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Japan: Ishiguro changes to Inochio

The Japanese Ishiguro group changes its company name and corporate brand to the Inochio Group.

Ishiguro Group

The Ishiguro Group is a well-known group of companies in Japan which specializes in agriculture and horticulture supplies and services. Since its foundation as a pharmacy by Rihei Ishiguro in 1909, the group has grown with local customers and stakeholders to become one of the leading companies in the agricultural industry.

Inochio Group

As of 1st of October 2015, Ishiguro Group renews its corporate brand with new company names and images. Ishiguro Group changes to Inochio Group. Mr. Isao Ishiguro, CEO of the group explains “The new name Inochio comes from a Japanese word “Inochi” meaning “life”, because ever since our company was born, we have always believed that agriculture is one of the oldest and fundamental jobs which was originally created to cultivate “life”. We wanted to bring the message in our company name by wishing that each of our employees sincerely cares, cultivates and connects agriculture and lives to the future. With this reorganization, the group can react more quickly and efficiently to recent change in circumstances surrounding the Japanese and world agricultural industry and expand our businesses.”
Although the name of the founder Ishiguro is no longer used, the Ishiguro family will stay as major shareholders and management of the Inochio Group.

Business clusters

Inochio Group has a holding company and 6 business clusters which consist of 13 business companies with more than 600 employees. The clusters work together closely to create added value to the products and services.

Inochio Holdings manages the group companies and makes group strategy, does brand marketing activities.

Plantcare cluster supports crop protection and sustainable agriculture by supplying agro-chemicals, biological control solution and fertilizers, driven by Inochio Plantcare Inc. (previously Ishiguro Seiyakusho) and 4 sister companies.

Agri cluster supports growers and entrepreneurs by designing, production, installation of greenhouses and cultivation systems and supplying total agriculture materials, driven by Inochio Agri Inc. (previously Ishiguro Nozai).

Flowers cluster contributes to national and international flower industry by its own breeding and product development and supporting flower producers, driven by Inochio Seikoen Inc. (previously Seikoen) one of the oldest chrysanthemum breeding companies in Japan and Inochio Flora Inc. own chrysanthemum production farm.

R&D cluster conducts research and development on new technology and trains professional growers, creates new businesses for the group, driven by:

  • Inochio Agriculture Research Center - providing pest & disease diagnosis and soil & water analysis, technical advice services and conducting product development and field trials.
  • Inochio Nougei Inc. (previously Ishiguro Nougei) - supplying chrysanthemum plant materials and producing fresh tomato.
  • Inochio Mirai Inc. – newly established large scale tomato production farm.

Marketing cluster creates higher value in fresh produce chain by connecting growers and consumers with added value and strong brand, driven by 2 companies.

Logistics cluster provides professional transport service specialized in greenhouse and construction materials, driven by Inochio Logistics Inc. with 45 years of experience.

International location

Since 2008, the group has its Dutch office in Westland the center of greenhouse horticulture. The office Inochio Holland promotes trade of advanced horticultural systems and products by working with well-known Dutch companies such as Hoogendoorn, Royal Brinkman, Van Iperen, Van der Knaap, Cultilene, Bosman van Zaal and Royal van Zanten. To bring Japanese horticulture to a higher level, Inochio Holland also transfers know-how of advanced cultivation technique to Japan with experienced consultants.

For more information:
Inochio Holdings Inc.
146 Wakamatsu, Wakamatsu-cho,
Toyohashi, Aichi 441-8123, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)532-25-7621
Fax: +81-(0)532-25-5574
[email protected]

Inochio Holland
Kohei Ishiguro
Jupiter 400, 2675LX Honselersdijk, the Netherlands
- Horti Business Center, "The Greenhouse"
Tel: +31-(0)174-727-009
[email protected]
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