Our story began in 1908 when Dr. Kikunae Ikeda discovered the amino acid, glutamic acid, was responsible for the savory flavor (or “umami”) found in many foods.
This discovery led to the founding of Ajinomoto Co. in 1909, paving the way for over a century of research and innovation that has transformed countless industries worldwide.
Today, we continue that legacy—and dedication to human health—through the innovative research, development, manufacture, and sale of amino acid-based products that create better lives for all.
Create value through new ideas based on the latest advances in science and technology.
Continually pave the way for new businesses and markets previously unexplored.
Accommodate and champion social requirements with humility and integrity.
Respect the humanity of every Ajinomoto team member and customer.
Our unique scale and legacy allows us to change lives all over the world.