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Kikkoman Corporation
Native name
Traded as TYO: 2801
Industry Food and Drink
Founded December 7, 1917; 102 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 11px US$3.369 billion (2014)
#redirect Template:If affirmed 11px US$123.3 million (2014)
Number of employees
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 and offices in Japan, the U.S., the Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan, China and Canada.[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]

Kikko, which means tortoise shell in Japanese, and man, meaning 10,000, were chosen first as the trademark and later as the company name. This was to symbolize longevity, as according to Japanese folklore a tortoise lives for 10,000 years. This symbolism is found in Kikkoman's logo, which consists of the Chinese character for 10,000 surrounded by a hexagon, representing a tortoise shell.[8]


Soy sauce

Kikkoman soy sauce is naturally brewed. After soaking in water for an extended period, soy beans are steamed at high temperature before they are mixed with crushed roasted wheat. Salt is added, which acts as an anti-bacterial agent and preservative. Next, a genus of the Aspergillus fungus is added to the mixture and left for three days to create shoyu koji, the base for the soy sauce. This base is then transferred to a tank and mixed with a saline solution, which creates a mash known as moromi. Several months of aging follow, when various organic processes occur including lactic acid, alcoholic and organic acid fermentation take place to create unique flavours. The moromi is then mechanically pressed through layers of fabric for around ten hours to extract the raw product. In the last part of the process, the raw soy sauce is left to separate for 3–4 days, then pasteurised using steam, which also stops any enzymic activity. The final product is then ready for inspection and bottling.[9] Kikkoman has a distinctive bottle for its soy sauce, designed by Kenji Ekuan in 1961.[10]


  • 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.[11]


Sashimi soy sauce 
Kikkoman General Hospital in Noda, Japan 
Kikkoman soy sauce bottle 


  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).
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  9. ^ "Making Soy Sauce". Kikkoman Corporation. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Japanese designer behind iconic soy sauce bottle dies at 85". ABS-CBN News. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Shimizu, Hiroshi (2008). Japanese Firms in Contemporary Singapore. NUS Press. ISBN 978-9971-69-384-8. 

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