History(1917-1969)

1917

Noda Shoyu Co. Ltd. (forerunner to Kikkoman) founded in Noda through merger of eight family companies

Guiding principles drawn up  at time of Noda Shoyu's  founding

Guiding principles drawn up
at time of Noda Shoyu's
founding

1931

Takasago Factory is constructed near Osaka, Japan

Takasago Factory today

Takasago Factory today

1939

Goyogura is built in Noda to preserve traditional techniques and continue production of soy sauce for Imperial Household

Goyogura after its initial opening

Goyogura as it stands today

1940

"Kikkoman" adapted as single brand name nationwide

1949

Export of soy sauce resumes

Poster declaring re-start of  soy sauce exports

Poster declaring re-start of
soy sauce exports

1957

Kikkoman International Inc. is founded in San Francisco for sales and marketing

Inside a supermarket in 1960's

Kikkoman advertisement from 1960's

1962

Manns Wine Co., Ltd. is established in Japan

 
1967

Partnered with 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