Glico's history

The Origins of Glico Ingenuity

In 1919, Mr. Riichi Ezaki - Glico’ s founder - tested and confirmed that Oyster Broth contains generous amounts of glycogen - a substance that stores carbohydrates and acts to control sugar levels in the blood. Based on that result, he took the steps necessary to commercially offer food products incorporating that substance and thereby spread its healthful benefits to the world. Underlying that goal was the fact that a glycogen extract had contributed to Mr. Ezaki’ s son overcoming the effects of typhus.
In due time, the nutritious confection “Glico Caramel” was introduced into the marketplace and the Glico Company came into being with the objective of “Raising Human Quality of Life through Food".


Glico was established on February 11, 1922 - the day that the nutritious confection “Glico Caramel” in its distinctive red box was offered to the public for the first time at the Mitsukoshi Department Store in Osaka. Following that - as demand grew - factories were built not only in Japan, but also in Dalian, China. However, all domestic and foreign assets were totally destroyed by the end of the Second World War in 1945.


Remarking on the destruction he observed, Mr. Riichi Ezaki stated, “Though war destroyed all else, the remaining asset is Glico itself ”. First, the production of “Bisco” was revived. Following that, the “Glico Caramel” brand was brought back and such long-selling products as Almond Chocolate, Giant Cone, and Pocky were successively introduced.


As the Japanese economy recovered, a focus on the development of desserts emerged and resulted in the introduction of “Café au Lait” , “Panapp” , “Seventeen Ice” and “Putchin Pudding”. In addition, laboratory facilities were set up with full-scale research and development efforts being undertaken.


Consumers today are growing ever-more health conscious and attention is focused on such functional factors as the enhancement of relaxation, the prevention of tooth decay, and a reduction in the use of sugar. In keeping with this, appropriate Glico products are enjoyed internationally as a result of the advancement of globalization together with the greater dissemination of related information.