Everything we do flows from our promise: Mizu To Ikiru (living with water). Water, precious and powerful, shapes our world and makes life possible everywhere. And water is at the heart of our business as a beverage company.
Our vision of Growing for Good inspires how we grow our business sustainably. We believe that both growth and good are equally important because the bigger we are, the greater our positive impact can be.
Suntory is a global enterprise, with more than 300 companies and 42,000 employees. Since our foundation in Japan in 1899, Suntory now has grown into one of the world’s leading beverage and food companies.
FOUNDER OF SUNTORY
Shinjiro Torii launched Suntory in 1899. His entrepreneurial mindset, his visionary dreams, and his love for challenges are strongly embedded in the way we do things. He continues to inspire us still today through his Yatte Minahare spirit.
FOUNDER OF SCHWEPPES
A true pioneer, Jacob Schweppe applied his creativity to develop the first effective process to produce carbonated mineral water in 1783. This was just the start of a journey full of flavour that we’re still savouring today. Suntory shares the ownership of the Schweppes brand with other companies in the world.
FOUNDER OF ORANGINA
From a small, family-owned factory in Algeria to a world-renowned brand, Jean-Claude Beton’s entrepreneurial spirit was instrumental in building one of France’s more iconic drinks, which brought a taste of the Mediterranean to the rest of the world.
FOUNDER OF LUCOZADE
His determination to help his sick daughter led William Hunter to develop Glucozade. This was the first drink that combined great taste and glucose, which became Lucozade in 1927. Today, Lucozade Energy is all about unlocking the potential of people’s positive energy.
FOUNDER OF RIBENA
Dr Vernon Charley was a leading scientist at the University of Bristol before developing Ribena in 1938. The discovery of the high levels of vitamin C in blackcurrants prompted him to create a juice drink that’s been enjoyed by generations ever since.
1: ¥217 billion: Suntory Group consolidated operating income
2: ¥2,108 billion: Suntory Group consolidated revenue excluding excise taxes. As of December 31, 2020
Shinjiro Torii founds Torii Shoten, starting with the production and sale of wine.
The company launches the first authentic Japanese whisky, Suntory Whisky Shirofuda (white label).
Kotobukiya changes its name to Suntory Limited and enters the beer business.
Suntory establishes Suntory Foods Limited, our beverage and food division.
Suntory welcomes Orangina Schweppes Group to the Suntory Beverage and Food Group.
Suntory Beverage & Food Limited is listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Suntory welcomes Lucozade Ribena Suntory to the Suntory Beverage and Food Group.
Suntory Beverage & Food Europe (SBFE) group of companies is established with headquarters based in London.
The Suntory Group adopts Mizu To Ikiru as its promise. Like water, we change and adapt. Every day, we turn into something new.
SBFE group of companies come together under a new visual brand and name identity