||Started to sell tea brand, Lipton in Japan home market.
||Keiji Ohta, Former President, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.
||Started to sell illycaffè’s coffee products in Japan.
||honu KATO COFFEE Inc. became a subsidiary.
Released the innovative extraction device called KEY Crystal Dripper.
||Capital and business alliance was established with GINZA RENOIR Co., Ltd.
||Four factories nationwide acquired FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification 22000). ALMOND CO., LTD. became a subsidiary.
||Started to sell illycaffè’s espresso system, Iperespresso, in Japan.
||Acquired a part of businesses of Crystal Coffee Co., Ltd.
||Released the product, Aroma Flash, which seals in the aroma of freshly ground beans. Released Hyo-On Jukusei Coffee.
||Completed the renovation of all factories.
||Key Coffee Service Co., Ltd. became Key Coffee Communications Inc.
Key Shokai Co., Ltd. became Key Associates Co., Ltd.
Nic Foods Industrial Co., Ltd. became subsidiary (presently Nic Foods Co., Ltd.).
Italian Tomato Co., Ltd. became subsidiary.
||Merged with Aomori Key Coffee Co., Ltd.
Kyoei Corporation became subsidiary.
||Introduced a new logistic system in all KEY COFFEE business establishments.
Hirokazu Shibata, Honorary Chairman, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Ray with Rosette.
||ISO 14001 certification acquired for the company as a whole.
Acquired JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standard) certification for organic produce and processed products.
||Launched “Roots”, a brand product released jointly with JT.