Organization

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History

1906(39th year of Meiji era) The late Sueo Ishimitsu, founder of S. ISHIMITSU & CO., LTD., went alone to the United States and founded a grocery sales business in Los Angeles to deliver Japanese food to the Japanese immigrants.
1909(42nd year of Meiji era) The business developed into wholesaling and the branch office was opened in Kobe for the purpose of sourcing Japanese products.
1922(11th year of Taisho era) Following the increase of trade volume with Japan, the head office was transferred to Kobe.
Sueo Ishimitsu returned to Japan bringing with him, coffee knowledge, green coffee beans, roasting machine, and coffee extracting utensils.
1951(26th year of Showa era) After an interruption of 10 years due to the war, trade was resumed and at the same time ISHIMITSU SUEO SHOTEN was established (Capital of 1 million Japanese yen). Import of foods like coffee, tea and others was resumed.
1953(28th year of Showa era) Tokyo local office (later Tokyo branch) was opened and the sales force in the Kanto region and beyond area has been strengthened. Resumed the export to Europe, Africa, and Australia.
1963(38th year of Showa era) Renamed to S. ISHIMITSU &CO., LTD. (Capital 56 million Japanese yen)
1964(39th year of Showa era) Opened Fukuoka branch office and the sales force covering all Kyusyu area and Yamaguchi prefecture was strengthened.
1968(43rd year of Showa era) Opened Nagoya local office (later Nagoya branch) and strengthened sales force in Tokai area.
1972(47th year of Showa) Established TOKYO ALLIED COFFEE ROASTERS CO., LTD. This company grew by roasting coffees for industrial use such as canned coffee drink and is now one of the leading roasters in Japan.
1973(48th year of Showa) Established KANSAI ALLIED COFFEE ROASTERS CO., LTD. This company grew by manufacturing packaged coffee products for home use and for commercial use and is responsible for contract manufacturing of various companies.
1976(51st year of Showa era) Established Sapporo local office (later Sapporo branch) and strengthened sales force covering entire Hokkaido. From around this time, sales of not only coffee but also food have progressed.
1999(11th year of Heisei) Acquired US FOODS CO., LTD., a green coffee small-size repacking company as subsidiary. Since then, the company is continuously supporting discerning specialty coffee roasting stores nationwide.
2002(14th year of Heisei) Stock was registered in the Over-the-Counter Market under the Japan Securities Dealers Association and the capital was increased to 623.2 million Japanese yen.
2004(16th year of Heisei era) Listed on the JASDAQ Securities Exchange.
2012(24th year of Heisei) Established S. ISHIMITSU & CO. (SHANGHAI) LTD. in China. Since then, the company is striving to spread coffee culture and Japanese food culture in that country.
2013(25th year of Heisei era) Established THAI ISHIMITSU CO., LTD. in Thailand. Since then, the company is striving to spread coffee culture and Japanese food culture in that country.
2018(30th year of Heisei era) Established PT. SARI NIHON INDUSTRY as a joint venture company in Indonesia with two long-time business partners. It will deliver coffee drinks from Indonesia to Asian countries.
2019(31st year of Heisei) Established A.TOSH ISHIMITSU BEVERAGES INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED in a joint venture with local partner in India. It will manufacture tea products that reflect a good merger of Japanese technology with Indian tradition.