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History and Milestones

Our Jollibee Group was founded in 1975 by Tony Tan Caktiong. With the help of his wife Grace, his family, and in-laws, they started everything with a small family business selling ice cream in the streets of Manila. Three years after starting, the family saw the opportunity for hot meals. They converted the ice cream parlors into the Jollibee brand we know today.

Tony always saw the huge potential for his business and dreamt big. He put faith in hard work, passion, and focus, to turn his then-small business into one of the biggest companies in the Philippines, Asia and now, the world.

Today, that dream has brought us from a single brand into a restaurant group with 18 well-loved brands and over 6,200 stores in 34 countries. Through our mission of bringing the joy of eating to everyone, we aim and continue to work to become one of the top five restaurant companies in the world.

Swipe through the years to see our milestone from past to present

1975

1975

Tony Tan Caktiong, together with his wife Grace, his family, and in-laws, start an ice cream business in Manila, Philippines

1978

1978

Jollibee Foods Corporation (Jollibee Group) is born

1987

Jollibee Group makes it to the Philippines’ Top 100 Corporations

1993

1993

Jollibee Group lists its shares on the Philippine Stock Exchange, with an initial offering of PHP 9/share

1993

Jollibee Group is cited as one of the leading companies in Asia by the Far Eastern Economic Review

1994

1994

Jollibee Group acquires Greenwich Pizza Corporation

2000

2000

Jollibee Group acquires Chowking

2002

2002

Jollibee Group Chairman and CEO Tony Tan Cacktiong is named Management Man of the Year by the Management Association of the Philippines

2003

For the sixth straight year, Jollibee Group is named as the Philippines’ Leading Company by the Far Eastern Economic Review

2004

2004

Jollibee Group acquires its first international brand Yonghe King, a restaurant chain in China

2004

Jollibee Group establishes the Jollibee Group Foundation

2004

Jollibee Group Chairman and CEO Tony Tan Caktiong is named the 2004 World Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young

2004

Jollibee Group opens Zenith Foods Corporation, the largest commissary in Asia, with an initial investment of PHP 1.5 Billion

2005

2005

Jollibee Group acquires Red Ribbon Bakeshop

2006

Jollibee Group establishes Jollibee Worldwide Services

2006

Jollibee Group is chosen as the Most Admired Company in the Philippines by the Asian Wall Street Journal

2008

2008

Jollibee Group completes its purchase of Hong Zhuang Yuan, a chain of congee restaurants located mostly in Beijing

2010

2010

Jollibee Group acquires 70% of Mang Inasal

2011

2011

Jollibee Group acquires a majority stake in the Burger King Philippines franchise

2011

Jollibee Group builds the Jollibee Foods Processing Commissary in China

2012

2012

Jollibee Group completes its acquisition of SuperFoods Group, which owns and operates Highlands Coffee and PHO24

2012

Jollibee Group was included among the 26 enterprises from ASEAN countries that were conferred with the “Most Admired ASEAN Enterprise” Award by the ASEAN Business Advisory

2013

Jollibee Foundation is renamed Jollibee Group Foundation

2013

Jollibee Group breaks into Forbes Asia’s Fab 50, Asia-Pacific’s Best 50 Big Listed Companies

2013

Jollibee Group inaugurates the Jollibee Group distribution center, the Philippines’ largest automated quick service restaurant logistics facility

2013

Tony Tan Caktiong, Jollibee Group’s Chairman & CEO, is named Global Filipino Executive of the Year at the Asia CEO Awards

2014

2014

Ernesto Tanmantiong assumes the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Jollibee Foods Corporation

2014

Jollibee Group and Ateneo team up to establish JFC University

2015

2015

Jollibee Group acquires 40% of
US-based Smashburger

2015

2015

Jollibee Group Chairman Tony Tan Caktiong is awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards

2015

Jollibee Group is one of only two Filipino companies that rank in Forbes Asia’s Fab 50

2016

2016

Jollibee Group acquires the remaining 30% stake in Mang Inasal, making it the 100% owner of the brand

