Our History,

In 1883, our founder Keisuke Kobayashi started the business in Yokohama. Our history began with the export of Japanese mint grown in Hokkaido. After a while, we also started exporting other raw materials grown in Japan, including red peppers grown in Tochigi Prefecture and ginger grown in Shizuoka Prefecture.
And, we moved our head office to Kobe due to the Great Kanto Earthquake, which occurred in 1923.
In 1939, World War II broke out, and such supplies from Japan came to an end; therefore, we shifted our business from exports to imports.
The company became a wholesale trading company importing food products such as spices, herbs, nuts and dried fruits, from all over the world.
In terms of imports of spices, we have so far stayed in the industry’s leading position.
In 2011, the Kobe Spice Center was built to realize quality-first processing and develop a system that enables high-mix low-volume production, which has allowed us to build further trust with our customers.
In the same year, we also started dealing with retail products such as wine and olive oil.
While the economic environment is constantly changing, we are discovering and introducing products with high added value from all over the world so as to meet the diversifying needs for food.


The founder Keisuke Kobayashi starts the business in Yokohama.
The company exports natural Japanese mint. “Kobayashi” becomes synonymous with Japanese mint in Europe and America.

1923 The company moves to Kobe due to the damage from the Great Kanto Earthquake.
1944 The company is incorporated as K. Kobayashi & Co., Ltd.
1966 The Tokyo branch office opens.
1980 Hiroshi Kobayashi becomes the president. The company expands imports of spices and becomes Japan’s largest importer in the industry.

The company acquires ISO 9001 certification for the first time in the history of the spice industry.

2011 The construction of the Kobe Spice Center is completed.
2015 The company acquires FSSC 22000 certification for the first time in the history of the spice industry.