Initially established as a sales outlet for industrial pharmaceuticals and herbal remedies in 1911, San-Ei Gen gradually diversified and expanded its product range, becoming one of the leading food ingredient innovators and manufacturers.
|1911||Founding president, Genkichi Shimizu established a sales outlet for industrial pharmaceuticals and Chinese herbal remedies.|
|1931||Predecessor of San-Ei Chemical Industries Co., Ltd. was established in Osaka, Japan.|
|1938||San-Ei Co., Ltd. was established in Osaka, Japan and production of organic acids, artificial food colors and flavors was started.|
|1941||The Ministry of Health and Welfare in Japan began regulating food colorants (Ministry of Health and Welfare Notice No.535). A San-Ei product is the first food colorant to be officially approved.|
|1944||Company name was changed to San-Ei Chemical Industries, Ltd.|
|1953||Production of Emulsified Flavors was started.|
|1957||Production of Powdered Flavors was started.|
|1963||Production of Beta-Carotene emulsion was started.|
|1965||Production of extracts from the Annatto Seed (as first natural food colorant) and Curcumin Color was started.|
|1967||Production of Cochineal Color and Safflower Yellow Color was started.|
|1969||Production of Carotene powder and Grape Skin Color was started.|
|1972||Production of Paprika Color emulsion was started.|
|1973||New gelling technology using Locust Bean Gum and Xanthan Gum was developed.|
|1974||Production of Purple Corn Color was started.|
|1981||Okayama Plant was completed and production of a new natural colorant from Red Cabbage was started.|
|1986||San-Ei Gen FFI (USA) Inc. was established.|
|1989||Shiga Plant was completed.|
|1989||Chinese Bayberry Extract was approved as plant sources of natural flavorings in Japan.|
|1991||Red Cabbage Color product won Food Processing Award in the U.S.A.|
|1992||Company name of headquarters was changed to San-Ei Gen FFI, Inc.|
|1993||San-Ei Gen FFI (UK) Ltd. was established.|
|1995||San-Ei Gen FFI (Asia) Pte Ltd. was established in Singapore.
Production of Marigold Color emulsion was started.
|1996||Production of Tomato Lycopene preparation was started.|
|2000||San-Ei Gen FFI (Peru) S.A. was established.|
|2005||Shiga Plant was accredited with ISO 14001:2004.|
|2006||Okayama Plant was accredited with ISO14001:2004.|
|2007||Enzymatically modified isoquercitrin (EMIQ®) was self-affirmed as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by FDA (GRAS Notice No.GRN 000220).|
|2011||Food Safety Management System "SEG-QMS®" combining FSSC22000 and ISO9001 was introduced.|
|2012||All plants in Japan were accredited with FSSC22000.|
|2015||San-Ei Gen FFI (Asia) Pte Ltd. Singapore Plant was established.|
|2017||San-Ei Gen F.F.I., Inc. signed The United Nations Global Compact.
Headquarters, Tokyo Branch, Main Plant, Shiga Plant and Okayama Plant were accredited with ISO 14001：2015.
|2018||All plants and branches in Japan were accredited with ISO 14001:2015.
（Nagoya Branch, Fukuoka Branch, Sendai Branch and Hiroshima Branch were also newly accredited with ISO 14001:2015.）