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The Meiji Group

The Meiji Group was founded in Japan in 1916. For nearly a century, it has provided a broad range of products built upon the accumulated knowledge and skills of its talented workforce. Its products are extensive and include confectionery, dairy, baby food, infant formula, sports nutritionals, health and beauty items, as well as pharmaceuticals.

Meiji America Inc., founded in 2011, as the United States division distributes Meiji branded confections as well as Stauffer’s branded cookies and crackers in the US market.


Meiji manufactures and distributes a variety of unique confectionery and snack products including HELLO PANDA™, YAN YAN™ and CHOCOROOMS®. Hello Panda and Yan Yan are fun portable treats that are perfect for on-the-go snacking. Hello Panda has a crème center and a crunchy shell with drawings of cute Pandas enjoying various sports. Yan Yan is a fun and delicious activity with sweet cracker sticks and crème for dipping. Chocorooms are an indulgent snack with a unique mushroom shape and wonderful chocolate flavors. Its melt-in-your mouth crispy cracker stems are topped with milk and dark caps made from quality West African cocoa beans.


Stauffer’s is best recognized for its original Animal Crackers, but the company also produces a variety of crackers and cookies in 2 bakeries across the United States. Stauffer’s roots are in York, Pennsylvania where the first Animal Crackers were produced in 1871. Stauffer’s also started producing crackers and cookies at its Santa Ana, California bakery in 2001. Each day, Stauffer’s produces more than 250 tons of Animal Crackers, cookies and snack crackers on 15 oven lines using only the finest ingredients. Taste the rich cheddar cheese flavor of Whales or the Snaps’ crisp ginger, refreshing lemon, indulgent Apple Pie and Pumpkin Spice flavors.