From humble local beginnings to the worldwide brand you see today, family has always been at the heart of our business.
The UCC story began in 1933 when an ambitious young man established a western food store in Kobe, Japan. Ueshima Tadao’s passion for all things Western soon led him to discover coffee and such was his passion for this rich, aromatic ‘mysterious beverage’ that he dedicated his life to making coffee popular across Japan.
In 1951, with a capital of just one million yen (about €7,000), Ueshima Coffee Incorporated was born.
Today UCC Europe is part of a worldwide coffee business that includes 11 operating companies, dozens of brands and thousands of passionate staff around the globe. We use our experience and expertise to offer customers unbeatable products, service and support every day.
Ueshima Coffee Incorporated is created with the slogan “Sophisticated people love coffee!”
UCC opens its first coffee shop in Hakata, Fukuoka.
UCC creates the world’s first ever brand of canned coffee – still the companies biggest source of sales profit.
Canned coffee becomes a global sensation after UCC are invited to sell it at the Osaka International Expo.
UCC films the coffee industry’s first television commercial.
Foods Supply International Corporation is created to better serve the restaurant and fast food industries.
UCC creates Japan Hills Coffee Corporation. Sales reach one hundred billion yen within a year.
UCC opens its first directly managed coffee plantation in the Jamaican Blue Mountains.
A local UCC subsidiary is established in Brazil enabling UCC to analyse and approve the quality of its own exported green coffee beans.
The UCC Coffee Museum opens in Kobe.
Food services are integrated into UCC coffee shops and UCC Food Service System Corporation is established.
UCC opens a second directly managed coffee plantation in Hawaii.
Another world first is achieved as ‘UCC Black’ (non-sugar) is introduced to the canned coffee market.
The innovative new ‘Super Aroma System’ is introduced in UCC’s Rokko Island Factory. UCC Hyogo General Factory is the first to achieve the international ISO9002 standard for quality management systems.
UCC enters the single serve coffee market with the introduction of the ‘Keurig Coffee System’.
Through a partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, UCC becomes the first company in the Japanese market to sell sustainable coffee.
The UCC Coffee Academy is opened to offer a coffee education and training program to all employees as well as public.
A further on-site office is completed in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, enabling UCC experts to inspect the production processes of green beans for UCC.
UCC acquires United Coffee and UCC Europe is born.
The 80th anniversary of UCC Group.