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1954 March 2 Established "GENERAL FOODS, INC."
December Completed a plant in Itami City, Hyogo Prefecture.
1960 December
Launched "MAXWELL" instant coffee.

Launched "MAXWELL" instant coffee.

1968 October
Launched "Coffee Gift."

Launched "Coffee Gift."

Launched "Yuban" instant coffee.

Launched "Yuban" instant coffee.

1970 November Completed Suzuka Plant in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture.
1973 August 1 Established "AJINOMOTO GENERAL FOODS, INC." (AGF), a joint-venture company of
AJINOMOTO CO., INC. and General Foods Corporation (U.S.)
1974 June
Launched "Marim" instant creaming powder.

Launched "Marim" instant creaming powder.

1975 March
Launched "MAXIM" instant coffee.

Launched "MAXIM" instant coffee.

1976 November Installed equipment for manufacturing freeze-dry instant coffee in Suzuka Plant.
1977 August
Launched "Maxwell BLENDY" instant coffee.

Launched "Maxwell BLENDY" instant coffee.

1978 February
Launched "Master Blend" ground coffee.

Launched "Master Blend" ground coffee.

June
Launched "Master Blend" ground coffee gift set.

Launched "Master Blend" ground coffee gift set.

1982 April Launched ground coffee for food services.
August
Launched "GRANDAGE" instant coffee.

Launched "GRANDAGE" instant coffee.

1985 August
Launched "MAXIM" ground coffee.

Launched "MAXIM" ground coffee.

1988 May
Launched "Blendy" bottled coffee and "Kocha Monogatari (Tea Story)" bottled tea.

Launched "Blendy" bottled coffee and "Kocha Monogatari (Tea Story)" bottled tea.

August
Launched "Shin-Chajin (New Tea Master)" instant Japanese tea.

Launched "Shin-Chajin (New Tea Master)" instant Japanese tea.

1989 April Launched "Shin-Chajin" instant tea for the dedicated tea server.
June
Launched the gift sets of "Blendy" bottled coffee and "MAXIM" bottled coffee.

Launched the gift sets of "Blendy" bottled coffee and "MAXIM" bottled coffee.

August
Launched "Blendy" ground coffee.

Launched "Blendy" ground coffee.

1991 April Established equipment for manufacturing plastic bottled coffee in Suzuka Plant.
1995 August
Launched "MAXIM" vacuum pack ground coffee.

Launched "MAXIM" vacuum pack ground coffee.

1996 March Completed Ojima Plant in Ohta city, Gunma Prefecture.
1998 April
Launched "Blendy" chilled coffee.

Launched "Blendy" chilled coffee.

1999 February
Launched "Blendy" bottle coffee with milk.

Launched "Blendy" bottle coffee with milk.

2001 February
Launched "Blendy Drip Pack" ground coffee.

Launched "Blendy Drip Pack" ground coffee.

March

Isolation of mannooligosaccharides from coffee spent grounds. Confirmation of maintain good gastrointestinal conditon.

Launched "Blendy" paper pack chilled coffee.

Launched "Blendy" paper pack chilled coffee.

April
Launched "MAXIM CAFÉ MENU"mix coffee.

Launched "MAXIM CAFÉ MENU"mix coffee.

July

Acquired the ISO 14001 Certificate by our group en bloc,
including affiliated companies.

2002 February
Launched "MAXIM Handy Drip"ground coffee.

Launched "MAXIM Handy Drip"ground coffee.

Launched "Blendy Mix Coffee" café au lait mix coffee.

Launched "Blendy Mix Coffee" café au lait mix coffee.

Launched "Blendy" concentrated portion coffee.

Launched "Blendy" concentrated portion coffee.

March
Launched refill type "MAXIM" instant coffee.

Launched refill type "MAXIM" instant coffee.

May
Launched "Marim" liquid portion creamer.

Launched "Marim" liquid portion creamer.

October
Launched refill type "Blendy" instant coffee.

Launched refill type "Blendy" instant coffee.

2003 November Acquired ISO 9001 Certificate by our group en bloc.
2004 May
Launched "Blendy" paper pack chilled coffee with milk.

Launched "Blendy" paper pack chilled coffee with milk.

2005 March
Launched "Blendy Coffee Oligosaccharides Blended" mix coffee.

Launched "Blendy Coffee Oligosaccharides Blended" mix coffee.

2007 March
Launched "MAXIM Chotto Zeitakuna Kohiten" ground coffee.

Launched "MAXIM Chotto Zeitakuna Kohiten" ground coffee.

2009 February
Launched "Blendy Plus"(FOSHU(*) for those who are concerned about body fat) " bottled coffee.

Launched "Blendy Plus"(FOSHU(*) for those who are concerned about body fat) " bottled coffee.
(*)Food for Specified Health Uses (FOSHU) FOSHU refers to foods containing ingredient with functions for health and officially approved to claim its physiological effects on the human body.

2012 February

Applied recycled PET bottle to "Blendy" Bottle Coffee.

April

Acquired FSSC22000 Certificate by our group en bloc including affiliated companies.

2013 February
Launched "Blendy" Stick "Teaheart mix tea".

Launched "Blendy" Stick "Teaheart mix tea".

August
Launched "MAXIM" Patissiena Stick.

Launched "MAXIM" Patissiena Stick.

Launched "MAXIM" Top Grade Hybrid instant coffee with ground coffee.

Launched "MAXIM" Top Grade Hybrid instant coffee with ground coffee.

2015 February
Launched "Blendy" Stick Hello Smoothie.

Launched "Blendy" Stick Hello Smoothie.

April

Ajinomoto Group took a stake in AGF which became one of Ajinomoto Group companies.

August
Launched "SEN" ground coffee.

Launched "SEN" ground coffee.

2016 March
Launched "Assist Water" "(FOSHU(*) for those who are concerned about body fat) " bottled water.

Launched "Assist Water" "(FOSHU(*) for those who are concerned about body fat) " bottled water.
(*)Food for Specified Health Uses (FOSHU) FOSHU refers to foods containing ingredient with functions for health and officially approved to claim its physiological effects on the human body.

April

Integrated Ajinomoto Co., Inc.("Ajinomoto Co.") gift product business to Ajinomoto General Foods, Inc.("AGF") by transferring Ajinomoto Co.'s gift product business to AGF.

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