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Japan-Based Rice Vinegar Brewer Marukan Opens Facility In Griffin, Georgia

Marukan, a Japan-based rice vinegar brewing company, will locate its second U.S. brewery at The Lakes at Green Valley, the state’s first eco-friendly park, creating 15 jobs and investing $13 million into the project in Griffin, Georgia.

The 100,000-square-foot brewing facility will support the company’s growing customer base in the Southeast. The manufacturing facility will produce, package and distribute premium rice vinegar using traditional brewing methods developed over three centuries.

The Griffin plant will more than double the company’s current production capacity, when combined with the Marukan brewery in California. Marukan will also work with students at the University of Georgia Griffin Campus to research opportunities for current and new products. Production is expected to begin in early 2017.

“It has been my dream and vision to build Marukan’s second U.S. plant in the east,” said Chairman Denzaemon Sasada. “This location in Griffin is ideal for our natural brewing method and we are very excited to join many other quality Japanese companies who have found a new home in Georgia.”

Headquartered in Kobe, Japan and Paramount, California, Marukan has been brewing rice vinegar since 1649 and celebrated its 40th anniversary in the U.S. last year. Marukan is the nation’s leading maker of 100 percent organic rice vinegars which are popular in the largest health food chains such as Whole Foods Market, as well local independent natural food shops.

”The fact that a global leader chose Georgia to locate its first east coast production facility is an indicator that our state is the right place for businesses to flourish,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “Our dynamic network of companies, interconnected transportation infrastructure and access to skilled talent continue to attract innovative businesses such as Marukan. We look forward to their continued growth here.”

“Being selected by Marukan, with its nearly 400 year history of continuous operations, again validates the attractiveness of Spalding County and The Lakes at Green Valley as a top tier place to do business,” said Chair of Griffin-Spalding Development Authority Chuck Copeland. “Company officials from both their US-based operation and Japanese corporate offices have been a pleasure to work with on this project.”

“We are very happy to welcome Marukan into The Lakes,” said Executive Director of Griffin-Spalding Development Authority David M. Luckie, CEcD. “This is a great project for our community and our new food center at UGA and we continue to be thankful for the terrific partnership with the State and particularly with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Scott McMurray and Joseph Huntemann who worked this project with us.”

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