company shares as over-the-counter securities with the Japan Securities Dealers Association

1995

January

Developed a new breed of bunashimeji: “Hokuto No. 10”

April

Established the Tomakomai Mushroom Center in Tomakomai, Hokkaido

August

Developed two new breeds of maitake: “Hokuto MY-75” and “Hokuto MY-95”

1996

May

Established the Kurogi Mushroom Center in Yame, Fukuoka

December

Completed the Mushroom General Research Institute office building

1997

May

Established the Kagawa Mushroom Center in Higashikagawa, Kagawa

July

Established the Hokuto Bio-science Promotion Foundation

December

Transferred our Ueda Sales Office to a new premises

Developed a new breed of bunashimeji: “Hokuto No. 11”

1998

March

Established an employee dormitory in Nagano, Nagano

September

Completed the second factory at the Tomakomai Mushroom Center

1999

February

Developed a new breed of eryngii: “Hokuto PLE-2”

April

Established the Miyagi Mushroom Center in Osaki, Miyagi

June

Completed the third factory at the Niigata Mushroom Center

November

Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section

December

Developed a new breed of bunashimeji: “Hokuto No. 12”

2000

May

Completed the third factory at the Kagawa Mushroom Center

October

Developed a new breed of bunashimeji: “Hokuto No. 15”

2001

January

Established the Shizuoka Mushroom Center in Kikugawa, Shizuoka

June

ISO 14001 certification obtained for the head office, main factory, and Yanagihara Mushroom Center

July

Completed the second factory at the Shizuoka Mushroom Center

September

Developed a new breed of bunashimeji: “Hokuto No. 16”

2002

March

Established the Omachi Mushroom Center in Omachi , Nagano

April

Established our Tokyo and Osaka Branches

Commenced cultivation of bunapi

May

Completed the third factory at the Tomakomai Mushroom Center

June

Established the Jojima Mushroom Center in Kurume, Fukuoka

July

Developed a new breed of bunashimeji: “Hokuto Shiro No. 1” (bunapi)

September

Changed our company name from Hokuto Industry Corporation to Hokuto Corporation

2003

April

Developed a new breed of maitake: “Hokuto NT-100”

June

Completed the second factory at the Omachi Mushroom Center

October

Changed our trade name to Hokuto Corporation

Established the Nagoya Sales Office

2004

February

Commenced sales of Agaricus

April

Split our chemical products department into another company, and established Hokuto Industry Corporation

Established the Hiroshima Mushroom Center in Mihara, Hiroshima

June

Established the Kanto Delivery Center in Kita-Katsushika-gun, Saitama

2005

April

Established Hokuto Medical Co., Ltd. in Nagano, Nagano

2006

July

Established the Akanuma Mushroom Center in Nagano, Nagano

Established Hokto Kinoko Company in California, USA

2007

June

Established the Ueda Mushroom Center in Ueda, Nagano

2008

December

Established our Taiwan branch and factory in Pingtung County, Taiwan

2009

April

Established the Saku Mushroom Center in Saku, Nagano

2010

April

Established the Fukuoka Yame Mushroom Center in Yame, Fukuoka

2011

March

Made the Taiwan Branch a local subsidiary, under the name Taiwan Hokuto Corporation

June

Completed the second factory at the Saku Mushroom Center

2012

November

Established Hokto Malaysia Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2013

April

Merged Hokuto Medical Co., Ltd. into Hokuto Corporation

July

Completed the second factory at the Ueda Mushroom Center

August

Acquired the stocks of Arden Corporation and made it a subsidiary

2014

June

Completed the second factory at the Fukuoka Yame Mushroom Center