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History

The origins, the tradition and the expertise of JFC Japan Food Corporation, which is today a globally active company, can be traced back to the year 1906 in the United States and bear witness to JFC’s century-long experience in trading Asian and, in particular, Japanese foods.

After the establishment of the Japan Food Corporation in 1958, when the company assumed its present name, JFC quickly succeeded in opening up new markets and customer groups worldwide. The company’s main aim was to become a market leader, future-oriented and always in the front line of all business activities. From the outset, JFC has set its sights on expansion. Today its comprehensive food assortment encompasses more than 8,500 items.


JFC in Europe

Since 1979, when the JFC INTERNATIONAL (EUROPE) GROUP was established as the European office of KIKKOMAN and JFC business, JFC has expanded steadily and is now Europe’s leading specialist in the market for Asian and, in particular, Japanese foods.

Our branch offices in Düsseldorf, London and Paris supply restaurants, retailers and other companies involved in the food and catering industry throughout Europe and also provide intensive customer support and advice.

1906 The Dupont Company is founded as an importer of Japanese foods
1911 The Dupont Company becomes the Pacific Trading Co., Inc. founded in San Francisco, as an American corporation.
1916 Pacific Trading Co., Inc. establishes a branch office in Tokyo.
1928 Pacific Trading Co., Inc. Tokyo Branch becomes an independent company, Pacific Trading Co., Ltd. with its head office in Tokyo and a branch office in Osaka
1942 One of the original companies of Japan Food Corporation (now JFC International Inc.) is established in the US.
1947 Another original company of the current JFC International Inc. is established in the US.
1958 The original companies merge and become Japan Food Corporation in the US (now JFC International Inc.)
1969 Japan Food Corporation (now JFC International Inc.) joins the KIKKOMAN Group.
1970 Pacific Trading Co., Ltd. joins the KIKKOMAN Group.
1972 Japan Food (Hawaii) Inc, importer and distributor of Oriental Foods, is founded
1972 KIKKOMAN + DAITOKAI (Europe) GmbH is established in Düsseldorf, Germany (now JFC Restaurant GmbH)
1973 Fondation de la Japan Food Corporation (Canada) Ltd. (maintenant Japan Food Canada, Inc.) à Ontario, Canada
1973 KIKKOMAN + DAITOKAI (Europe) GmbH opens its first restaurant in Germany
1977 Hapi Products, Inc. (Asian Snack producer) is established in the US under JFC International Inc.
1978 KIKKOMAN + DAITOKAI (Europe) GmbH opens the DAITOKAI restaurant in Cologne, Germany
1978 Japan Food Corporation becomes JFC International Inc.
1979 KIKKOMAN TRADING EUROPE GmbH (original company of JFC Europe group) is founded in Neuss, Germany.
1981 KIKKOMAN + DAITOKAI (Europe) GmbH opens the DAITOKAI restaurant in Berlin, Germany
1984 JFC Hong Kong Ltd. is founded in Hong Kong.
1985 KIKKOMAN TRADING EUROPE GmbH is relocated in Düsseldorf, Germany
1986 Japan Foods Corp . (Aust) Pty. LTD. is founded in Australia.
1988 JFC headquarters and the San Francisco branch are relocated to South San Francisco
1989 JFC acquires part of Japan Food (Hawaii) GmbH
1992 KIKKOMAN TRADING (UK) Ltd. (original company of JFC(UK) Ltd.) is founded in London, UK
1996 JFC France S.A.R.L. is founded in Saint Ouen, a suburb of Paris, France
1997 JFC de Mexico is established in Mexico City, Mexico.
1997 KIKKOMAN + DAITOKAI (Europe) GmbH becomes JFC Restaurant GmbH
1997 KIKKOMAN FOODS EUROPE B.V., the company’s first European soy sauce plant, is founded in Hoogezand-Sappemeer, The Netherlands.
1998 KIKKOMAN TRADING (UK) Ltd. becomes JFC(UK) Ltd (London, UK).
1998 KIKKOMAN TRADING EUROPE GmbH (Düsseldorf, Germany) is split into the sales company of KIKKOMAN Products, KIKKOMAN TRADING EUROPE GmbH and the Asian and Japanese food wholesaler JFC International (Europe) GmbH.
2001 Japan Food Canada, Inc. is established in Ontario, Canada.
2004 JFC New Zealand Ltd. is founded in New Zealand.
2004
JFC International (Europe) GmbH is split into the Asian and Japanese food wholesaler JFC Deutschland GmbH and the shareholding and administration service company of all JFC Europe Group companies in Europe, JFC International (Europe) GmbH.
2004
The office and the warehouse of JFC Deutschland GmbH, JFC International (Europe) GmbH and KIKKOMAN TRADING EUROPE GmbH are relocated to the current site in Düsseldorf.
2006 The JFC Europe Group launches its website
2006
JFC Deuschland GmbH aquires ISO 22000 certification.
2008
JFC Austria GmbH is founded in Vienna, Austria
2009
JFC Gulf office is founded in Dubai, UAE



JFC in the year 1934