Yeo Hiap Seng

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Yeo Hiap Seng Limited
Public company (SGX: Y03)
Subsidiary of Far East Organization
Industry Conglomerate
Founded1900;120 years ago (1900)
Key people
Daryl Ng Win Kong, Chairman
Melvin Teo, Group CEO
ProductsFood and beverage, property
Owner Far East Orchard (49.5% stake) [1]
Parent Far East Organization

Yeo Hiap Seng Limited (simplified Chinese :杨协成; traditional Chinese :楊協成; pinyin :Yáng Xiéchéng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī :Iûⁿ Hia̍p-sêng, Commonly known as Yeo's) is a Singaporean beverage company. It operates as an investment holding company as well as a drink manufacturer in Singapore and Malaysia. It is a multinational corporation that has offices and market presence in the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Pacific Islands, China, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Japan. Yeo's also exclusively manages other international brands such as Allswell, Dutch Lady, Kickapoo, Red Bull and Uni-President. [2] Some of its house brands (See Below) include H-Two-O, Yeo's Asian Beverages, Justea, and Pink Dolphin.


YHS majority shareholder is Ng Teng Fong's Far East Organization, and it also develops houses and condominiums. The company also has operations in over 60 countries which includes Thailand, China, Singapore, Malaysia, United States and franchises in Indonesia and Mauritius.



The company has its history dated back to 1900. Founded by Yeo Keng Lian (Chinese: 杨景连), a native of Fujian, China, who began his business career by making soy sauce in Zhangzhou with the Yeo Hiap Seng Sauce Factory (Chinese:杨协成) in 1901. Then he emigrated to Singapore in the 1930s, where he re-established the Yeo Hiap Seng Sauce Factory in 1938. [3] [4] Yeo died in Singapore in 1960. [3]

The name Yeo Hiap Seng is of Christian origin with Hiap Seng meaning unity of Christ as Yeo was Presbyterian. [3]


Although founded in 1938, the company was incorporated in Singapore on 20 December 1955 as Yeo Hiap Seng Canning and Sauce Factory Private Limited and was listed on 7 November 1968 and renamed to its present shorter name.

The 1950s saw the company can curry chicken, pioneer the bottling of soy milk, and package Asian drinks in Tetra Brik aseptic containers using the Ultra-high temperature processing system.

1990s and beyond

In June 1995, Robert Ng took over as chairman of Yeo Hiap Seng (YHS). His chairmanship came at the same time as his family increased its stake in the company to 24.9%, just short of the 25% threshold above which they would be required by law to make an offer to buy out all other shareholders. This marked a step forward in his fight with Malaysian billionaire investor Quek Leng Chan for control of YHS and its land holdings in Singapore's Bukit Timah district, which could be worth billions of dollars were they redeveloped into residential real estate. [5] In the end, Ng and his father were able to successfully take advantage of squabbles within the Yeo family to buy up 86% of YHS' stock. [6] Their battle to gain control of the company was later described as "one of the most colourful take-over struggles in Singapore's history" and led to YHS' transformation from a food company to a luxury real estate developer. [7]

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