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Corporate History

Year/Month Chronology
1919 Nov. Established Shokuhin Kogyo Co., Ltd. (the predecessor of Kewpie Corporation) in Nakano ward, Tokyo to start the manufacture of various types of food products.
1925 Mar. Launched KEWPIE Mayonnaise in a glass jar, the first mayonnaise sold in Japan.
The total volume shipped this initial year was 600kg. The volume had increased to 7 tons in the following year.
1932 Launched Aohata Orange Marmalade and Strawberry Jam.
1943 Mar. Stopped the production of mayonnaise, since it was difficult to obtain ingredients that met the quality of KEWPIE Mayonnaise due to the war.
1948 Mar. Resumed the production of KEWPIE Mayonnaise.
The amount of annual shipment was 24 tons and increased to 58 tons in the following year.
1950 Launched Aohata Sweet Corn, the first canned sweet corn in Japan.
1957 Changed the company name to Kewpie Corporation.
  • Launched KEWPIE Mayonnaise in a plastic bottle.
  • Launched KEWPIE French Dressing, the first bottled dressing sold in Japan.
1959 Launched KEWPIE Meat Sauce, the first meat sauce sold in Japan.
1960 Launched KEWPIE Baby Food series.
1966 Feb. Established a company named Kewpie Souko Corporation from the warehousing division (the predecessor of K.R.S. Corporation).
1969 Feb. Relocated the head office to Shibuya ward, Tokyo.
  • The name was listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • Launched Aohata 55 Orange Marmalade, the low-sugar type.
1973 Apr. The name was listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1977 May. Established Kewpie Egg Corporation from the egg products division.
1982 Mar. Established Q&B FOODS, INC. in the United States to start the production of mayonnaise.
1982 Dec. Formed the Fine Chemical Project Team.
1987 Feb. Established Thai Q.P. Co., Ltd., the predecessor of KEWPIE (THAILAND) CO., LTD.
1990 Jan. Acquired shares of HENNINGSEN FOODS, INC., the egg product processor in the U.S.
1991 Launched KEWPIE Half, the health conscious mayonnaise with 50% less calorie compared to regular KEWPIE Mayonnaise.
1993 Dec. Established Beijing Q.P. Co.Ltd. (the predecessor of BEIJING KEWPIE CO., LTD.) in China.
1998 Jul. Launched nursing care food series.
  • Launched KEWPIE Deep-roasted Sesame Dressing.
  • Transferred the sales operations of prepared foods to Deria Foods Co.,Ltd.
2001 Jul. Established K pack Co., Ltd. to specialize in manufacture and sales of various condiments filled in small sachets.
2002 Apr. Established Hangzhou Q.P. Co.Ltd. (the predecessor of Hangzhou Kewpie Corporation) in China.
2003 Oct. Launched new KEWPIE ZERO Zero Non-Cholesterol, containing no cholesterol and half calorie.
2009 Jun. Established KEWPIE MALAYSIA SDN.BHD. in Malaysia.
2010 Nov. Established KEWPIE VIETNAM CO.,LTD. in Vietnam.
2013 Feb. Established P.T. KEWPIE INDONESIA in Indonesia.
2013 Oct. Built composite office named "Sengawa Kewport" in Chofu ward, Tokyo to create synergy effects between R&D and back office staff.
2015 Aug.
  • Established Nantong Kewpie Corporation in China.
  • Established KEWPIE TRADING EUROPE B.V. in the Netherlands.
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