The History of Ezaki Glico

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Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.

Ezaki Glico logo with tagline

Native name


Romanized name

Ezaki Guriko Kabushiki-gaisha


Public (K.K.)

Traded as

TYO: 2206


Food manufacturing


Nishi-ku, Osaka, Japan (February 11, 1922)


Riichi Ezaki (江崎 利一 Ezaki Riichi?)


Osaka, Osaka, Japan

Key people

Katsuhisa Ezaki

(President and CEO)[1]




Steady¥284,048 million

US$3,416,097 thousand

(83.15 yen/US dollar, March 2011)[1]

Operating income

Decrease¥9,998 million

US$120,237 thousand

(83.15 yen/US dollar, March 2011)[1]

Net income

Decrease¥3,786 million

US$45,530 thousand

(83.15 yen/US dollar, March 2011)[1]

Total assets

Decrease¥194,055 million

US$2,333,795 thousand

(83.15 yen/US dollar, March 2011)[1]

Total equity

Steady¥108,629 million

US$1,306,429 thousand

(83.15 yen/US dollar, March 2011)[1]

Number of employees

4,928 (2013)


Glico Dairy Products Co., Ltd.

ICREO Co., Ltd.

Glico Foods Co., Ltd.

Hokkaido Glico Co., Ltd. (-June 2012)

Tohoku Glico Co., Ltd.

Ibaraki Glico Co., Ltd.

Glico Chiba Ice Cream Co., Ltd.

Kanto Glico Co., Ltd.

Tokyo Glico Co., Ltd. (-April 2012)

Takefu Glico Co., Ltd. (-January 2012)

 Mie Glico Co., Ltd.

 Kansai Glico Co., Ltd.

 Kobe Glico Co., Ltd.

 Glico Hyogo Ice Cream Co., Ltd.

 Tottori Glico Co., Ltd.

 Kyushu Glico Co., Ltd.

 Thai Glico Co., Ltd.

 Generale Biscuit Glico France S.A.

 Shanghai Ezaki Glico Foods Co., Ltd.

 Ezaki Glico USA Co., Ltd.

 Glico Canada Corporation



Ezaki Glico headquarters in Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka

Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd. (江崎グリコ株式会社 Ezaki Guriko Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a Japanese confectionery company headquartered in Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka.[1] The company manufactures the traditional Glico caramel, as well as Pocky (also known as Mikado in Europe) and many others. The company name, Glico, is derived from a shortening of the word glycogen.[2] The first produced by the company was known as Glico-Caramel. The Glico 300 meter running man trademark is also derived from the original caramel: it is 15.4 kcal, which is enough energy to run exactly 300 meters. (Calculated from a formula stating that a person 165 centimeters in height and weighing 55 kilograms will burn 8.21 kcal running 160 metres in one minute. Over a period of 1.88 minutes, such a person would burn 15.4 kcal running 300 metres.)


The company's large neon sign located above Dotonbori in Osaka has been a landmark of the city since its initial construction in 1935.[3] It bears the Glico running man on a blue race track, as well as some of Osaka's other landmarks in the background. The giant neon sign has been revised on several occasions in order to celebrate events such as the World Cup and to bolster team spirit for Osaka's baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers. As the sign is quite well known, it has long been a popular photo stop for tourists as well as locals.


The company was also the main sponsor of the anime series Tetsujin 28 (1963—1966, the original Japanese version of Gigantor).

Contents  [hide]

1 Corporate message

2 Products 2.1 Confectioneries

2.2 Ice-cream products

2.3 Processed foods

2.4 Health-related foods

3 See also

4 References

5 External links


Corporate message[edit]

"Good Taste and Good Health" (おいしさと健康, 1971—1992)

"A Wholesome Life in the Best of Taste" (1992—, message in Japanese "おいしさと健康" is still in use)




Pocky, chocolate-coated pretzel sticks, which come in many other flavours.

Pretz, pretzel sticks.

Almond Chocolate, pretzel sticks coated with chocolate and crushed almonds.

Caplico, frosting-dipped waffle biscuits in the shape of ice cream cones that come in either chocolate or strawberry flavour.

Bisco, wheat germ crackers with yogurt cream.

Karujaga (かるじゃが?), potato sticks with a hollow middle, giving it extra crunch.

péjoy, chocolate creme filled biscuit sticks. "Pocky's friend"

Ice-cream products[edit]

Giant Cone, ice cream in a large cone with crisp chocolate and nut toppings.

