History

Follow in our footsteps.
Key challenges, discoveries,
creations and accomplishments of CJ

60 years of making culture

The History of CJ

The Pioneer Years of Korea's First, Best, and Different

1950년부터 1989년까지
  • 1953

    • Aug.

      Founding of CheilJedang,
      Samsung's very first manufacturing business

    • Nov.

      Production of Korea's earliest sugar

  • 1958

    • May.

      Production of flour

  • 1962

    • Mar.

      Began Korea's earliest sugar export

  • 1963

    • Dec.

      Enters condiment business

  • 1965

  • 1973

    • Nov.

      Enters animal feed business

  • 1975

  • 1977

  • 1978

    • Mar.

      Establishment of Food Research Center

  • 1979

    • Sept.

      Launch of Beksul Cooking Oil

  • 1980

    • Oct.

      Exceeded 100 million USD in exports

    • Dec.

      Enters meat processing business

  • 1982

    • Nov.

      Development of a mass production
      technology for Interferon

  • 1984

    • May.

      Enters pharmaceutical business

    • Jun.

      Establishment of a total research center

  • 1985

    • Jan.

      Production of Aspartame,
      Korea's earliest low calorie sweetener

  • 1986

    • May.

      Launch of Hepaxin-B production,
      a hepatitis B vaccine

  • 1987

    • Feb.

      Enters frozen foods market

  • 1988

    • Dec.

      Establishment of PT.CSI,
      a bio company in Indonesia

Groundwork for Lifestyle Businesses
and Global Market

1990년부터 1999년까지
  • 1991

    • Dec.

      Exceed one trillion KRW in sales
      (first in Korean food industry)

  • 1992

    • Sep.

      Launch of Condition, a recovery drink

  • 1993

    • Jun.

      Declaration of CheilJedang
      as a separate legal entity

  • 1994

    • Feb.

      Enters dining business

    • May.

      Enters catering business

  • 1995

    • Mar.

      Establishment of Cheil C&C
      (current CJ OliveNetworks IT department)

    • Apr.

      Establishment of CheilJedang Construction
      (current CJ E&C)

      Agreement on DreamWorks SKG involvement
      and enters entertainment & media business

  • 1996

  • 1997

    • Jan.

      Investment and distribution of movie Inch'Allah

    • Mar.

      Opening of VIPS (first branch)

    • Apr.

      Acquisition of Mnet,
      a music cable network company

    • Sept.

      Opening of Tous les Jours (first branch)

    • Oct.

      Enters animal feed business in Philippines

  • 1998

    • Jan.

      Completion of PT.CJI,
      a nucleic acid production site in Indonesia

    • Mar.

      Enters logistics business

    • Apr.

      Opening of CGV Gangbyeon 11,
      the very first multiplex in Korea

  • 1999

    • Apr.

      Entry into top 30 corporate groups (CheilJedang Group)

    • Nov.

      Opening of Olive Young (first branch),
      a health & beauty store

Towards a Total Lifestyle Group

2000년부터 2010년까지
  • 2000

    • Jan.

      First in Korea as a major corporate group to
      utilize horizontal communication

    • Apr.

      Establishment of CJ Entertainment

    • May.

      Acquisition of 39 Shopping (Current CJ O Shopping)

    • Jul.

      Establishment of Foodville (Current CJ Foodville)

      Opening of CGV Gold Class,
      the very first premium theater in Korea

    • Sept.

      Establishment of CJ Food System (Current CJ Freshway)

  • 2001

    • Mar.

      Enters animal feed business in Vietnam

    • Aug.

      Opening of Nine Bridges Golf Club in Jeju

  • 2002

    • Aug.

      Constitution of CJ Media,
      a multiple channel operator & program provider

    • Oct.

      Constitution of CJ Group

      Hosting of CJ Nine Bridges Classic,
      an LPGA Tour

    • Dec.

      Opening of Twosome Place (first branch)

  • 2003

    • Jan.

      Enters performance business

    • Mar.

      Enters animal feed business in China

    • May.

      Opening of CJ Human Resources Hall

  • 2004

    • Feb.

      Acquisition of Shindongbang CP

    • Mar.

      Establishment of Dongbang CJ in Shanghai, China

    • May.

      Opening of Tous les Jours in LA, U.S.A (first branch)

  • 2005

    • Jun.

