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1873 December
- Bun-emon Shoda III started soy sauce brewing business *1
1891 July
- Booking was switched to double-entry system
1900 January
- General partnership company, Bun-emon Shoda Shoten, was established
1908 October
- Patent was obtained for the Shoda model wheat roasting machine
1910 February
- Shoda Inari Shrine was entrusted to Shoda by Meguruma-cho, and was thus transferred to company premises
1917 June
- Shoda signed freight line contract with Tobu Railway (Tatebayashi Station opened in 1907)
December
- Shoda Shoyu Co., Ltd. was founded with a capital of 500 thousand yen
1923 April
- Second Factory was completed
1927 December
- Research Center was completed
1930 September
- Patent was obtained for soy sauce purification procedure
1947 February
- Yamato Sangyo Co., Ltd. was established
1948 May
- First sauce was released
1950 October
- Tokyo Branch Office (present Tokyo Office) was established
1955 April
- Shipping by tank trucks was started
1963 January
- Shoda Shoyu expanded into soup market (Manufactured liquid and powder soups) (Released “Healthy,” a patented reduced-salt soy sauce)
March
- Factory became JAS-certified
1966 July
- USAC 1020S office computer was adopted
1968 November
- Patent was obtained for method for separating solid and liquid components of moromi
1970 November
- Shoda Shoyu acquired controlling interest of Kinmaruboshi Shoyu Co., Ltd.
1971 June
- Shoda Shoyu participated in the structural improvement project of the Small and Medium Enterprise Modernization Promotion Law
1972 April
- Factory for ingredient treatment and moromi brewing was completed
1973 December
- 100th Anniversary
1974 July
- Sendai Branch Office (present Tohoku Sales Office) was established
1977 September
- Shoda Shoyu took over business rights of Iwasaki Shoyu Co., Ltd.
1978 January
- Company name of Yamato Sangyo Co., Ltd. was changed to Shoda Shokuhin Co., Ltd. and merged with the Food Division of Shoda Shoyu
1979 September
- Capital was increased to 100 million yen
1980 June
- Yamato Sangyo Co., Ltd. was founded
1984 October
- Medium-Term Management Plan was formulated
1985 March
- Osaka Branch Office (present Seibu Sales Office) was established
September
- Nagoya Branch Office (present Chubu Sales Office) was established
1986 January
- New Headquarters House was built
November
- New Research Center was built
1987 May
- Research Center’s 60th Anniversary Celebration
June
- Shoda Memorial Museum was opened
*2
1988 December
- SHODA21 Plan was formulated
December
- New office building of the Production Division was built
1989 May
- New factory of Shoda Shokuhin Co., Ltd. was completed
November
- Sales exceeded 10 billion yen
1990 June
- Shoda Shokuhin Mito Factory Co., Ltd. was established
September
- Shoda Shokuhin Ise Factory Co., Ltd. was established
October
- Main Factory (present Tatebayashi Factory) received award from the Health and Welfare Minister as an excellent food facility
1993 May
- First stage in construction of the Tatebayashi East Factory in the Tatebayashi East Industrial Estate was completed
November
- Business tie-up was signed with McIlhenny Company, USA
1994 October
- Shoda Shoyu Future Plan was started
1995 April
- Shoda Shoyu acquired controlling interest of Nichinan Kogyo Co., Ltd.
July
- New corporate logo was established
1996 March
- Tatebayashi East Factory became JAS-certified
1997 November
- Sales exceeded 20 billion yen
1998 May
- Shoda Shoyu received an award from the Prefectural Governor in recognition of its greening efforts
1999 September
- Shoda Shoyu acquired a controlling interest in TSSC (The Speciality Sauce Co. Ltd.), UK
December
- The Third Medium-Term Management Plan was formulated
- Head Office and Tatebayashi Factory obtained ISO9002 certification
2000 March
- New packing wing of the Tatebayashi East Factory was completed
2001 March
- ISO9001(2000) certification was obtained
April
- Factory was designated as a model for small and medium-sized enterprises by Gunma Prefecture
