Dairy Farm International Holdings

"Dairy Farm" redirects here. For a farm where milk is produced, see dairy farming. For a building where milk is harvested, see dairy.
Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited
Traded as SGX: D01
Industry Retail
Founded 1886
Headquarters Hong Kong
Key people
Simon Keswick (Chairman)
Products Food, hygiene products
Revenue US$12 billion
Owner Jardine Matheson
Number of employees
Website www.dairyfarmgroup.com
Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited
Traditional Chinese 牛奶國際控股有限公司
Simplified Chinese 牛奶国际控股有限公司

Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited is an Hongkongese retail company with its legal base in Bermuda. A member of the Jardine Matheson Group, it is a major pan-Asian retailer involved in the processing and wholesaling of food and personal hygiene products in the Pacific region and in China. Jardine Strategic, a publicly listed holding company, has an attributable 78% stake in the firm. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with secondary listings on the Singapore and Bermuda stock exchanges.

The company head office is in the Devon House (德宏大厦; 德宏大廈; dak1 wang4 daai6 haa6; Déhóng Dàshà) in Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay.[1]


As of 30 June 2013, the Group, its associates and joint ventures operated over 5,700 outlets; Wellcome/Food World (supermarkets), 50% share of Maxim's Catering (restaurants), Cold Storage (supermarkets), Jasons Market Place/Market Place by Jasons/Jasons Food Hall (high end supermarkets), Shop 'n Save (discount supermarkets), Giant (hypermarkets), Mannings/Guardian (health and beauty) stores; it also operates 7-Eleven (convenience stores) throughout the region, and IKEA (home furnishings) stores in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

In 2012 the group, its associates and joint ventures operated over 5,700 outlets, employed over 97,000 people and had total annual sales in excess of US$11 billion.


Dairy Farm's old office in Pok Fu Lam.
The old cowsheds in Pok Fu Lam, now part of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Béthanie campus.
Exterior view of the Old Dairy Farm Depot, now housing the Hong Kong Fringe Club

Dairy Farm was set up in 1886 by Sir Patrick Manson,[2] a Scottish surgeon, and five well known Hong Kong businessmen. They initially aimed to improve the health of Hong Kong people by providing them with non-contaminated cows' milk and to import a herd of dairy cattle so as to decrease the price of milk by more than half. The farm was located in Pok Fu Lam.

In 1890, Dairy Farm built a low-rise brick and stucco building on Lower Albert Road in Central for use as a cold storage warehouse. This warehouse was later renovated and expanded in 1913 to include a dairy shop, a room for meat smoking, a cold storage room for winter clothes and residency for its manager. The building later evolved into the company headquarters until the company moved in the 1970s. The abandoned building was acquired by the Hong Kong Fringe Club, a non-profit-making arts organisation in 1984, and has been carefully restored. This distinctive 19th century building, now known as the Old Dairy Farm Depot, is a well-known landmark in Central providing a wide variety of cultural activities and performances.

In 1904, Dairy Farm began importing frozen meat and opened its first retail store at the Central District depot. The second Dairy Farm store was established on Nathan Road, Kowloon towards the end of the war in 1918. Amongst other things, this store provided fishing boats in Hong Kong with large amounts of ice.

In 1960, Dairy Farm and Lane Crawford formed a merged food retailing operations and renamed these supermarkets as Dairy Lane under Dairy Lane Limited. This joint business was undone by the acquisition of the Wellcome chain in 1964.[3]

In 1972, Dairy Farm was acquired by Hong Kong Land, a Jardines subsidiary. In 1986 Dairy Farm was relisted on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange after it was demerged from Hong Kong Land. Dairy Farm acquired a 50% interest in Maxim's at the same time. The 228-outlet 7-Eleven convenience store chain in Hong Kong was acquired in 1989 from Jardine Matheson.

Since 1999, Dairy Farm has continued to expand its footprint by acquiring supermarket and other retail operations in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Notably, it also acquired IKEA Hong Kong, Taiwan in 2002 and began Ikea's Indonesian operation in 2014.

As of June 2011, Dairy Farm is 78% owned by Jardine Matheson Holdings.[4]

Discontinued operations

See also


  1. "Our Offices." Dairy Farm. Retrieved on October 2, 2016. "MANAGEMENT OFFICE 11/F Devon House, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong" - Address in Traditional Chinese: "香港鰂魚涌英皇道979號 太古坊德宏大廈11樓" Address in Simplified Chinese: "香港鲗鱼涌英皇道979号 太古坊德宏大厦11楼"
  2. "Hong Kong Hongs with Long Histories and British Connections." Retrieved on 2013-01-03.
  3. Dairy Farm 1886-2006
  4. Jardine Matheson Holdings 2010 Annual Results

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