History

1916-1939

1916

1916

Tokyo Confectionery Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Confectionery),
the predecessor of Meiji Seika, is established.

1917

1917

Tokyo Confectionery begins manufacture and sale of caramels,
biscuits, and other products at its Okubo Plant.

Kyokuto Condensed Milk Co., Ltd. (Kyokuto Condensed Milk),
the predecessor of Meiji Dairies, is established.

1921

1921

Tokyo Confectionery launches the Condensed Milk Meiji Merry Milk.

1923

1923

Tokyo Confectionery begins export of confectioneries and dairy products.

1924

1924

Tokyo Confectionery changes its name to Meiji Seika Kaisha, Ltd. (Meiji Seika).

1925

1925

The Kawasaki Plant opens.

1926

1926

Meiji Seika launches Milk Chocolate.

1928

1928

Meiji Seika launches Meiji Milk.

1932

1932

Meiji Seika begins full-scale manufacture of Meiji Butter and Meiji Cheese at the Ryogoku Plant.

1940s
1940 - 1949

Food Business

Pharmaceutical Business

1940

1940

Kyokuto Condensed Milk changes its name to Meiji Dairies Corporation (Meiji Dairies).

1946

1946

The pharmaceutical business is launched with the commencement of penicillin production.

1950s
1950 - 1959

1950

1950

Meiji Dairies launches Meiji Honey Yogurt.

1950

The antibiotic STREPTOMYCIN MEIJI is launched.

Exports of antibiotic are commenced.

1951

1951

Meiji Dairies launches
Soft Curd Meiji Infant Formula.

1955

1955

The veterinary penicillin-based feed additive MEIRICH P is launched. Meiji Seika enters the veterinary drugs business.

1958

1958

Operation of the Yodogawa Plants commenced.

Japan’s first world-class antibiotic KANAMYCIN MEIJI is launched.

1960s
1960 - 1969

1961

1961

Meiji Seika launches Marble Chocolate.

1961

The plant growth regulator GIBBERELLIN is launched. Meiji Seika enters the agricultural chemicals business.

The topical antiseptic ISODINE® is launched.

Activities at the Central Research Center (currently the Pharmaceuticals Research Center, CMC Laboratory, and Bioscience Laboratory) are commenced.

1962

1962

Meiji Seika launches Almond Chocolate.

1965

1965

Meiji Dairies launches the fermented milk drink combined living lactobacillus and vitamin C Meiji Paigen C.

1968

1968

Meiji Seika launches Japan’s first corn snack Karl.

1970s
1970 - 1979

1971

1971

Meiji Dairies launches Japan’s first plain yogurt Meiji Plain Yogurt.

Meiji Seika launches a sugar candy Chelsea.

1971

Operation of the Gifu Plant is commenced.

1973

1973

Meiji Dairies launches Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt.

1974

1974

The confectionery business establishes Meiji Seika (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

1974

The pharmaceutical business establishes PT.
Meiji Indonesian Pharmaceutical Industries.

1975

1975

Meiji Seika launches the chocolate snack
Kinoko no Yama.

1975

The antibiotic PANIMYCIN is launched.

The agricultural chemical product ORYZEMATE is launched.

1976

1976
Meiji Dairies launches the frozen food Pizza & Pizza.

Meiji Seika launches Macadamia Chocolate.

1976

Operation of the Kitakami Plant is commenced.

1979

1979

Meiji Seika launches the chocolate snack that is eaten by dipping a cracker in chocolate cream YanYan.

1979

The feed additive COLISTIN is launched.

The pharmaceutical business establishes Thai Meiji Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

1980s
1980 - 1989

1980

1980

Meiji Seika launches SAVAS, a series of protein for athletes.

1981

1981

The antibiotic FOSMICIN is launched.

1983

1983
Meiji Seika launches the OTC drug ISODINE® UGAIGUSURI.

1986

1986

Meiji Dairies launches the enteral formula YH-80.

1987

1987

Meiji Seika launches the chocolate snack that features creamy chocolate inside a cookie Hello Panda.

1987

The antibiotic MEICELIN is launched.

1988

1988

Meiji Seika launches Kaju Gummy.

1988

The anticancer drug THERARUBICIN is launched.

1989

1989

The dairy business establishes CP-Meiji Co., Ltd., in Thailand.

