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    The Ajinomoto Group is the leader on frozen foods in Japan and the most sought-after Asian brand in the world.

The Chairman’s Message


Since the successful « Umami » seasoning was created, Ajinomoto Co. Inc. stands as one of the world’s leaders in the amino acids R&D field. While improving our state of the art technologies, our different business - stemming from each local culture – help take on the challenges facing humanity.

sign AJITakaaki Nishii
Chairman and Chef Executive Officer

History and values

In 1907, Dr Kikunae Ikeda, a chemist, started to develop the UMAMI taste from Konbu seaweed, and acquired a patent for manufacturing it a year later. Mr Saburosuke Suzuki II acquired a joint share of the above-mentioned patent with Dr Ikeda and set up Suzuki Seiyakusho Co. (whose name was changed into Ajinomoto Co. Inc. in 1946) in order to market "Umami" in 1909. It was an instant success. Ajinomoto Co. Inc. won a bronze medal at the first Japanese Invention Exhibition held in the same year. 106 years later, the company has kept the open-mindedness that presided over its creation and broadened the scope of its activities (towards scientific research and pharmaceuticals health in particular).

As a seminal figure in the history of Japanese cuisine, the Group promotes its values all through the country and built a dedicated structure in Tokyo (in 2004). This structure oversees the Ajinomoto® Foundation for Dietary Culture and the Ajinomoto® Corporate Museum. In order to foster health, the Ajinomoto Group daily implements a thorough social and environment policy.


Enter the universe Ajinomoto®

  • « To create good, affordable seasonings, and turn simple but nutritious fare into delicacies.»

    Dr Kikunae Ikeda, My motivation for inventing Ajinomoto®

    Within a century, the company has broadened the scope of its activities and diversified (towards scientific research and pharmaceuticals health in particular), but remains deeply committed to its lifetime motto - eat well, live well. In keeping with this original ideal, we continue to create products of scientifically proven benefit in the interest of people’s health.
  • We create better lives globally by contributing to significant advances in Food and Health and by working for Life.
    The Ajinomoto Group Way is based on 4 key ideas: create new value / display pioneer spirit / social contribution / value people.

    • Create value with new ideas and continuous innovation based on unique technologies and science.

    • Continue to constantly take on the challenge of creating new businesses and markets.

    • Accommodate social requirements with humility and honesty, with the objective of maximizing value for society through business activities.

    • Respect the humanity of all the people involved in the Ajinomoto Group’s businesses, and be an organization in which they can grow and display their abilities to the fullest extent.
  • Established in 26 countries and areas around the world, we are an expanding group conducting businesses in three overlapping fields - food products, bioscience products & fine chemicals, and pharmaceuticals – with amino acids at the core. As our products are sold in more than 130 countries and areas, we keep exploring new markets and broadening our offer.

    Our worldwide presence allows us to help taking on the challenges facing humanity - global sustainability, securing food resources, and ultimately meeting the desire for healthy lifestyles.

Our latest news

The food products


The food products

So far, Ajinomoto® offers a range of eight items – four delicious starters and four delightful warm dishes.


The food products

Ajinomoto® now in France


Ajinomoto® now
in France

From now on, Japanese cuisine fans may skip dining out. Ajinomoto®, the leader on frozen foods in Japan and the most sought-after Asian brand in the world, now offers its gourmet delicacies in France so anyone can cook Japanese at home.

Ajinomoto® now in France

Célébrer le Nouvel An Chinois avec Ajinomoto

Célébrer le Nouvel An Chinois avec Ajinomoto

Célébrer le Nouvel An Chinois avec Ajinomoto
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