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History

2019

Oct.
Chum-Churum ranked No. 1 in the soju category on the National Consumer Satisfaction Index (NCIS) for 4 straight years
Aug.
FSSC22000 (Food Safety Management System) certification acquired by Chungju Plants 1 and 2
Jul.
Started sponsorship of the King Sejong Institute Hue in Vietnam
Mar.
ISO37001 certification acquired by Lotte Chilsung Beverage, the first such achievement by a domestic beverage business

2018

Dec.
Best Labor-management Culture Grand Prize by Ministry of Employment and Labor (Prime Minister Award)
Oct.
Established of LOTTE Akhtar Beverage, a joint venture in Pakistan
Sep.
Ranked No. 1 in the beer category on the National Consumer Satisfaction Index (NCIS) for 4 straight years

2017

Dec.
Signed contract for the domestic distribution of Molson Coors
Aug.
Started official sponsorship of the Korea Football Association with Fitz Super Clear
Jun.
Received Presidential Award for 23rd World Environment Day
Mar.
Lotte Del Monte juice selected as No.1 brand in juice sector of Korea Brand Power Index (K-BPI) for 20th consecutive year
Feb.
Selected as No.1 business in the beverage sector of the National Customer Satisfaction Index (NCSI) for six straight years

2016

May
Selected as exemplary business in gender equality in employment by the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL)

2015

Dec.
Selected as exemplary family-friendly business by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF)
Oct.
Opened Cheongju Plant
Jul.
FSSC22000 (Food Safety Certification) acquired by Gangneung, Gunsan, and Gyeongsan Plants

2014

Dec.
Chungju Plant expanded (50,000 kl to 100,000 kl)
Jan.
Established LOTTE MGS, a joint venture in Myanmar

2013

Sep.
Chum-Churum ranked No. 1 in the soju category on the National Consumer Satisfaction Index (NCIS) for 6 straight years
Mar.
Expanding online sales channels - Lotte Chilsung Mall open
Jan.
Applying a water-soluble adhesive to pet bottle label for the first time in Korea

2012

Jul.
Chum-Churum becomes the first Korean soju to be distributed by Tesco of the UK

2011

Dec.
Received award for surpassing 100 million USD in exports for 48th Korea Trade Day
Nov.
Established Lotte Changbai Beverage Co. in Jilin, China to promote Baekdusan Mountain spring water business
Oct.
Launched Lotte Chilsung Beverage through merger of Lotte Liquor

2010

Sep.
Takeover of PCPPI (Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc.) stocks (34.3%) as part of the effort to make forays into world markets

2009

Oct.
Launched Lotte Gwangmyeong Logistics Center with a cutting edge automated system as a new logistics center in the Greater Seoul area
Mar.
Launched Lotte Liquor
Jan.
Takeover of Doosan Liquor BG
See corporate history prior to 2008

2007

Oct.
Commenced operation of aseptic production line in Anseong Plant in Gyeonggi-do
- Introduced aseptic PET packaging (Today Tea) to the market as the first of its kind introduced by a domestic beverage business

2005

Nov.
Establishment of Lotte Aodeli Beverage Co. Ltd.
Sep.
Entered Chinese market; Established Lotte Huabang (Beijing) Beverage. Co. Ltd.

2002

Dec.
Passed 1 trillion KRW mark in annual sales for two consecutive years, the first time achieved by a domestic beverage business

2001

Nov.
Signed contract for takeover of Gatorade sports drink.

Exceeded 1 trillion KRW mark in annual sales, the first such achievement by a domestic beverage business.

2000

Oct.
Completed work on Anseong Plant in Gyeonggi-do
Aug.
Exceeded 100 billion KRW mark in monthly sales, the first such achievement by a domestic beverage business

1995

Dec.
All plants received ISO9001 certification, the first such achievement by a domestic beverage business

1993

Jun.
Commenced operation of Daejeon Plant

1992

Jan.
Selected as official beverage partner of Daejeon Expo 1993.

1989

Jul.
Became first business in Korea and ninth business in the world to win the Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) certification

1985

Nov.
Selected as official beverage partner of the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul and the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul

1984

Oct.
Commenced operation of Gwangju Plant

1982

Dec.
Entered into a technical partnership in juice production and sales with Del Monte of the United States.

1979

Oct.
Commenced operation of Opo Plant in Gyeonggi-do

1978

Jun.
Commenced operation of Yangsan Plant in Gyeongnam

1977

Dec.
Commenced work for mandarin juice extraction plant in Seogwipo, Jeju-do

1976

Oct.
Commenced operation of Seocho-dong, Seoul Plant
Jul.
Signed contract for production/sale with Pepsi Cola of the United States.

1974

Dec.
Changed name to Lotte Chilsung Beverage Co., Ltd.

1973

Jun.
Listed stock on Korea Stock Exchange (KSE)
Mar.
Initial public offering (IPO); Changed name to Chilsung Hanmi Beverage

1970

Jan.
Merged Dongbang Beverage Company.

1969

Apr.
Started supplying to post exchange of the Eighth Army, USFK

1967

Nov.
Changed name to Hanmi Foods Industry

1950

May
Established Dongbang Beverage Company (in Galwol-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul)

Corporate History Prior to 2008

  • 2008 ISO14001 (Environmental Management System) certification acquired by all plants
  • 2006 KRW 2 billion donated to the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games promotional fund ISO9001 (Quality Management System) certification acquired by all plants
    Korea Safety Award awarded to Gangneung Plant by the President of the National Emergency Management Agency
  • 2002 Gangneung Plant recognized as a New Labor-Management Culture Leading Company by the Ministry of Labor
    FSSC22000 (Food Safety) certification acquired by Gangneung, Gunsan, and Gyeongsan Plants
  • 2000 Awarded the $40 Million Export Award for liquor
  • 1999 Gangneung Plant, the first Soju manufacturer, recognized as an Environmentally- friendly Business
    Gunsan Plant awarded the Korea Total Production Maintenance Award
  • 1998 Doosan Liquor BG established through the merger of Gyeongwol (soju), Baekhwa (cheongju), and OB (wine)
  • 1996 Trade name changed to Baekhwa
    Gunsan Plant recognized as an Environmentally-friendly Business
  • 1995 Started exporting soju to Japan
  • 1994 Gyeongsan Plant recognized as a Model Environment Management Business
  • 1991 Trade name changed to Gyeongwol
  • 1987 Gunsan Plant recognized as a Model Environment Management Business
  • 1985 Doosan Baekhwa established
  • 1976 Gyeongsan Plant of Oriental Brewery Company (OB) constructed
  • 1973 Trade name changed to Gyeongwol Jujo
  • 1945 Baekhwa Yangjo established
  • 1926 Gangneung Hapdong Jujo established
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