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History of AGF

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

Launched "MAXWELL" instant coffee.

1968 October

Launched "Coffee Gift."

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.

1975 March

Launched "MAXIM" instant coffee.

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

Launched "Maxwell BLENDY" instant coffee.

1978 February

Launched "Master Blend" ground coffee.


Launched "Master Blend" ground coffee gift set.

1982 April Launched ground coffee for food services.

Launched "GRANDAGE" instant coffee.

1985 August

Launched "MAXIM" ground coffee.

1988 May

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


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

1989 April Launched "Shin-Chajin" instant tea for the dedicated tea server.

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

1996 March Completed Ojima Plant in Ohta city, Gunma Prefecture.
1998 April

Launched "Blendy" chilled coffee.

1999 February

Launched "Blendy" bottle coffee with milk.

2001 February

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

Launched "Blendy" concentrated portion coffee.


Launched refill type "MAXIM" instant coffee.


Launched "Marim" liquid portion creamer.


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.

2005 March

Launched "Blendy Coffee Oligosaccharides Blended" mix coffee.

2007 March

Launched "MAXIM Chotto Zeitakuna Kohiten" ground coffee.

2009 February

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 Bottle Coffee


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

2013 February

Launched "Blendy" Stick "Teaheart mix tea


Launched "MAXIM" Patissiena Stick

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

2015 February

Launched "Blendy" Stick Hello Smoothie


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

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