Panapp, vanilla ice cream in a handy long cup with fruit sauce fillings in the centre.

Papico, sherbet that comes in tubes.

Ice no Mi (アイスの実?), bite-sized round ice candies that was promoted by an extremely realistic CG character, Aimi Eguchi, who was created by Glico using facial features from members of the pop band AKB48.

Calorie Control Ice Cream series, which uses lower-calorie sweetening agents maltitol and sucralose in place of sugar and starch syrup often used in ice cream. Tofu is also used to replace dairy products to lower the amount of calories.


Processed foods[edit]

Ni-dan Juku Curry

Curry Zeppin

Donburi-tei, instant donburi.

Health-related foods[edit]

Power Production, a series of supplemental food products for athletes.

BREO, an oral care that was developed for cleaning the tongue and breath.


See also[edit]

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Aimi Eguchi, CGI pop idol created by Glico

Glico Morinaga case




1.^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g "Annual Report 2011" (PDF). 6-5, Utajima, 4-chome, Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka 555-8502, Japan: Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd. Retrieved July 29, 2011.

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(Japanese) Official website

(English) Corporate Profile

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For other uses, see Caramel (disambiguation).

A saucer of liquid caramel



Main ingredients



brittles, nougats, pralines, crème brûlée, crème caramel, and caramel apple

Cookbook: Caramel   Media: Caramel


A crème caramel flan that is topped with caramel sauce

Caramel (/ˈkærəmɛl/ or /ˈkɑrməl/[1][2]) is a beige to dark-brown confectionery product made by heating a variety of sugars. It can be used as a flavoring in puddings and desserts, as a filling in bonbons, or as a topping for ice cream and custard.


The process of caramelization consists of heating sugar slowly to around 340 °F (170 °C). As the sugar heats, the molecules break down and re-form into compounds with a characteristic color and flavor.


A variety of candies, desserts, and confections are made with caramel: brittles, nougats, pralines, crème brûlée, crème caramel, and caramel apples. Ice creams sometimes are flavored with or contain swirls of caramel.[3]

Contents  [hide]

1 Etymology

2 Caramel sauce

3 Caramel

4 Caramel coloring

5 Chemistry

6 Nutritional information

7 See also

8 References

9 External links




The English word comes from French caramel, borrowed from Spanish caramelo (18th century), itself possibly from Portuguese caramel.[4] Most likely that comes from Late Latin calamellus 'sugar cane', a diminutive of calamus 'reed, cane', itself from Greek κάλαμος. Less likely, it comes from a Medieval Latin cannamella, from canna 'cane' + mella 'honey'.[5] Finally, some dictionaries connect it to an Arabic kora-mochalla 'ball of sweet'.[6][7]


Caramel sauce[edit]

Caramel sauce is made by heating water and caster sugar (also called superfine sugar) at a low to moderate temperature until the sugar dissolves and "caramelizes," changing color to golden brown.

Milk caramel sold as square candies, either for eating or for melting down.

Caramel sauce being made in a pan with a whisk.

Caramel [edit]


Caramel is a soft, dense, chewy made by boiling a mixture of milk or cream, sugar(s), butter, and vanilla (or vanilla flavoring). The sugar(s) are heated separately to reach 170 °C (340 °F), caramelizing them before the other ingredients are added.[8] Alternatively, all ingredients may be cooked together; in this procedure, the mixture is not heated above the firm ball stage (120 °C (250 °F)), so that caramelization of the milk occurs but not caramelization of the sugars. This type is often called milk caramel or cream caramel.

Caramel coloring[edit]

Main article: Caramel color

Caramel coloring, a dark, bitter-tasting liquid, is the highly concentrated product of near total caramelization, bottled for commercial use. It is used as food coloring and in beverages, such as cola.