July
- New warehouse of the Tatebayashi East Factory was completed
October
- Shoda Shoyu was chosen as one of Gunma Prefecture’s “One Company, One Technology” Policy companies.
2002 March
- Shoda Shokuhin Co., Ltd. obtained ISO9002 certification
2003 November
- Groundbreaking ceremony for construction of Headquarters House was held
December
- Fourth Medium-Term Management Plan was formulated
2004 February
- Shoda Memorial Museum and other buildings were registered as tangible cultural assets
- Shoda Shoyu was named the 2003 International Distributor of the Year by McIlhenny Company
May
- Head Office and Research Center obtained ISO14001 certification
November
- Headquarters House, made by renovating the old moromi brewing house, was completed *3
December
- 130th Anniversary Ceremony was held
- Shoda Shokuhin Ise Factory Co., Ltd. obtained ISO9002 certification
2005 February
- Shoda Shoyu received Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award in the 26th Food Industry Excellent Company Awards held by Japan Food Industry Center and Organization of Food-Marketing Structure Improvement
April
- Renovation of old Head Office building into new Research Center was completed
July
- Tatebayashi Factory obtained ISO14001 certification
October
- Year-round environmental activities, including “Shoda Eco-Style” Cool Biz/Warm Biz Campaign, were started
November
- Yamato Sangyo Co., Ltd. obtained ISO9002 certification
- Shoda Shokuhin Mito Factory Co., Ltd. obtained ISO9002 certification
December
- Fifth Medium-Term Management Plan was formulated
2006 January
- Shoda Shoyu received an environmental award from the city of Tatebayashi
June
- Tatebayshi East Factory and Logistics Center obtained ISO14001 certification
September
- Headquarters House received award of excellence in the Japan Federation of Architects & Building Engineers Associations Awards
2007 February
- Headquarters House received BELCA Award
April
- Shoda Shoyu joined NPS (The New Production System)
September
- Shoda Shoyu was certified as an Environmental GS (Gunma Standard) Business by Gunma Prefecture
December
- Shoda Shokuhin Co., Ltd. obtained ISO14001 certification
2008 June
- Shoda Shoyu acquired the naming rights to a pet name for the Gunma Prefectural Shikishima Park Athletics Stadium. It was named the Shoda Shoyu Stadium Gunma.
October
- Shoda Shoyu received an award of excellence in the National Soy Sauce Fair
2009 January
- Shoda Shokuhin Ise Factory Co., Ltd. obtained ISO14001 certification
May
- Shoda Shoyu Special Match was held between soccer teams Thespa Kusatsu and Cerezo Osaka
December
- Sixth Medium-Term Management Plan was formulated
2010 January
- Yamato Sangyo Co., Ltd. obtained ISO14001 certification
- Shoda Shokuhin Mito Factory Co., Ltd. obtained ISO14001 certification
October
- Company name of Yamato Sangyo Co., Ltd. was changed to Shoda Foods Co., Ltd.
- Shoda Foods Co., Ltd. was moved to Machiya-cho, Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture
December
- Shoda Foods Co., Ltd. and Shoda Shokuhin Co., Ltd. merged operations to become Shoda Foods Co., Ltd.
2011 June
- Shoda's Tokusen Tsuyu (premium concentrated soup) received the 15th Professional-Use Processed Foods Hit Product Award from Japan Food Journal Co., Ltd.
November
- Shoda Shokuhin Mito Factory Co., Ltd. was closed dow
- Opened website Minna-no Shoyu Stadium (Soy Sauce Stadium for Everybody)
2012 April
- Approved in “Gunma Recommends Superior Local Products,” FY2012& 2013
November
- Established mail order brand “bun-yemon-gura”
December
- Seventh Medium-Term Management Plan was formulated
2013 January
- Received Good Design Gunma Excellence Award
February
- Recognized as a Company Contributing to Industrial Development, by Tatebayashi Chamber of Commerce & Industry



*1 Bun-emon Shoda III, founder of soy sauce brewing business


Advertisement for premium campaign, around 1930


Product labels


Logo posters of beautiful women


*2 Shoda Memorial Museum


*3
Shoda Shoyu Headquarters House