About Hakubaku

Our Philosophy

To generate impressive value in our grain products to promote the highest value in nutrition and healthy eating to our customers worldwide.

Fundamental Thoughts

The pursuit toward healthy living really took off in the United States in the early 1970’s. And in that movement, the Japanesediet has been promoted as the “ideal” diet based on low fat and high nutritional value foods. Some of the MOST valuable dishes are based on a diet centering on healthy nutrition-dense grains.
Hakubaku, since its foundation in Japan, has been working on delicious tasting grains We keep striving to explore new possibilities of grains every day.

The Kokumotsu Company

What does Hakubaku mean?
“Hakubaku” means “White Barley” in Japanese. It describes Hakubaku’s desire that our customers will enjoy nutrient-rich “Barley” in the same way as white rice, which is primary food in Japan.
Since the foundation, we have been deeply involved with 5 Grains; Barley, Rice, Millet, Wheat and Soba(Buckwheat). Our corporate logo expresses that 5 Grains, Barley, Rice, Millet, Wheat and Soba(Buckwheat) will spread worldwide thereafter.
“Kokumotsu” means “Grain” in Japanese. In view of our corporate history and our determination to keep providing the ideal diet, we define ourselves as “The Kokumotsu Company”.
We continue to deepen our knowledge on grains and realize “The Kokumotsu Company” through providing new innovations in grain products and processing technology.

The Staple Foods Frontier

Meaning of Staple Foods Frontier is what we call our brand vision of creating impressive value in our grains as a staple food. We think it is absolutely necessary that we pioneer the possibility of grains as staple foods and create impressive value beyond just packing and processing to achieve our goal of providing an ideal diet.

We believe our mission is to do our best for staple foods and go beyond what is traditional. We are convinced you will see us as the pioneer after tasting our sensational grain, flour and noodle product lines. Hakubaku’s focus on what makes a tasty and nutritious staple food makes us unique.

Message from the President

There are various grains or kokumotsu such as rice, barley, millet, buckwheat, and beans.
Kokumotsu are foods consumed traditionally almost daily and they support a well-balanced dietary style that is a major source of good health.
In Japan, kokumotsu are consumed as staple foods which, combined with side dishes, including cooked seasonal vegetables and fish, are at the center of everyday food consumption.
This is still considered to be the ideal dietary style.
We would like to spread this healthy ideal food consumption culture, which is centered around eating healthy kokumotsu as staple foods, to prepare around the world.
We believe this is the mission of "The Kokumotsu Company".
We bring people and kokumotsu together with healthiness and tastiness.
Since its foundation, Hakubaku has deepened and enhanced its knowledge and skills in kokumotsu over almost 70 years.
Therefore, by optimizing the experience we have in supporting versatile dietary needs in Japan, we promise to offer the healthy Japanese diet culture we are proud of, to the world in the form of tasty and healthy products.

Hakubaku Co., Ltd.
Shigetoshi Nagasawa, President

Shigetoshi Nagasawa Sign

Shigetoshi Nagasawa Image

History of Hakubaku

The word Hakubaku means white barley like rice. In 1941 at the time of its foundation, barley was a necessary part of staple diet for the Japanese dining tables as an alternative for rice.
Barley has four times the calcium, twice the corn and ten times the dietary fiber compared to rice.
The beginning of the history of Hakubaku is to aim for the popularization of highly nutritious food while making it taste good and easy to eat.
Since then, we not only have continued to develop new products with healthy kokumotsu, but build plants that maximize leading edge technology one after the other.
At present, Hakubaku takes pride in its single plants for barley and dried noodles with top scale equipment in Japan. Based on a through quality control, collection of raw material supply, processing, packaging and shipment are conducted in the plant.
As the leading brand in the market with annual sales of $140 million, we will deliver ideal dietary style to dining tables around the world.


1941 Founded as Kyonan Seimai Co., Ltd on April 15th
1953 Names its revolutionary barley product "Hakubakumai"
1957 Changes the company name to Hakubakumai Co., Ltd., and builds the Osaka plant at Fukushima-ku Osaka
1959 Builds as automated single noodle plant
1961 In response to increasing demand for flour, builds the Newmatic flour plant
1962 Builds a food plant (ramen noodle production)
1966 Builds a modern Hakubakumai plant equipped with Newmatic system
1972 Builds a natural barley tea production plant
1941 Builds a new factory at Osaka plant
1975 Builds new facility at Nakano plant for dried noodles with largest production capability in Japan
1992 Changes the company name to Hakubaku Co., Ltd.
1995 Inaugurated as "R&D Center"
1998 Begins operation of the Hakubaku Australia Plant
2002 Acquires ISO9001 certification
2003 Shigetoshi Nagasawa is assigned as President
2004 Acquires ISO14001 certification
2006 Launches VI / changes the corporate design "The Kokumotsu Company"
2009 Co-acquires a 1090 hectare farmland at Liverpool, Australia
2011 Begins operation of the new Barley Tea factory
2012 Establishes Tokyo Head Quarter office
2013 Acquires Food safety management system FSSC22000 on Barley Tea factory
2014 Acquire Chuo Factory
2015 Begins operation of the Hakubaku USA, Inc.