      Enters bio business in China

    • Jul.

      Establishment of CJ Welfare Foundation

    • Aug.

      Entry into World’s Top 100 Golf Courses (Nine Bridges)

      Opening of Tous les Jours in Beijing, China (first branch)

    • Nov.

      Commencement of N Seoul Tower operations

    • Dec.

      Enters processed food industry in North America

  • 2006

    • Jan.

      Enters fermented condiment business

      Opening of CGV Daning,
      first CGV cinema in China

    • Feb.

      Enters Japanese market (Mnet)

    • Apr.

      Enters seafood processing business

    • May.

      Establishment of CJ Culture Foundation

    • Aug.

      Enters logistics business in Asia

    • Oct.

      Launch of tvN, a total entertainment channel

  • 2007

    • Jan.

      Enters chilled & frozen food business in North America

    • Feb.

      Acquisition of Hasungjung Food

    • May.

      Addition of Cine de Chef to multiplex CGV

    • Jun.

      Opening of Tous les Jours in Vietnam (first branch)

    • Sept.

      Conversion to holding company structure

  • 2008

    • Jan.

      1,000th branch opening (Tous les Jours)

    • Oct.

      Launch of Chen Chen CJ home shopping
      in Tianjin, China

  • 2009

    • Jan.

      Opening of Korea's very first 4DX theater

    • Sept.

      Opening of Haesley Nine Bridges golf club
      in Yeoju, Korea

      Launch of Star CJ home shopping
      (current SHOP CJ) in India

  • 2010

    • Jan.
    • May.

      Opening of BIBIGO (first branch)

    • Jun.

      Launch of tving,
      Korea's very first N-Screen service

      Opening of CGV LA,
      the very first CGV in North America

    • Nov.

      Hosting of 2010 MAMA in Macau

    • Dec.

      Viewership rating of 19.3%
      (Superstar K2 final episode)

A Global Company that Creates Culture

2011년부터 2016년까지
  • 2011

    • Jan.

      Opening of CGV Cheongdam Cinecity,
      Korea's very first cultureplex

    • Mar.

      Constitution of CJ E&M

    • Jul.

      Launch of CJ Food World,
      a one-stop dining and lifestyle space

      Renewal of Beksul
      the flagship brand of CJ CheilJedang

    • Oct.

      Acquisition of Megastar Media,
      Vietnam's biggest multiplex

    • Dec.

      Acquisition of Korea Express Co.,
      Korea's biggest logistics company

  • 2012

    • Jan.

      Launch of Hello Mobile,
      a telecommunications service

    • Jul.

      Opening of BIBIGO in Soho, London

    • Oct.

      Hosting of KCON,
      a Korean cultural festival in LA

  • 2013

    • Apr.

      Constitution of CJ Korea Express

    • May.

      Exceeded 100th global branch opening
      (Tous les Jours)

    • Jun.

      Opening of Season's Table (first branch),
      a healthy Korean cuisine

      Musical Kinky Boots won 6 Tony Awards,
      including Best Musical Award

    • Jul.

      Opening of Olive Young in China (first branch)

    • Oct.

      Listing of BIBIGO in the
      2013 Michelin Guide for London

      Opening of CGV Shinchon Artreon
      (100th branch)

  • 2014

    • Apr.

      Spin-off of CJ Healthcare

    • Jun.

      Completion of bio plant construction in Iowa, U.S.A

      Opening of CGV 4DX in North America

    • Aug.

      Exceeded 200th global branch opening
      (CJ Foodville)

      Topped box office by exceeding 17 million viewers
      (The Admiral movie)

  • 2015

    • Jul.

      20 Once Again, a joint production between Korea and China
      tops box office gross record

    • Feb.

      Opening of CJ Creative Center for Convergence Culture

    • Jun.

      Enters bio business in Malaysia

    • Aug.

      Exceeded 500th branch opening (Olive Young)

      Opening of CJ Creative Center for
      Convergence Culture

    • Sept.

      Enters chilled & frozen goods distribution industry in China

    • Dec.

      Topped box office in Vietnam
      (Em La Ba Noi Cua Anh movie)

  • 2016

    • Jul.

      Top viewership rating of 19.6% on cable TV
      (final episode of Reply 1998)