In the Tokugawa Era there was a saying that “Masamune means Sake and Marukan means vinegar.” As a guarantee of the unfailing quality of Marukan vinegar, the name of the company’s founder, Suya Kanzaburo (Yasuhisa) was written on every barrel of vinegar produced. Later the first character of that name was designed to the present trademark, and today this trademark has continued to stand as a guarantee of our traditional skill and constant high quality.


  • 1649

    Company was established, Yasutsugu Hanzaemon Okada started producing refined vinegar in Kiyosu, Aichi Prefecture.

  • 1675

    His eldest son, Kanzaburo Yasuhisa, moved the business to Fushimicho in Nagoya, and the present trademark was adopted.

  • 1743

    Denzaemon, the second son of Kanzaburo was adopted from the Okada family into the Sasada family, and started production of refined vinegar in Fukuromachi, Nagoya.

  • 1816

    Okada family was combined with the Sasada family, and the third generation Denzaemon Sasada became head of the business.

  • 1885

    Trademark was registered in order to comply with the new Trademark Act.

  • 1893

    Japan head office and factory was established in Kobe.

  • 1908

    Appointed purveyors to the Imperial Household.

  • 1914

    Established Sasada Shoten Co., Ltd.

  • 1941

    Tokyo factory newly constructed.

  • 1945

    Company’s entire facilities destroyed by bombing during WWII.

  • 1949

    Company incorporated as Sasada Shoten.

  • 1950

    Absorbed Nihon Shinshiki Brewing Co., Ltd.

  • 1953

    Nagoya factory newly constructed.

  • 1961

    Company’s name changed to Marukan Vinegar Co., Ltd.

  • 1974

    Los Angeles branch established.

  • 1975

    Marukan Vinegar (U.S.A.) Inc., established.

  • 1983

    Became Japanese Agent for sales of Martin Pouret wine Vinegar.

  • 1986

    U.S. bottling line completed.

  • 1988

    New head office and factory completed at Rokko Island, Kobe.

    U.S. brewing facilities completed.

  • 1989

    U.S. packaging facilities for pickled ginger completed.

  • 1994

    Kanto factory newly constructed at Ibaragi Prefecture.

  • 2001

    Kosher certified by Kosher overseers.

  • 2002

    Organic certified by Oregon tilth.

  • 2007

    Certified Kosher by Star-K

  • 2009

    Celebrated 360th anniversary.

  • 2010

    “2010 Business of the year” awarded by city of Paramount.

  • 2012

    NON-GMO Project verified

  • 2016

    Plans finalized and construction begins on Griffin, GA Brewery

  • 2017

    Griffin, GA Brewery Grand Opening


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