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Corporate History

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1885 7

Japan Brewery Co., Ltd. (the forerunner of Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd.) established.

Minutes of Directors' Meeting of Japan Brewery

1888 5

Japan Brewery introduces German-style lager beer under the brand name Kirin Beer.

Kirin Beer labels: from 1888 (left) and 1889 (right)

1907 2

Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd. established.

1928 3

Kirin Lemon – lemon-flavored carbonated drink –introduced.

Kirin Lemon poster in the early days

1941 8

Haratori-Jidousya-Unyu Co.,Ltd.(the forerunner of Kirin Group Logistics Company, Limited.) established.

1941 10

Rimpo Shokai Ltd. (the forerunner of Kirin Echo Co., Ltd.) established.

1963 4

Vending Machine Services Co., Ltd. (the forerunner of Kirin Beverage Co., Ltd.) established, selling soft drinks through vending machines.

Vending machine for Kirin Lemon

1971 12

Hokkaido Kirin Lemon Service Co., Ltd.(the forerunner of Hokkaido Kirin Beverage Co., Ltd.) established.

1972 8

Kirin-Seagram Co., Ltd. (the forerunner of Kirin Distillery Co., Ltd.) established.

1974 2

Kirin-Seagram introduces Robert Brown, their first whisky made in Japan.

1975 4

Acquires a stake in Indústria Agrícola Tozan S.A. (the forerunner of Indústria Agrícola Tozan Ltda.) in Brazil.

1976 6

Koiwai Dairy Products Co., Ltd. established.

Production line in Koiwai Dairy Products

1977 5

KW Inc. (the forerunner of Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England,Inc.) established in the United States.

1978 -

Begins to sponsor the Japan Cup soccer(the forerunner of Kirin Cup Soccer).

1983 5

Kirin City Co., Ltd. established.

1983 8

Heineken Japan K.K. (the forerunner of Heineken Kirin K.K.) established.

1984 5

Kirin-Amgen, Inc. established in the United States.

1986 9

Heartland Beer introduced.

1986 10

Kirin Gogo-no-Kocha, bottled black tea, introduced.

1986 11

Yokohama Arena Co., Ltd. established.

1988 2

Kirin & Communications Co., Ltd. established.

1988 3

Kirin Engineering Co., Ltd. established.

1988 5

Taiwan Kirin Engineering Co., Ltd. (the forerunner of Taiwan Kirin Co., Ltd.) established.

1988 5

Kirin Business System Co., Ltd. established.

1988 9

Gemini Science, Inc.(the forerunner of Kyowa Hakko Kirin California, Inc.) established.

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