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Kikkoman Corporation
Native name キッコーマン株式会社
Type Public
Traded as TYO: 2801
Industry Food and Drink
Founded December 7, 1917; 96 years ago (1917-12-07)
Headquarters Noda, Japan
Key people Yuzaburo Mogi,
Noriaki Horikiri
(CEO and President)
Products Food products, beverages, biochemical products, management services
Revenue Increase US$3.369 billion (2014)
Net income Increase US$123.3 million (2014)
Employees 5,622
Footnotes / references

Kikkoman Corporation (キッコーマン株式会社 Kikkōman Kabushiki-gaisha?) is an international food and drink company based in Japan. Its main products and services include soy sauce, food seasoning and flavoring, mirin, shōchū, and sake, juice and other beverages, pharmaceuticals, and restaurant management services.

Kikkoman has production plants in Japan, the U.S., the Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan, and China.[3] Kikkoman is the most popular brand of soy sauce in Japan[4] and the United States.[5][6]


Founded in 1917, it is based in Noda, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. It is a combination of 8 family-owned businesses founded as early as 1603 by the Mogi and Takanashi families.[7]

Kikkoman's logo is the kamon (emblem) of its founder.[8]


  • 1917: Eight soy sauce producers band together to form Kikkoman Corporation.
  • 1957: Kikkoman International, Inc. is established in San Francisco.
  • 1962: The company begins bottling Coke soft drinks in Japan.
  • 1964: Mann's Wine Company is formed.
  • 1972: Kikkoman opens soy sauce production facility in Walworth, Wisconsin.
  • 1990: The company buys the Asian arm of Del Monte Foods.[9]


Sashimi soy sauce 
Kikkoman General Hospital in Noda, Japan 


  1. ^ "Corporate Profile". Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kikkoman Financial Statements". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Message from the Management". Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Factbook Business Information Fiscal 2008
  5. ^ Story of Soy Sauce
  6. ^ Factbook Business Information Fiscal 2008
  7. ^ Shurtleff, William; Aoyagi, Akiko. 2012. History of Soy Sauce (160 CE to 2012). Lafayette, California. 2,523 pp. (8,554 references, 228 photos and illustrations. Free online).
  8. ^
  9. ^ Shimizu, Hiroshi (2008). Japanese Firms in Contemporary Singapore. NUS Press. ISBN 978-9971-69-384-8. 

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