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Tait history

With a history of over 167 years, Tait (德記) is not only the most longstanding OTC-listed company in Taiwan but also a distributor and trading company trusted by foreign brands.

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Officially introduced three top-selling products of Uni-President in China: Uni-President Laotan Pickles & Beef Flavored Noodles, Uni-President Assam Milk Tea and Uni-President Crystal Sugar Pear Tea.

2013

Created the proprietary brand “Kaisi Selection” and established Tait Trading (Shanghai) Company Ltd. (德記洋行商貿(上海)有限公司).

2011

Uni-President acquired a majority share in Tait (德記).

2008

Tait (德記) acquired the Kaisi Oolong Tea (開喜烏龍茶) trademark.

2005

Became OTC-listed (5902), Yageo Corporation (國巨股份有限公司) acquired a majority share in Tait (德記) to focus on the alcohol and beverage business.

1998
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ADI Corp. acquired a majority share in Tait (德記) and established branch offices in Hong Kong, Vietnam and China.

1993
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British Tait (德記) shares were sold to a company in Taiwan and it became a Taiwanese business.

1990
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Officially restructured as a limited company.

1987
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Tainan Salt Field (originally Tait (德記)’s Tainan branch office) was restored and designated as a class-three historic monument. It was transformed into the Taiwan Development Wax Museum.

1981
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Tait (德記) began distributing Nestle products, and the company shifted from export to importing fast moving consumer goods (FMCG).品(FMCG)

1974
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Japan’s Governor-General Office implemented a monopoly system, forcing foreign firms to go out of business or relocate. As a result, Tait (德記) terminated its businesses in Taiwan, and the Tait (德記) office in Anping, Tainan became Japan Salt Corporation’s office, which was subsequently converted into the Tainan Salt Field following Taiwan’s recovery.

1911
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A branch office was opened in Dadaocheng and the shipping agent service was augmented. European power tillers were imported. Tait (德記) became the largest shipping agent in Taiwan, exporting 1/3 of Taiwan’s tea.

1887
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Perceiving great potential in the tea market in northern Taiwan, a branch office was established in Tamsui to seize the initiative in Taiwanese tea exportation.

1878
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Anping Harbor officially opened and Tait (德記) established a branch office in Anping, Tainan as the first operational base to conduct trading in Taiwan. Main businesses involved: exportation of granulated sugar and camphor.

1867
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Scottish merchant James Tait (德記) established Tait Marketing and Distribution Co., Ltd. (德記洋行) in Xiamen, Fujian as a subsidiary of the British East India Company (英國東印度公司).

1845

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