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The History of the Sapporo Group Spanning More Than 140 Years | With a history stretching back more than 140 years to the founding of the Kaitakushi Brewery in Sapporo, Hokkaido, in 1876, the Sapporo Group continues to grow. As we write the next page in our history, we will continue to be a corporate group that contributes to society.

2017

Acquired Membership Interest of Anchor Brewing Company, LLC.

2016

About “SPEED150”

2015

Launched first non-alcoholic beer certified for specified health uses by the government
Acquired shares of Country Pure Foods, Inc.

2013

January

Absorption-type merger between Sapporo Beverage Co., Ltd and POKKA CORPORATION
Commenced operation of Pokka Sapporo Food & Beverage Ltd.

2012

January

Acquired shares of Silver Springs Citrus, Inc.

2011

November

Acquired Sapporo Vietnam Ltd. of Vietnam
March

Made POKKA CORPORATION a wholly owned subsidiary

2006

100% of the Group’s malt and hops cultivated under collaborative contract farming system.
December

Established Sapporo International Inc.
October

Acquired SLEEMAN BREWERIES LTD. of Canada

2003

September

Launched Draft One, Japan’s first beer taste alcoholic beverage made without wheat or malt
July
Started operation under a holding company framework, with Sapporo Holdings Limited as a pure holding company
Newly established Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

2001

Launched Kireto Lemon
Launched Hokkaido Namashibori

1996

Launched canned coffee manufactured using the deoxidation method
Launched Jikkuri Kotokoto soup

1994

October

Completed Yebisu Garden Place (the former site of Yebisu Brewery)

1993

April

Completed Sapporo Factory (Commercial complex, the former site of Sapporo Brewery)

1988

June
Established Seiwa Real Estate Co.,Ltd., later Sapporo Real Estate Co.,Ltd.

1984

July

Established Sapporo U.S.A., Inc.

1980

Launched canned soup, entering the soup business

1977

Launched Sapporo Bin-Nama (unpasteurized bottled beer, now known as Sapporo Black Label)
Established POKKA Corporation (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

1973

Developed and installed the world's first vending machines (for hot and cold beverages)

1972

Launched POKKA Coffee (a canned coffee beverage)

1964

April

Began exporting beer to the United States.
January
Nippon Breweries, Ltd., renamed Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

1959

Launched canned beer

1957

Founded Nikka Lemon Co., Ltd. (subsequently, POKKA Corporation)
Launched bottled lemon (later renamed POKKA Lemon)
January
Established Kokusai Inryo Co., Ltd., later Sapporo Beverage Co., Ltd.

1949

September
Established Nippon Kyoei Ltd. , later Sapporo Lion Ltd.
Established Nippon Breweries, Ltd. The DaiNippon Beer Company Ltd. was divided into Nippon Breweries, Ltd. and Asahi Breweries, Ltd. due to application of the Law for Elimination of Excessive Concentration of Economic Power

1909

June

Entry into soft drinks business, "Citron" was launched.

1906

March
Dai Nippon Beer Company Ltd., was jointly established by Sapporo Beer Company Ltd., Japan Beer Brewery, Ltd., and Osaka Breweries, Ltd.

1899

August 4

"First in Japan" Yebisu beer hall in Ginza opened for business. First beer hall open on August 4, now commemorated as Beer Hall Day

1890

February 25

1889

October

1887

December
A group of entrepreneurs led by Eiichi Shibusawa and Soichiro Asano, bought the factory from the Okura Trading Company, and established Sapporo Beer Company, laying the foundation for major growth in beer brewing in Japan
September
Established Japan Beer Brewery Company

1886

November
Hokkaido government sold the Sapporo Brewery Factory to a private company, the Okura Trading Company

1877

Launched Sapporo Lager Beer

1876

September