1989

The antianxiety drug MEILAX is launched.

Kamei Pharmaceuticals (currently Shantou SEZ Meiji Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.) is established in China.

The Odawara Plant commences production operations as a pharmaceuticals plant.

1990s
1990 - 1999

1990

1990

Meiji Dairies launches a soft margarine Meiji Corn 100.

1990

Meiji Seika launches Japan’s first treatment for Methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, the antibiotic HABEKACIN.

1991

1991

Enters into capital participation in Tedec Zambeletti (currently Tedec Meiji Farma SA) of Spain.

1992

1992

Meiji Dairies launches Meiji Hokkaido Tokachi Cheese.

1993

1993
Meiji Seika launches the first seasonal chocolate in Japan with winter limited sales Meltykiss.

1994

1994

Meiji Seika launches Ginza Curry.

Meiji Dairies launches the ice cream Meiji Essel Super Cup
Ultra Vanilla.

1994

The antibiotic MEIACT is launched.

1995

1995

Meiji Dairies launches the sports performance drink VAAM.

Meiji Dairies launches the enteral formula Mei Balance.

1995

The hyaluronic acid injection for arthritis ADANT is launched.

1996

1996

Meiji Seika launches new-texture chocolate Galbo.

Meiji Dairies launches Meiji Butter in Tube 1/3 Calories.

1997

1997

Meiji Seika launches Xylish Gum.

1998

1998

Meiji Seika launches the high cocoa content chocolate Chocolate Kouka.

1998

Generic Development Department is established and fullfledged entry to the generic drug market is commenced.

Enters into capital participation in Kitasato Pharmaceutical Industry Co., Ltd.

1999

1999

Meiji Seika launches stick chocolate Fran.

1999

The antidepressant DEPROMEL is launched.

2000s
2000 - 2009

2000

2000

Meiji Dairies launches Meiji Probio Yogurt LG21.

2002

2002

Meiji Seika launches Amino Collagen.

Meiji Dairies launches the drinking milk Meiji Oishii Gyunyu.

2002

The antibiotic OMEGACIN is launched.

Operations of the Microbiological Research Center (currently the Bioscience Laboratory) are commenced.

2003

2003

The pharmaceutical business establishes Meiji Lukang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., (currently Meiji Pharma (Shandong) co., Ltd.) in China.

2004

2004

The photosensitizing agent LASERPHYRIN is launched.

2007

2007

Meiji Dairies launches the world’s first infant formula in cube form Meiji Hohoemi Raku Raku Cube.

2008

2008

Meiji Dairies launches the fresh cream for professional use Meiji Fresh Cream Ajiwai.

2008

Meiji Seika launches the calcium channel blocker generic drug AMLODIPINE TABLETS MEIJI.

2009

2009

Meiji Seika and Meiji Dairies establish Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd. (Meiji Holdings), joint holding company, and integrate the management.

2009

Meiji Dairies launches Meiji Yogurt R-1.

2009

The antibiotic ORAPENEM and the antidepressant drug REFLEX are launched.

2010s
2010 - 2016

2010

2010

OHKURA Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is transferred from Meiji Dairies Corporation.

2011

2011

Meiji Holdings reorganizes Meiji Seika and Meiji Dairies; Meiji Co., Ltd. (Meiji), a food company, and Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd., a pharmaceutical company, begin operation.

2011

The liquid formula ZAXA herbicide is launched.

Meiji Seika Pharma launches the generic drug for Alzheimer’s therapy, DONEPEZIL.

2012

2012

Treatment for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) OXIS is launched.

Treatment for Dravet syndrome DIACOMIT is launched.

2013

2013

The pharmaceutical business establishes DM Bio Limited in South Korea.

2014

2014

Meiji launches Meiji The Chocolate.

2015

2015

Meiji launches Meiji Probio Yogurt PA-3.

2015

Medreich Limited of India joins the Group.

β-lactamase inhibitor OP0595 is licensed out to
F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. (Switzerland).

2016

2016

Treatment for schizophrenia SYCREST is launched.

2016

The Meiji Group celebrates its 100th anniversary.

2016

The anti-allergic drug BILANOA is launched.

Establishment of Me Pharma Co., Ltd. which is a subsidiary company for manufacture and sale of generic drugs.

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