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1899

Ichitaro Kanie first began cultivating tomatoes and other non-native vegetables

1903

Started production of tomato sauce (currently tomato puree)

1908

Started production of tomato ketchup and Worcestershire sauce

1933

Started sales of tomato juice

1949

Established Aichi Tomato Co., Ltd., through a merger of five companies:
Aichi Tomato Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Aichi Canned Products Co., Ltd.,
Shiga Canned Products Co., Ltd., Aichi Trading Co., Ltd., and Aichi Marine Industries Co., Ltd.

1963

Changed the Company’s name to Kagome Co., Ltd., and formulated the tomato logo

1966

Started sales of tomato ketchup in plastic tubes, a world first

1967

Established Taiwan Kagome Co., Ltd.

1973

Started sales of vegetable mixed juice

1978

Publicly listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

1979

Established the Kagome Research Institute in Tochigi Prefecture

1983

Changed the corporate mark to KAGOME as part of Kagome’s corporate identity strategy

1988

Achieved net sales of ¥100 billion.
Started operations in the United States as a manufacturer of tomato sauce for institutional and industrial use

1995

Launched YASAI SEIKATSU 100, which today is Japan’s best-selling series in the fruit & vegetable mixed juice category

1999

Entered the fresh tomato business
Started full-fledged entry into the fresh tomato business

2000

Announced our Corporate Philosophy: "Appreciation, Nature and Corporate Openness"

2001

Launched a strategy to increase "Kagome-Fan" shareholders
Acquired all shares in Snow Brand Labio Co., Ltd. to start a probiotics business

2003

Launched our corporate brand statement: "True to nature, the flavor of KAGOME" Established Vegitalia S.p.A. in Italy

2005

Established Kagome (Hangzhou) Food Co., Ltd., and began selling vegetable and fruit beverages

2006

Launched the Lactobacillus brevis KB290-based beverage "Labre"

2007

Kagome Co., Ltd. invested in Portugal-based Holding da Industria Transformadora do Tomate, SGPS S.A. (HIT), the holding company controlling Italagro (Industria da Transformacao de Productos Alimentares S.A.) and FIT (Fomento da Industria do Tomate S.A.), manufacturers of tomato products for institutional use.
Kagome Inc. acquired Creative Foods, LLC. (Current name: Kagome Foods, Inc.)

2010

Signed business purchase agreements with Australia-based tomato processing and farming companies and established holding company Kagome Australia Pty Ltd.

2012

Made Holding da Industria Transformadora do Tomate,SGPS S.A.(HIT) a subsidiary though purchase of additional shares
Established OSOTSPA KAGOME CO.,LTD. in Thailand

2013

Established Ruchi kagome Foods India Pvt. Ltd. In India
Made United Genetics Holding LLC a subsidiary through capital investment

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