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1917 Noda Shoyu Co. Ltd. (forerunner to Kikkoman) is founded in Noda through the merger of eight family companies.
1931 The Takasago plant is constructed near Osaka, Japan
1939 The Goyogura plant is built in Noda to preserve traditional techniques and continue production of soy sauce for the Imperial Household.
1949 Export of soy sauce resumes
1957 Kikkoman International Inc. is founded in San Francisco, U.S.A. for sales and marketing
1962 Kikkoman creates a soft drink bottling franchise, Tone Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Ltd., in Noda.
Manns Wine Co., Ltd. is established in Japan.
Kikkoman enters a venture to market Del Monte products in Japan.
An agreement is reached with the Leslie Salt Company in the U.S. to start local bottling of soy sauce and teriyaki sauce.
1969 Kikkoman invests in Japan Food Corporation, a trading company and predecessor to JFC International Inc., in San Francisco.