Ajinomoto GroupAJINOMOTO GROUP Worldwide

Our name means "the essence of taste"

Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc. Inc. has a rich history helping food manufacturers of all sizes deliver the highest quality of taste enhancement.


Source of umami

Dr. Kikunae Ikeda discovered that the amino acid L-glutamate, found in Kombu seaweed, is the source of umami



Umami seasoning AJI-NO-MOTO® launched


New York office

Ajinomoto Co. opens its New York office


Amino Acid

Amino Acid production begins in Raleigh, North Carolina



Lysine production begins in Eddyville, Iowa


Monosodium Glutamate

Monosodium Glutamate production begins in Eddyville, Iowa


Frozen Foods

Ajinomoto Frozen Foods U.S.A. established in Portland, Oregon



Ajinomoto Althea is established by acquiring Althea in San Diego, California



Ajinomoto Windsor is established by acquiring Windsor Quality Holdings in Ontario, California


Headquarters Relocation

Ajinomoto North America, Inc. moves headquarters to Itasca, IL


Global Logo Change

Ajinomoto Co. Inc. announce new global logo change for all affiliates


Company Name Change

Ajinomoto North America, Inc. changes name to "Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North america, Inc."

About Us

For over a century, Ajinomoto has provided products that are both tasty and healthful. We established our name with monosodium glutamate and today offer amino acids, artificial sweeteners, savory ingredients, specialty ingredients and more. Literally translated, Ajinomoto means “the essence of taste”.

With our broad portfolio of innovative ingredient solutions that span the sweet, savory and texture categories, we’re able to solve all types of formulation challenges. Providing products that not only taste good, but are good for you, is our promise.

flavor and texture enhancement

Delivering the highest quality of taste enhancement.

At Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc. Inc., we focus on basic taste, centering on umami, savory and sweet. Our formulation expertise with ingredients and food systems makes it possible for our customers to build strong brands and offer consumers great-tasting food products.

In many countries, the pursuit of health through nutrition is gaining momentum. In order to respond to these global trends, the Ajinomoto Group will contribute to improved nutrition by utilizing umami, kokumi, reduced-sodium ingredients, low-calorie sweeteners and other ingredients for healthy living.

high quality flavor enhancement

Vision & Mission

Our Vision:
Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc. Inc. contributes to significant advances in Nutrition and Health, creating a better life for all.

Our Mission:
To provide solutions and technologies which deliver taste, texture, flavor, safety and ensure successful consumer brands.

healthy food ingredients

Join our team

At Ajinomoto, we are making significant advances in food and health with new ideas and innovative technologies. We are seeking candidates with energy and enthusiasm to be part of our growing team throughout North America.

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