Top Companies
The top ten companies in the whole food and beverage industry ranked by total sales in1998 (financial year ending March 1999 or December 1998) are as follows:

Rank Company Principal Market
1 Kirin Brewery Alcoholic beverages
2 Asahi Breweries Alcoholic beverages
3 Suntory Alcoholic beverages
4 Nippon Meat Packers Meat products
5 Ajinomoto Diversified food company
6 Yamazaki Baking Bread, cakes
7 Snow Brand Milk Products Milk products
8 Sapporo Breweries Alcoholic beverages
9 Meiji Milk Products Milk products
10 Morinaga Milk Industry Milk products

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