Established Kirin Kyowa Foods Company, Limited.

April 1, 2009

We are pleased to inform you that Kyowa Hakko Food Specialties Co., Ltd. and Kirin Food-Tech Company, Limited have merged as of April 1, 2009 and started newly as Kirin Kyowa Foods Company, Limited (Kirin Kyowa Foods') .

Based on the strengths of each company in fermentation-related technology, the new company, Kirin Kyowa Foods, aims to propose and deliver to customers appealing, tasty and healthy food products and ingredients. The creation of Kirin Kyowa Foods represents a new start and it is expected to play a key role in the quantum leap in growth in the area of food and health that the Kirin Group is targeting in its long-term management vision, Kirin Group Vision 2015 ("KV2015).

Company Outline
Company Name
Kirin Kyowa Foods Company, Limited
Head Office
Sphere Tower Tennozu, 17th Fl.
2-2-8 Higashi Shinagawa
Shinagawaku,Tokyo 140-0002
3 bilion yen
Representative Director, President
Soichiro Katsura

Number of employees
692(as of April 1, 2009)
Company activities
Manufacturing and sales of seasonings, sweeteners, quality-improving agents, yeast-related ingredients, bakery ingredients and other food ingredients

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