Japfa has its roots in copra pellet production back in its early history of the Nineteen-Seventies. The Company was established in 1971 under the name PT Java Pelletizing Factory as a 50 - 50 venture between PT Perusahaan Dagang & Industri Ometraco and International Graanhandel Thegra NV of the Netherlands.

In October 1989, in line with its expansion plan, the Company floated its shares on the Jakarta and Surabaya Stock Exchanges. The public listing, followed by a rights issue in 1990, provided the Company with the financial strength to launch into the animal feed industry.

Japfa subsequently made strategic acquisitions of four companies:
PT Comfeed Indonesia (animal feed), PT Ometraco Satwafeed (animal feed), PT Indopell Raya (pelletizing) and PT Suri Tani Pemuka (shrimp feed). A second wave of acquisitions took place in 1992 when Japfa bought PT Multibreeder Adirama Indonesia (poultry breeding), PT Ciomas Adisatwa (poultry processing operation) and the shrimp farming and cold storage operations of Suri Tani Pemuka.

The string of acquisitions transformed the Company into one of the largest and most integrated poultry / shrimp producers in the country.

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