Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

June 24, 2024

Introducing a New Calorie Mate Block Production Line
Developing a Sustainable Factory that is Kind to the Environment and Employees

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Otsuka) has established a new production line for block-type Calorie Mate within its Second Tokushima Factory to meet increasing demand. The new line commenced operations on June 24.

Calorie Mate block production process


Since its launch in 1983, Calorie Mate has been offered as a balanced nutritional food that conveniently provides the five essential nutrients the body needs. It was created to suit various needs and scenarios, such as busy mornings, studying for exams, sports, and work, adapting to changes in times and society along the way. In recent years, Calorie Mate has experienced strong sales because it addresses nutritional needs amidst a growing sense of health consciousness. To meet this growing demand, we have renovated the Second Tokushima Factory to strengthen our production system and establish a new production line for block-type Calorie Mate. As a result, the production capacity of this product will be approximately 1.5 times that of the existing total output of both the Second Tokushima Factory and Tokushima Wajiki Factory combined.

The newly established production line incorporates new MES*1 and IoT*2 technologies to enhance manufacturing and quality control while adopting environmentally conscious equipment to promote energy conservation and reduce CO2 emissions. Additionally, we have introduced robotic devices to assist in transporting heavy materials to ensure all genders can work comfortably and to reduce the physical burden on our employees.

As a sustainable factory that is kind to the environment and its employees, we are committed to improving productivity and employee engagement. We aim to establish a solid foundation that can adapt to changes in the business environment while continuing to contribute to maintaining and improving people's health.

  1. *1Abbreviation for "Manufacturing Execution System."
  2. *2 Abbreviation for "Internet of Things." It refers to connecting various objects, such as automobiles, home appliances, robots, and facilities, to the Internet to exchange information. This connectivity facilitates the digitization of objects and automation based on the data exchanged, creating new added value.
  • About Otsuka Pharmaceutical's Tokushima Second Factory

The Tokushima Second Factory, located in the Imagire Industrial Park in Tokushima City, was established in 1980 as a facility for synthesizing active pharmaceutical ingredients for in-house developed pharmaceuticals. Subsequently, it began manufacturing nutritional products and pharmaceutical formulations. It is the only factory within Otsuka Pharmaceutical that produces three types of products: active pharmaceutical ingredients, pharmaceutical formulations, and nutritional products.

Name Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Second Tokushima Factory
Address 224-18, Ebisuno, Hiraishi, Kawauchi-cho, Tokushima-shi, Tokushima 771-0182, Japan
Products Pharmaceuticals: Active pharmaceutical ingredients, pharmaceutical formulations Nutraceutical Products: Calorie Mate, theCALCIUM
Year Established 1980
  • About Calorie Mate

    Calorie Mate, first introduced in 1983, is a "balanced nutritional food" that conveniently provides the five major nutrients - protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals - in a well-balanced manner. Available in block, jelly, and liquid forms, it is popular with people of all ages and used in various situations, such as when regular meals are not an option, during sports activities, or while studying or working.

    【Calorie Mate Block Product Features】

    ✔ Contains the essential nutrients for the body: protein, fat, carbohydrates, 11 types of vitamins*3, and 5 types of minerals*4 in a well-balanced manner.
    ✔ Each serving (4 bars) contains about half of the daily required amount of vitamins*5.
    ✔ Each bar has 100kcal, making calorie calculation simple.
    ✔ It has a long shelf life and is convenient to carry, allowing you to use it anytime, anywhere.
    ✔ Available in five flavors: cheese, fruit, chocolate, maple, and vanilla.

    1. *3Vitamins: A, B₁, B₂, B₆, B₁₂, C, D, E, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid
    2. *4 Minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus
    3. *5Daily required amount is based on the "Nutrient Reference Values"