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

To realize greater wellness for people all around the world through amino science
— this is the Ajinomoto Group’s promise to our customers.


Amino science is our unique scientific approach, enabling us to pursue the infinite possibilities of amino acids and provide products and services that support the health of the body and mind.


We will continue to take 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

Get some basic facts and figures about who we are


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.