Corporate Development and History

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1910
FebruaryEstablished as Morinaga’s Western Confectionery Shop with capital of 300,000 yen.
1912
NovemberCompany name is changed to Morinaga & Co., Ltd.
1920
JulyMorinaga merges with Nippon Rennyu Co., Ltd. (thereby inheriting the Mishima Factory)
1921
MarchTsukaguchi Factory is newly established.
1923
MarchMorinaga Product Sales Co., Ltd., (a distributor for Morinaga products) is established (subsequently, distributor companies are established throughout Japan).
AprilMorinaga Candy Store opens in the Marunouchi Building in central Tokyo.
1925
JuneTsurumi Factory is newly established.
1942
OctoberMorinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd., merges with Morinaga Food Industry Co., Ltd., (thereby inheriting the Chukyo Factory), Tokai Seika KK (thereby inheriting the Oyama Factory), and Morinaga Kansai Milk Co., Ltd.
1943
NovemberCompany name is changed to Morinaga Shokuryo Kogyo KK.
1947
MayKurume Factory is constructed and Morinaga adds brewing to its business activities
1949
AprilMorinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd., is established
MayCompany is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya stock exchanges
AugustThe Commercial Division splits off and is launched as (the former) Morinaga Shoji Co., Ltd.
OctoberThe Milk Industry Division splits off and is transferred to Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.
OctoberCompany name is changed back to Morinaga & Co., Ltd.
1953
JulyThe Brewing Division splits off and is launched as Morinaga Jozo KK (company name changed to Fukutokucho Shurui KK in 1991)
1954
JulyThe Kiosk Division splits off and is launched as KK Morinaga Candy Store (company name changed to KK Restaurant Morinaga in 1987).
1961
DecemberMorinaga establishes a capital alliance with Taiwan Seika Co., Ltd. (now Taiwan Morinaga Co., Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary)
1965
MarchYamato Foods Co., Ltd., (now Morinaga Angel Dessert Co., Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary) is established.
AugustMorinaga General Mills Co., Ltd., (now Morinaga Snack Foods Co., Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary) is established through a merger between Morinaga and USA-based General Mills Inc.
1969
OctoberMorinaga merges with (the former) Morinaga Shoji Co., Ltd.
1970
DecemberMorinaga Development Co., Ltd. is established.
1973
SeptemberShinwa Shoji KK (now Morinaga Shoji Co., Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary) is established.
1980
JanuaryMorinaga Dessert Co., Ltd., (now a consolidated subsidiary) is established
1987
AprilThe new Oyama Factory is completed
1989
NovemberMorinaga Development Co., Ltd., is registered with the Japan Securities Dealers Association as an over-the-counter sales brand.
1999
AprilMorinaga merges with Morinaga Development Co., Ltd.
2001
JanuaryFukutokucho Shurui KK shares are transferred.
JulyBusiness rights are transferred from KK Restaurant Morinaga to Morinaga and Angel Food Systems Inc. is established.
2003
MarchMorinaga (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., (now Shanghai Morinaga Co., Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary) is established.
2004
DecemberAngel Food Systems Inc. shares are transferred.
2008
JanuaryMorinaga purchases all shares of DU Associates Inc., of which Aunt Stella Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary) (now a consolidated subsidiary of Morinaga) (in October 2008, Aunt Stella Inc. absorbs DU Associates Inc.)
AugustMorinaga America, Inc., (now a consolidated subsidiary) is established.
2010
DecemberMorinaga Food (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd., (now a consolidated subsidiary) is established.
2011
AprilTakasaki Morinaga Co., Ltd., (now a consolidated subsidiary) is established.
2013
JuneTsukaguchi Factory is closed.
OctoberPT. Morinaga Kino Indonesia (now a consolidated subsidiary) is established.
DecemberMorinaga America Foods, Inc., is established.
2015
AugustMorinaga America Foods, Inc., commences production.

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