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Heritage

Morinaga Milk was established as Nippon Rennyu Co., Ltd. in 1917 with the primary aim of manufacturing dairy products. The company merged with Morinaga & Co., Ltd and was then split off, taking its current form as Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd. in 1949. The Group is now nearing the 100th anniversary of its founding in 2017. In addition to condensed milk and infant formula, products that it has offered since its founding, the Group has produced a wide range of products based on milk, including Morinaga Milk, Bifidus Yogurt, Creap (creaming powder), and Mt. RAINIER CAFFE LATTE.

1917
Established as Nippon Rennyu Co., Ltd.
1919
Launched Morinaga Milk, small cans of condensed milk
1921
Launched Morinaga Dried Milk (infant formula)
1929
Launched Morinaga Milk
1933
Launched Morinaga Cheese
1937
Launched Morinaga Yogurt
1947
Launched Morinaga Ice Cream
1949
Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd. established
1954
Shares listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
1957
Tokyo plant opened
1959
Hanshin plant (currently the Kinki plant) opened

Left: Product at the time of its launch
Right: Product sold today

1961
Launched Creap (creaming powder)
1966
Commercial milk plant in Nagoya opened (currently the Chukyo plant)
1966
Tokyo Tama plant opened
1970
Affiliation with Kraft, Inc. (currently Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and Mondel?z International, Inc.)
1971
Conclusion of a trademark licensing agreement with Sunkist Growers, Inc.
1972
Joint venture company Milei GmbH established in West Germany

Left: Product at the time of its launch
Right: Product sold today

1978
Launched Morinaga Bifidus Yogurt

Left: Product at the time of its launch
Right: Product sold today

1981
Launched long-life handy packaged milk-based drink Piknik
1984
Conclusion of trademark licensing agreement with Lipton UK (currently Unilever Japan Beverage K.K.)

Product sold today

1985
Morinaga Nutritional Foods, Inc. (US) established and full-scale sales of tofu launched
1985
Manufacturing technology licensing agreement for infant formula signed in Indonesia
1989
Research & Information Center opened

Product at the time of its launch

1993
Received designation of Japan's first FOSHU (Food for Specified Health Uses) for Morinaga L.P.K. formula, a low phosphorous powdered milk, from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
1993
Launched Mt. RAINIER CAFFE LATTE (milk-based drink in a cup)

Left: Product at the time of its launch
Right: Product sold today

1996
Morinaga Aloe Yogurt won gold prize at SIAL (the 1996 Paris International Food Exhibition)
1996
Received designation of FOSHU for Bifidus Yogurt, the first to contain live bifidus

Left: Product at the time of its launch
Right: Product sold today

2001
Received designation of FOSHU for Morinaga Caldus Milk, a lactic fermented beverage exclusively for home deliveries
2002
Received the Minister's Award of Excellence as a Consumer-Oriented Company from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
2003
Received the Minister's Award for "development of an industrial manufacturing technique for lactoferrin" from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Product sold today

2005
Launched PARM
2006
Kobe plant begins operation
2008
Betsukai Plant's new cheese building begins operation
2010
Received the Minister's Award for "Development of manufacturing process of tasty protein hydrolysate with low antigenicity" from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
2011
Morinaga Milk Industry (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established

Product sold today

Launched Thick Greek Yogurt PARTHENO
2011
Concluded a technical collaboration agreement with Want Want Group
2012
Germany's Milei GmbH became a wholly-owned subsidiary
2014
Received a special award from the Rainforest Alliance, an international non-profit environmental organization
2014
Manufacture of bacteria at Morinaga-Hokuriku Milk Industry Co., Ltd.'s Fukui Plant begins
2015
Morinaga Nutritional Foods (Asia Pacific) Pte. Ltd. established in Singapore
2016
New factory for Germany subsidiary Milei GmbH begins operation
2017100th anniversary of founding

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