2016

Jollibee Group completes the transfer of assets in Happy Bee Foods Processing Pte. Ltd. (Happy Bee), making Jollibee Group the 100% owner of Happy Bee Foods Processing in Anhui Province in China

2016

Jollibee Group Chairman Tony Tan Caktiong in 2016’s MVP Grand Bossing Awardee

2017

2017

Cargill and Jollibee officially inaugurate the Cargill Joy Poultry Meats Production plant. The plant has a processing capacity of 45 million chickens per year

2017

2017

Jollibee Group increases its ownership interest in the SuperFoods Group to 60%. SuperFoods Group is the holding company of Highlands Coffee and PHO24

2018

2018

Jollibee Group increases ownership in Smashburger to 85%

2018

2018

Jollibee Group enters into a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless to build a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States

2018

2018

Jollibee Group discloses plans to invest up to 45 million Singapore Dollars in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that has executed (through a wholly-owned subsidiary) a binding agreement for the acquisition of 100% of the Asia Pacific master franchise holder of Tim Ho Wan brand, Tim Ho Wan Pte. Ltd. and its affiliate Dim Sum Pte. Ltd.

2018

2018

Jollibee Group announces the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture with Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. to bring Panda Express restaurants to the Philippines.

2018

Jollibee Group wins the ASEAN Business Award for Priority Integration Sector — Food & Beverage

2018

Jollibee Group wins AGROW Award for Inclusive Business

2019

2019

Jollibee Group acquires the remaining 15% stake in Smashburger, making it the sole owner of the Smashburger business

2019

2019

Jollibee Group acquires The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (c), its largest and most multi-national acquisition to date

2020

2020

The Gallup Organization awards Jollibee Group with the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the first-ever Philippine-based corporation to receive such distinction

2020

USD 600 Million in Guaranteed Senior Perpetual Capital Securities (Securities) was issued by JWPL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jollibee Group, and listed in the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited.

2020

Amid the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jollibee Group allocates PHP 1 Billion as an emergency fund for employees and donates PHP 240 Million in aid to frontlines and affected families.

2020

Jollibee Group CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong is named as one of the A100 Most Impactful Asians

2020

Jollibee Group embarks on a Business Transformation aimed at adapting to changing consumer habits, accelerating profit recovery, and emerging stronger from the pandamic

2020

Jollibee Group CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong is named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Asia Leaders Awards

2020

Jollibee Group is one of only three Philippine-based companies awarded on Forbes’ List of World’s Best Employers

2021

Jollibee Group announces that it will establish a 50/50 joint venture to expand Yoshinoya, one of the largest and most recognized Japanese restaurant brands globally, in the Philippines

2021

2021

Jollibee Group announces a licensing agreement with Milkshop International Co. Ltd, a popular Taiwanese Bubble Tea Brand, to bring the Milksha Brand to the Philippines

2021

2021

Jollibee Group discloses that it will buy the shares of the remaining partners in the fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan Brand – increasing its interest from 85% to 100%

2021

2021

Jollibee Group lists its first-ever preferred shares on the Philippine Stock Exchange – a first for the Jollibee Group and the Philippine Food Service Industry

2021

Jollibee Group is cited in Forbes’ List of World’s Best Employers for the second consecutive year

2021

2021

Jollibee Group announces that it will purchase a majority stake in Milksha, a popular Taiwanese tea brand

2021

2021

Jollibee Group signs franchise agreement for Yoshinoya in the Philippines

2021

2021

Jollibee Group Increases Commitment to Fund Owning Tim Ho Wan from SGD 200M to SGD 225M, comprising 90% of the total fund

2021

Jollibee Group is cited by Forbes as among World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies, the only Philippine Company in the list

2021

2021

Jollibee Group wins the 2021 ASEAN Business Award for Priority Integration Sector: Food and Beverage

2021

2021

Esquire Philippines honors Jollibee Group CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong as Businessman of the Year