History

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. Morinaga Milk Group celebrated its 100th anniversary 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

1961
Launched Creap (creaming powder)

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

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

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

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

1984
Conclusion of trademark licensing agreement with Lipton UK (currently Unilever Japan Beverage K.K.)

1985
Morinaga Nutritional Foods, Inc. (US) established and full-scale sales of tofu launched

Product sold today

1985
Manufacturing technology licensing agreement for infant and toddler milk signed in Indonesia

1989
Research & Information Center opened

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

Product at the time of its launch

1993
Launched Mt. RAINIER CAFFE LATTE (milk-based drink in a cup)

1996
Morinaga Aloe Yogurt won gold prize at SIAL (the 1996 Paris International Food Exhibition)

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

1996
Received designation of FOSHU for Bifidus Yogurt, the first to contain live bifidus

2001
Received designation of FOSHU for Morinaga Caldus Milk, a lactic fermented beverage exclusively for home deliveries

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

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

2005
Launched PARM

Product sold today

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

 
Launched Thick Greek Yogurt PARTHENO

Product sold today

2011
Morinaga Milk Industry (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established

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

2017 100th anniversary of founding
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