Shokuhin Kogyo Co., Ltd. (now Kewpie Corporation) founded
In 1919, Kewpie’s predecessor company, Shokuhin Kogyo Co., Ltd., was founded as a food manufacturer. The company, located in modern-day Nakano-ku, Tokyo, started manufacturing sauces and canned goods. Toichiro Nakashima was listed as one of several directors at Shokuhin Kogyo when the company was established. He subsequently commenced the manufacture of Kewpie Mayonnaise and played a key role in the company’s ensuing growth.
In 1918, Nakashima founded Nakashima Shoten (now NAKASHIMATO CO., LTD.), which marketed products manufactured by Kewpie until 1972.