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Kikkoman Foods Plans Jefferson, Wisconsin, Operations

Soy sauce manufacturer Kikkoman Foods Inc. plans to expand its brewing plant in Walworth and establish operations in Jefferson, Wisconsin. The $800 million project is expected to create 83 jobs over twelve years.

The new 240,000 square-foot Jefferson facility will produce soy sauce and soy sauce–related seasonings, including teriyaki sauce. Operations are scheduled for Fall 2026.

“We have always valued Walworth for its great market access, outstanding workforce, central location for raw materials, pure water, and the open-hearted spirit of partnership of the local community,” said Mr. Yuzaburo Mogi, honorary chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Kikkoman Corp. “We chose Jefferson for those same reasons, and we look forward to expanding our footprint in Wisconsin and establishing a supply chain with increased stability in North America, Kikkoman’s largest overseas market.”

To support the project Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) approved awarding up to $15.5 million in performance-based tax credits to assist the company with its expansion.

“Fifty years ago, Kikkoman made history by choosing Walworth, Wisconsin, for its first international brewing plant,” noted Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes. “Now Kikkoman is opening a new chapter in that history by expanding its presence in Walworth and Jefferson.”

Kikkoman Corporation is a Japanese food manufacturer offering soy sauce, food seasoning and flavoring, mirin, shochu, and sake, juice and other beverages, pharmaceuticals, and restaurant management services. The company has production plants and offices in Japan, the U.S., the Netherlands, Singapore, China, Taiwan, and Canada.

“Kikkoman’s decision to choose Jefferson for their expansion speaks volumes about the strategic advantages and opportunities we offer,” added Deb Reinbold, president of Thrive Economic Development. “We’re excited to work with Kikkoman to ensure their success in our community and to maximize the positive impact of this investment.”

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