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Kikkoman Corporation
Native name
Traded as TYO: 2801
Industry Food and Drink
Founded December 7, 1917 (1917-12-07)
Headquarters Noda, Japan
Key people
Yuzaburo Mogi,
Noriaki Horikiri
(CEO and President)
Products Food products, beverages, biochemical products, management services
Revenue Increase US$3.369 billion (2014)
Increase 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] The village of Sappemeer in Groningen, the Netherlands, is the European headquarters of the company. A plant on the site began operations in 1997 and now produces over 400 million litres of soy sauce per annum.[7]


  • History 1
  • Products 2
    • Soy sauce 2.1
  • Gallery 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5
  • See also 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.[8]

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.[9]


Soy sauce

Kikkoman soy sauce is naturally brewed. After soaking in water for an extended period,

See also

  • The World of Kikkoman

External links

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  4. ^ Factbook Business Information Fiscal 2008
  5. ^ Story of Soy Sauce
  6. ^ Factbook Business Information Fiscal 2008
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  8. ^ 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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Sashimi soy sauce 
Kikkoman General Hospital in Noda, Japan 
Kikkoman soy sauce bottle 


[11] in 1961.Kenji Ekuan Kikkoman has a distinctive bottle for its soy sauce, designed by [10]

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