Vinegar is first mentioned in literature, originally made from date palm or raisin
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine notes the antibacterial effect of vinegar and uses it to treat
respiratory diseases, skin disease and coughs
Balsamic vinegar is first produced in Italy
The first sushi ‘nare-zushi’, is introduced in Edo (the old name for Tokyo).
Yohei Hanaya, the creator of Nigiri-sushi, is born in Fukui Prefecture
Matazaemon Nakano, a Japanese sake producer, has the idea of brewing vinegar from sake lees (a by-product of
Japanese sake brewing)
The Mizkan Handa Plant begins operation
The Birth of “Yamabuki”
‘Yamabuki’, a premium rice vinegar is introduced
“Mizkan Logo” Registered
The famous Mizkan mark is derived from Matazaemon Nakano IV's family crest.
The Manor Vinegar Brewery (later to be bought by Mizkan), is established in Lozells, a suburb of Birmingham,
England, in an old beer brewery.
Mizkan begins to export from Japan to the U.S
Nakano Biochemical Research Centre (now the Central Research Institute) Opened
The Manor Vinegar Brewery moves premises to Burntwood, Staffs
Vinegar Bottling Began
“Ajipon” was Introduced
“Pure Food Campaign”
“Beyond Vinegar Strategy”
Originally dubbed the “Non-Vinegar Product Strategy”, calls for efforts to increase vinegar sales while further
developing non-vinegar products
Research Center Received Agricultural Chemistry Technology Award
“Honteri” is Introduced in Japan
The ease of use and availability of this mirin sweet seasoning met the needs of consumers perfectly.
Major U.S. Vinegar Manufacturer “American Industries Co.” Acquired
“SU-no-SATO” Japan’s First Comprehensive Vinegar Museum Opens.
“Tsuyu” was Introduced in Japan
Mizkan’s “Tsuyu” soup base, is introduced in Japan Sourced from the Group History in the Mizkan Group Company
“Gomoku Chirashi” a ready-to-use pouch-packed chirashi sushi mixture is introduced in Japan.
New Headquarter Building Completed
The New Mizkan Headquarter Building is completed in the city of Handa, Japan.
Mizkan Rice Vinegar is launched into the UK and Europe
Nakano Europe Ltd. is established in Europe, initially selling imported Mizkan rice vinegar and seasoned rice
Mizkan Group Corporation purchases Manor Vinegar Ltd. Nakano Europe Ltd begins to run the UK and European
operation from its offices in Burntwood, Staffordshire. Mizkan acquires the Manor Vinegar Brewery from Greencore
Kazuhide Matazaemon Nakano VIII takes over at the helmhelm of Mizkan
Adoption of New Group Vision and Group Vision Symbol
Nakano Europe Ltd changes its name to Mizkan UK Ltd. Mizkan Asia Pacific Pte.Ltd is established. Mizkan adopts a
new corporate symbol
Mizkan Rice Vinegars becomes widely available in UK supermarkets
Mizkan donates three tonnes of wood to rebuild the famous 19th Century ship, the Cutty Sark, after having been
badly damaged in a fire.
Mizkan UK Ltd changes its name to Mizkan Europe Ltd.
Nakano UK Vinegar is established and acquires the strong and iconic vinegar brands Sarson’s and Dufrais as well as
the beloved pickles brand Haywards and its production facilities from Premier Foods PLC and continues to develop
its business foundation for further growth in the UK.
Nakano UK Vinegar acquires the Branston brand, spanning sweet pickles, relishes and table sauces.
Nakano UK Vinegar purchases Mizkan Europe Ltd, consolidating the two companies.
Mizkan Europe Ltd, changes its name to Mizkan Euro Ltd.