Mizkan Acquires Exclusive Distribution Rights of ANGOSTURA(TM) Aromatic Bitters

Jan 11, 2010, 11:00 ET from Mizkan Americas

MT. PROSPECT, Ill., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Mizkan Americas, Inc., a leading condiment manufacturer, today announced it has expanded its portfolio of high-quality, well-known brands with the exclusive distribution rights of ANGOSTURA(TM) aromatic bitters.

"This distribution broadens our product offerings into a new channel of trade, strengthening the Mizkan name across several categories," said Craig Smith, President & CEO of Mizkan Americas.

Originally developed in 1824, ANGOSTURA(TM) aromatic bitters are widely used in both alcoholic & non-alcoholic cocktails including Mojitos and Champagne cocktails. ANGOSTURA(TM) is known for its bitters and mixers which can be used to bring flavor to a variety of drinks and food recipes, as part of Mizkan's objective to bring flavor to life. This distribution places Mizkan Americas into a new channel of trade that now includes the liquor departments of supermarkets, liquor stores and on premise consumption.

"The distribution of ANGOSTURA(TM) aromatic bitters is an exciting addition to Mizkan Americas as we continue to grow into new food and beverage categories," said Mike Smith, Senior Vice President, Sales.

Mizkan attained the distribution rights with the recent acquisition of World Harbors® Sauces & Marinades. In addition to this transaction, Mizkan Group Corporation, parent of Mizkan Americas, has added to MA's roster of high-quality, well-known brands with its purchase of the Holland House® brand of cooking wines from Mott's LLP, a Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages Company and the Creole Fermentation of Louisiana. More recently, Mizkan acquired the Gourmet and Specialty Division of Imperial Brands Inc.

About Mizkan Americas

Mizkan Americas is a subsidiary of Mizkan Group and has a heritage in the condiment business that spans over 200 years. The company is a leading manufacturer of condiments in the United States with 13 manufacturing plants that serve the retail, foodservice, specialty, Asian and food ingredient trade channels. Since 2005, Mizkan Americas has seen dramatic growth due to the acquisition of Holland House® cooking wines and The Specialty & Gourmet Division of Imperial Brands Inc. Mizkan produces a wide variety of vinegars, mustards, cooking wines, wine reductions, sushi seasoning, jellies, salad dressings, Asian sauces and other liquid condiments. Mizkan Brands include NAKANO®, Four Monks®, Barengo® and Mitsukan®. For more information about Mizkan Americas, please visit www.mizkan.com.

About The Mizkan Group

The Mizkan Group, a global food manufacturer, is the parent company of Mizkan Americas, Inc. The Mizkan Group is a 200-year old privately held international food manufacturer, based in Handa City, Japan. The Mizkan Group has a stable of well-known international brands, under the "mizkan®" umbrella brand and is a leader in the liquid condiment category. The Mizkan Group has operating facilities around the globe, including Japan, China, the United Kingdom, the United States, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong & Taiwan.

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SOURCE Mizkan Americas