Main article: Caramelization

Caramelization is the removal of water from a sugar, proceeding to isomerization and polymerization of the sugars into various high-molecular-weight compounds. Compounds such as difructose anhydride may be created from the monosaccharides after water loss. Fragmentation reactions result in low-molecular-weight compounds that may be volatile and may contribute to flavor. Polymerization reactions lead to larger-molecular-weight compounds that contribute to the dark-brown color.[9]


In modern recipes and in commercial production, glucose (from corn syrup or wheat) or invert sugar is added to prevent crystallization, making up 10%–50% of the sugars by mass. "Wet caramels" made by heating sucrose and water instead of sucrose alone produce their own invert sugar due to thermal reaction, but not necessarily enough to prevent crystallization in traditional recipes.[10]


Nutritional information[edit]

Two tablespoons (i.e., 41 grams) of commercially prepared butterscotch or caramel topping contain:[11]

Calories (kcal): 103

Protein (g): 0.62

Total lipids (fat): 0.04

Carbohydrates, by difference (g): 27.02

Fiber, total dietary (g): 0.4

Cholesterol (mg): 0.0

See also[edit]


Portal icon Food portal


Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel, a British brand of caramel chocolate bar

Caramac, a British brand of caramel bar

Carambar, a French brand of caramel bar

Caramel corn, popcorn coated in caramel

Caramilk, a Canadian brand of caramel chocolate bar

Confiture de lait, caramelized, sweetened milk

Dodol, a caramelized confection made with coconut milk

Dulce de leche, caramelized, sweetened milk

Maillard reaction

Tablet (confectionery), Scottish made with condensed milk





1.Jump up ^ New Oxford American Dictionary (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. 2010. p. 260.

2.Jump up ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2011. p. 278.

3.Jump up ^ CondeNet. "Salted Caramel Ice Cream". Epicurious.

4.Jump up ^ American Heritage Dictionary, 5th edition, 2011, s.v.

5.Jump up ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1st edition, 1888, s.v.

6.Jump up ^ Littré, Dictionnaire de la langue française, s.v.

7.Jump up ^ The arguments are summarized in Paget Toynbee, "Cennamella"--"Caramel"--"Canamell", The Academy, 34:864:338, November 24, 1888.

8.Jump up ^ "Ready for Dessert".

9.Jump up ^ Caramelization, retrieved 2009-05-07

10.Jump up ^ "6. Sugar confectionery". Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Retrieved 2013-01-01.

11.Jump up ^ "Nutrient data for 19364, Toppings, butterscotch or caramel". National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. USDA, ARS, NAL, Nutrient Data Laboratory.






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Sticks of original-type Pocky

Place of origin



Ezaki Glico

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Biscuit stick, chocolate

Cookbook: Pocky   Media: Pocky

Pocky (ポッキー Pokkī?, Japanese pronunciation: [pokːiː] ( listen)) /ˈpɒki/ is a Japanese snack food produced by Ezaki Glico. Pocky was first sold in 1966,[1] and consists of chocolate-coated biscuit sticks. It was named after the Japanese onomatopoetic word pokkin (ポッキン?).


The original was followed by almond coatings in 1976, and strawberry coatings in 1977. Today, the product line includes variations as milk, mousse, green tea, honey, banana, cookies and cream, and coconut flavored coatings, and themed products such as "Decorer Pocky", with colorful decorative stripes in the coating, and "Men's Pocky", a dark (bittersweet) chocolate and "mature" version.


Contents  [hide]

1 World distribution

2 Flavors and variations

3 Pronunciation

4 Glico Morinaga case

5 Controversy

6 See also

7 References

8 External links 8.1 English

8.2 Japan

World distribution[edit]

Pocky logo


Mikado (United Kingdom)

Pocky is a very popular treat in Japan, especially among teenagers.[citation needed] In bars, it is sometimes served with a glass of ice water.[2] It also has a significant presence in other Asian countries, such as China, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Burma, Brunei and Vietnam.[3] In Malaysia, Pocky was sold under the name "Rocky" for four decades. In 2014 it was rebranded under the name "Pocky" with a new package design and slogan. Commercials featuring Malaysian singer Yuna, also began to air in 2015 in order to give brand recognition and a sales boost.[4][5]


In Europe Pocky is produced under license by Mondelēz International and sold under the name "Mikado" in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.[6] "Mikado" can be found at most supermarkets[citation needed] and many international food stores.


In the United States and Canada Pocky can be found in Asian supermarkets and the international section of most large supermarkets, such as World Market, H-E-B, Wegmans, Walmart (in the Asian foods aisle), some Target stores, some Walgreens, Meijer, and anime convention dealers' rooms. In the United States, Pocky is marketed both by LU (in chocolate and peanut butter flavors), and by Ezaki Glico's American division, Ezaki Glico USA Corporation (in chocolate and strawberry flavors).


In Australia and New Zealand, it is usually sold in Asian convenience markets, along with other Asian foods and products. Like the United States and Canada there are also widely available in the international sections on the Asian food aisles of most large supermarket chains. Specialty importers also exist in Australia and New Zealand.


