Mr. Ri-ichi Ezaki - the firm's Founder tests and confirms that generous amounts of glycogen are contained in oyster broth.


The nutritious candy - Glico Caramel is created and test-marketed.

The heart-shaped caramel product, “Glico”, featured the distinctive red package of the Glico logo and a marathon runner with arms raised in the air resembling victory.



Sales of Glico Caramel commence at the Mitsukoshi Department Store on February 11, the date that is celebrated today as the company’s founding day.

Mr. Ri-ichi Ezaki had frequently approached the Mitsukoshi Department Store in Osaka thinking that good products would not be considered first-rate unless they were available from a leading sales channel. After several efforts, he finally succeeded in his product to be accepted by the prestigious retailer. Despite several difficulties after that, strong sales efforts along with the improvement of taste resulted in sales channel expansion.


The Toyosaki plant commences operations in the Toyosaki district of Kita-ku (North Ward) in Osaka city.


As Mr. Ri-ichi Ezaki considered “The two most important missions of children are eating and playing!” in 1922, "Picture cards" which can be said to be the roots of Glico’s toys were enclosed with caramels. In 1927, Small toys are enclosed with caramels replaced by picture cards. Two years later, in 1929, the packaging was redesigned with the small toy placed at the top of each box.


Glico Caramel Vending Machine with Built-in Movie make their appearance in various Tokyo department stores.

The Osaka factory commences operations in the Utajiima area of Nishi-Yodogawa ward in Osaka. This site is the current location of Glico’s headquarters.


The Dalian factory commences operations as part of an expansion into China and Southeast Asia.


The Mother and Child Health Foundation establishes prior to the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Japan.

Mr. Ri-ichi Ezaki had long wanted to act on the teachings of both his father and his business mentor that people with means should contribute to the community. Acting on this, Mr. Ri-ichi Ezaki provided the necessary funds and property to establish the prestigious organization.


Displayed with neon lights, makes its appearance in the Dotonbori area in the south part of Osaka.

The neon sign of Glico in Dotonbori is still one of the tourist attractions. The 1st generation Glico sign is 33 meters high. Over the years, several changes were incorporated into the Glico sign. The second generation, which has a special stage, the third generation of the fountain neon tower, and current generation, the 6th, has replaced the neon lights with a new LED screen that has been lighting up the Dotonbori area in Osaka since 2014.


The Tokyo factory commences operations.


All assets, including the Osaka and Tokyo are destroyed prior to the end of the Second World War.



The Osaka and Tokyo factories are rebuilt and commence operations.


The Kyushu factory commences operations.


Ezaki Glico Foods Co., Ltd.is established.
Glico Dairy Co., Ltd. is established.


The production of wheat starch products commences.


7 of Glico’s dairy companies merge to form Glico Dairy Co., Ltd.


Business activities commence in Asia with the establishment of Thai Glico Co., Ltd.



Glico Museum opens in Osaka

Glico Museum opens to commemorate Glico’s 50th anniversary. A display of approximately 4,000 of the toys included in the Glico Caramel boxes, along with items related to Mr. Ri-ichi Ezaki - the firm's Founder - are featured as his various reference materials. This museum was approved as a modernized industrial heritage by the Ministry of Economy in 2008 and registered in 2017 by Osaka city as a landscape resource.


Ezaki Glico Foods Co., Ltd. and Glico Ham Co., Ltd. merge to establish Glico Nutrition Co., Ltd.
General Biscuit Glico France (GBGF) is established and starts selling Pocky in Europe under the name of “Mikado”


The Biochemical Research Laboratory is established focusing on biotechnology.


Glicopia Kobe opens, offering first-hand views of the production processes for Pocky and PRETZ.

As of June 15, 2017, 2 million visitors have visited Glicopia.


The new corporate logo, the corporate philosophy of “A Wholesome Life in the Best of Taste”, and the Glico spirit of “Achieve Innovation, Cheerfulness, and the Thrill of the Positive” are announced.


Shanghai Glico Co., Ltd. is established.



Glicoʼ s Website goes live.


The 5th generation Glico Sign lights up featuring symbols of Osaka that include Osaka Castle, the Osaka Aquarium, the present Kyocera Dome Osaka, and the Tsutenkaku Tower.


November 11th is officially established as “Pocky & PRETZ Day”


Glico headquarters and all production facilities acquire the ISO14001 Environmental Management System Certification.


ICREO, the baby formula maker / seller, joins Glico Group.


Becoming a wholly owned Glico subsidiary, Glico Dairy Co., Ltd. renames Glico Dairy Products Co., Ltd.
The Office Glico business unit commences full-scale operations.
The code of conduct for the Glico Group is published.


Ezaki Glico, USA Co., Ltd. is established.


The Glico Wagon travels all over Japan from December 2010 to February 2011 to deliver a smile to everyone along its route.


Glico Nutrition Co., Ltd. splits into Glico Ham Co., Ltd. and Glico Nutrition Co., Ltd.
Glicopia East opens.
Sales of Pocky commence in Indonesia and Vietnam.


Sales of Pocky commence in Korea.
Glico-Wings is established in Indonesia.


All shares of Glico Ham are transferred to another company.
Sales of Pocky commence in Malaysia.
PT. Glico Indonesia is established in Jakarta.
The 6th generation Glico Sign lights up utilizing LEDs.


17 manufacturing companies, the Glico Marketing Department, and the SCM Division achieve Food Safety Management System FSSC 22000 Certification.
Glico Frozen (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is established.
Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd. merges with Glico Dairy Products Co., Ltd.


Ice cream sales commence in Thailand.
Chiba Ice Cream Co., Ltd. facilities expand.
The production and sales of ice cream commence in Indonesia.
Glico Channel Create Co., Ltd. is established.


Glico Malaysia SDN, BHD is established.
Glico Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. is established in Singapore.
Glicopia Chiba opens.


TCHO Ventures, Inc becomes a wholly owned Glico subsidiary
Glico Philippines, Inc. is established.
Glicopia Kobe renewal opens.


Icreo Co., Ltd. effects absorption-type company split and Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd. succeeds all of Icreo’s operations other than manufacturing functions.
Kansai Frozen Co., Ltd. merges with Shojikiya-Nyuhan Dairy Co., Ltd.
Glico North America Holdings, Inc. is established.
Ezaki Glico Vietnam Co., Ltd. is established.


PT Glico Manufacturing Indonesia is established.
Glico Manufacturing Japan Co., Ltd. is established.
Glico Manufacturing Japan Co., Ltd. succeeds businesses of 14 consolidated manufacturing subsidiaries through absorption-type merger.