Takasago International Corporation

Takasago International Corporation (高砂香料工業株式会社, Takasago Kōryō Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a major international producer of flavours and fragrances headquartered in Japan, with presence in 27 countries and regions worldwide.[1] Takasago ranked 8th overall and 1st in Asia on the Global Top Food Flavours and Fragrances Companies list published by FoodTalks in 2021.[4]

Takasago International Corporation
Native name
TypePublic (K.K)
TYO: 4914
FoundedDecember 9, 1920; 102 years ago (1920-12-09)
Area served
Key people
Satoshi Masumura
(President and CEO)
RevenueIncrease JPY 141.5 billion (FY 2018)
(US$ 1.3 billion)
Increase JPY 7 billion (FY 2018)
(US$ 66 million)
Number of employees
3,354 (consolidated, as of March 31, 2018)
WebsiteOfficial website
Footnotes / references


Takasago International Corporation was founded on 9 February 1920 as the Takasago Perfumery Company Limited. In 1938, the headquarters of Takasago was moved to Taihoku (modern-day Taipei), and in 1940, a branch office and factory were set up in Shanghai.[5] In 1945, the Taipei headquarters and Shanghai office were taken over by Republic of China.

In 1951, the Takasago Chemical Company in Taipei was closed and a new company, Takasago Chemical Industry Company was founded. The new company later changed its name to Takasago Perfumery Industry Company and merged with Takasago Perfumery Company.

During the 1960s, Takasago established offices in New York City and Paris, and their headquarters were moved to Hatchoubori 2–11, Chūō Ward. In 1963, Takasago Company Limited was listed in the Tokyo 2nd stock market, but by 1969 they were listed in the Tokyo 1st stock market.

Since then the company has opened offices around the world including but not limited to Vinhedo, Mexico City, Rockleigh, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tangerang, Purwokerto, Chennai, Zulpich, Madagascar, Agadir and Murcia. Takasago is a member of the European Flavour Association.[6]

Awards and honorsEdit

In 2001, Takasago's member of Board of Directors Ryōji Noyori won the 2001 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the study of chirally catalyzed hydrogenations.[7]


Major competitors of Takasago include Firmenich, Döhler, International Flavors and Fragrances, Givaudan, Frutarom and Symrise.


  1. ^ a b "Corporate Profile". Takasago. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "About the company". Financial Times. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Company Profile". Nikkei Asian Review. Nikkei Inc. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Fu, Rice (April 6, 2021). "2021年全球食用香精香料50强" [Global Top 50 Food Flavours and Fragrances Companies]. FoodTalks (in Chinese). Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  5. ^ Rasmussen, Seth C. (January 18, 2018). Igniting The Chemical Ring Of Fire: Historical Evolution Of The Chemical Communities Of The Pacific Rim. World Scientific. pp. 362–364. ISBN 978-1-78634-456-4.
  6. ^ "About EFFA". EFFA. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Celebration of Professor Ryoji Noyori". Heterocycles. 76 (1). 2008. doi:10.3987/Contents-08-76-1. ISSN 0385-5414.

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