Our History

Go on a journey through time to see the inception of Ajinomoto and how we grown to be what we are today.
Dr. Kikunae Ikeda Discovers Umami in 1908
Dr. Kikunae Ikeda
Discoverer of the Umami taste

Our Promise

We will contribute to greater wellness for people worldwide, unlocking the power of amino acids to resolve the food and health issues associated with dietary habits and aging.

That is our promise to our customers. Our application of the power of amino acids will focus primarily on our work to create delicious meals, promote growth, development and recovery, and support physical health.

Through our products and services, the Ajinomoto Group will continue to help people, taking on new challenges to make every day more comfortable and delicious.

Our Philosophy

Since its founding, the Ajinomoto Group has been consistently engaging in initiatives to resolve social issues through its business. By improving economic value through the creation of shared value with society and local communities, these initiatives have contributed to the Group’s growth. These kinds of initiatives have been named ASV (The Ajinomoto Group Creating Shared Value). We have positioned ASV at the core of the Group’s corporate philosophy “Our Philosophy” as we strive to realize our mission and vision adopted under this philosophy.

The Ajinomoto Group Profile

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Meet the diverse people behind the company, whose wealth of experience informs all aspects of our operations.


Learn how our R&D headquarters, R&D Centers and other group companies are linked, coordinated and managed as a Global Innovation Network to provide customer solutions.