Flavors and variations[edit]


Original design of "Pocky" prior to 2014 in Malaysia, released under the brand name "Rocky"

Pocky can be found in dozens of varieties such as chocolate, strawberry, and almond. Some of the more unusual flavors include the seasonal flavors of honey (spring) and kiwifruit mango (summer). The bittersweet version of chocolate Pocky is known as Men's Pocky. Regional flavors of Pocky include grape (Nagano), yūbari melon (Hokkaidō), giant mikan (tangerine, sold in the Kyūshū region), powdered tea azuki bean (Kyoto), Kobe wine (Kobe), and five-fusion berry (Goka). Also, flavors such as banana, lychee, coffee, caramel, marble royal milk tea, melon, Daim bar (sold in the UK), milk, honey and milk, cream cheese, berry, sweet potato, coconut, crush (crunchy cracker pieces in chocolate), corn on the cob, pineapple, pumpkin, kurogoma (black sesame), kinako (soy bean flour), marron, Brazilian pudding, mikan, blueberry, apple yogurt, hazelnut, mixed berry and green tea are available.


The latest flavors are special editions, 2 two-tone flavors in a larger box than chocolate or strawberry Pocky provides ( Special Editions: 2.47 oz. [70 g], Normal Pocky: 1.41 oz. [40 g]).The 2 newest flavors are cookies and cream and banana chocolate. Both have brown biscuit sticks (in the chocolate banana Pocky case, the biscuit is the chocolate and banana cream.) The cookies and cream consists of blended Oreos with a slight chocolaty flavor of the biscuit.


Special variations of Pocky include Decorer Pocky (which features extra decorative icing) and Mousse Pocky (which features extra thick, "creamy" mousse-like icing and is more exclusive). Unlike other Pocky variations, Mousse Pocky packages contain fewer pieces than regular Pocky, with only nine per pack.


Dessert Pocky features Pocky sticks covered in a generous helping of cream. These flavors include: Double Chocolate, Tiramisu, Chocolate Banana, Marron White, Chestnut, Strawberry Shortcake, and Orange. Dessert Pocky usually comes with five packets in a box with three in each sleeve.


Another variation of Pocky is the My Calorie Pocky (マイ カロリー ポッキー mai karorī pokkī?), which has one-fourth the calories of regular chocolate Pocky.


Other variations include: Pocky G (marketed as being "hard and rich"), Giant Pocky (strawberry- and chocolate-flavored; each box contains 20 individually wrapped sticks with real dried strawberry; each stick is about 10" long, and about three times the diameter of a normal Pocky stick), Reverse Pocky (cracker on the outside with the filling in the middle), Fortune-Telling Pocky (each stick contained a "fortune"), and Pocky Cake (a literal cake shaped to look like a Pocky stick. Each cake contained, according to its packaging, raisins, chocolate cream, orange peel, and an Italian cake batter).


A related product is Pretz, which is an unglazed version of Pocky, featuring flavors like tomato, pizza, and salad, as well as sweet flavors such as French toast



Pocky (pronounced by a native speaker of Japanese).

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Some confusion exists in the English-speaking world as to how to pronounce "Pocky". Japanese pokkī is pronounced [pokːiː].[citation needed] Both it and its Roman transcription are analogous to English words such as "rocky", which is taken into Japanese as rokkī, suggesting an intended English pronunciation of /ˈpɒki/.

Glico Morinaga case[edit]

Main article: Glico Morinaga case


Following threats by the Monster with 21 Faces to poison Glico confections and the resulting mass withdrawal of Glico products from shelves, a man wearing a Yomiuri Giants baseball cap was caught placing Glico chocolate on a store shelf by a security camera. This man was believed to be the mastermind behind the Monster with 21 Faces. The security camera photo was made public after this incident.[7]




On 30 September 2008, Hong Kong authorities announced that melamine had been detected in Pocky Men's coffee cream-coated biscuit sticks made in China. Ezaki Glico had no immediate comment on the reported contamination. The melamine contamination level was found to be 43 ppm (the legal limit is 2.5 ppm).[8]


See also[edit]

Glico Morinaga case



List of Japanese snacks

Cadbury Fingers


Yan Yan (snack)



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8.Jump up ^ "Lipton Milk Tea Powder Recalled In Asia". CBS News. September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-08.


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