Corporate / Management Business

Kikkoman breaks ground on $560 million new Wisconsin production facility in Jefferson County

June 13, 2024

To the sound of massive Japanese taiko drums and the background of a traditional Shinto ceremony, Kikkoman, the world’s leading producer of traditionally brewed soy sauce, ushered in a new chapter in the company’s history at a groundbreaking ceremony for a major new production facility in the rural community of Jefferson, Wisconsin on June 12, 2024.

Ceremonial first dig at Groundbreaking Event

Kikkoman has played a vital role in the Wisconsin economy for more than half a century. In 1973 with the opening of Kikkoman Foods, Inc. (KFI), in Walworth, Wisconsin, the company transformed farm fields into what has now become the highest-producing soy sauce facility in the western world.

Since that time, Kikkoman has forged partnerships and friendships within the Walworth community, celebrating shared cultural values like hard work, respect, cooperation, and a commitment to excellence. Now, the company is investing $560 million in the new Jefferson facility over a ten-year period.

At the ceremony, Governor Tony Evers expressed the state’s gratitude to Kikkoman for its long history of collaboration and investment in Wisconsin. Also, Mr. Yuzaburo Mogi, Honorary CEO and Chairman of the Board, Kikkoman Corporation, spoke to the company’s longstanding commitment to the state. “Today, we are committing to an investment in the community of Jefferson and the state of Wisconsin,” he said. “Kikkoman believes in Wisconsin, and we are grateful to this great state for believing in us. Our collaboration began half a century ago as a leap of faith, and today, it continues as a promise of continued growth and cultural connection.”

The new facility will produce soy sauce and soy sauce–related seasonings, including teriyaki sauce, with the first shipments of soy sauce planned for fall, 2026.

Planned construction site for Jefferson, Wisconsin Plant (as of June 12, 2024)

Please visit the following webpages for further information on the new production facility in Jefferson:
Kikkoman Announces Construction of Third U.S. Plant | Kikkoman Corporation
Notice Regarding Construction Site of Third Kikkoman U.S. Plant | Kikkoman Corporation