Company History

October 1917 Lacto K.K., the predecessor of Calpis Co., Ltd., founded  
July 1919 Japan's first lactic acid drink CALPIS® launched
April 1973 CALPIS SODA® launched in Tokyo metropolitan area (launched nationwide in Japan in March, 1974)
December 1977 Representative office opened in Los Angeles, USA  
June 1987 Feed additive CALSPORIN® (animal probiotics product) launched  
August 1990 Business alliance with Ajinomoto Co., Inc. established to grow the business  
February 1991 Beverage businesses of Ajinomoto Co., Inc. and Calpis Co., Ltd. integrated  
February 1991 CALPIS WATER® launched
December 1991 CAPY U.S.A. Inc. (presently Calpis U.S.A., Inc.) founded  
July 1994 P.T. Ajinomoto Calpis Beverage Indonesia founded  
April 1995 Taiwan Calpis Co., Ltd. founded  
January 1997 Ajinomoto Calpis Beverage (Thailand) Co., Ltd. founded  
July 1997 AMEAL S (FOSHU) launched
July 1997 Business alliance with Welch Foods Inc., USA established  
September 1997 Welch's brand fruit juice launched
September 1997 Corporate name renamed to Calpis Co., Ltd. from Calpis Food Industry Co., Ltd.  
January 1998 HACCP certification for lactic acid drink obtained by Gunma plant and Okayama plant  
March 2000 CALSPORIN® launched in USA  
June 2000 ISO 14001 certification obtained by Okayama plant  
December 2000 ISO 14001 certification obtained by Sagami plant and Gunma plant  
April 2001 Vending machine business alliance with Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. established  
June 2001 Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award awarded to AMEAL S by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)  
November 2001 Food Ingredient Research Award awarded to AMEAL S by Food Ingredients Europe (FIE)  
June 2002 Traceability system introduced  
September 2002 KEN-CHA-OH (FOSHU) launched
January 2003 INTERBALANCE L-92 launched  
April 2003 Calpis Beverages Co., Ltd. (Headquarters) founded to consolidate the vending machine business  
June 2003 Companywide comprehensive ISO 14001 certification obtained  
July 2003 Activity Standards for the Calpis Group enacted  
December 2004 New headquarters building construction completed
June 2005 Comprehensive ISO 14001 certification obtained by Calpis Group, including 11 Japan subsidiaries  
September 2005 Representative office opened in Shanghai, China  
September 2005 CALPIS® test marketing launched in China  
March 2006 CALSPORIN® adopted by Tyson Foods, Inc., USA, the world's largest meat-processing company  
September 2006 Representative office opened in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  
January 2007 New corporate slogan "Karada ni Peace CALPIS®" started  
April 2007 ISO 90001 certification obtained for quality management system by five departments, three plants and 10 divisions  
May 2007 AmealPeptide approved as GRAS by FDA  
July 2007 THE PREMIUM CALPIS® value-added milk-based beverage launched
July 2007 Canned coffee Birdy test marketing launched in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  
October 2007 Management of Ajinomoto Co., Inc. and Calpis Co., Ltd. integrated  
October 2007 90th anniversary of corporate foundation  
December 2007 Vending machine businesses of Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. and Calpis Co., Ltd. integrated  
June 2008 Production function redeployment from Sagami plant completed  
July 2008 Aseptic production line launched in Gunma plant  
March 2009 CALPIS LACTO® launched in Thailand
May 2009 Chilled beverage ROYAL MILK CALPIS® launched
July 2009 90th anniversary of CALPIS®  
December 2009 Participated in the environmental exhibition Eco-Products 2009 for the first time  
December 2010 Environmental Business Award in “eco japan cup” business category awarded to CALSPORIN animal feed product
February 2011 20th anniversary of CALPIS WATER®  
March 2011

Sendai branch and Gunma plant affected by Great East Japan Earthquake but no injuries reported

Relief supplies and money sent to devastated areas
 
June 2011 Ikeda Publishing Co., Ltd. publishes cookbook by Calpis employee
March 2012 Locally produced CALPIS® concentrate launched in Mexico  
April 2012 CALPIS® concentrate repackaged in plastic “peace” bottles
May 2012 Agreement to sell Calpis shares to Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. concluded by Ajinomoto Co., Inc.  
October 2012 Became a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.  
October 2012 PT Ajinomoto Calpis Beverage Indonesia renamed to PT Calpis Indonesia  
October 2012 Calpis America, Inc. for animal feed additives founded in Georgia, U.S.A.  
March 2013 Calpis Osotspa Co., Ltd. founded in Thailand  
September 2013 Marketing and sales of beverages in Japan transferred to Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.  

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