Our name means „the essence of taste“. AJINOMOTO FOODS EUROPE has a rich history helping food manufacturers of all sizes deliver the highest quality of taste enhancement.

Historical Product of Ajinomoto

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.

The history of our success


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


Launch of umami taste
Launches world’s first umami seasoning AJI-NO-MOTO® with the aspiration of making a simple diet more delicious and improving the nutrition of the Japanese people with umami


First Expansion
Actively promotes business expansion to spread the aspiration of “Eat Well, Live Well.” across the world


Overseas Subsidiaries
Resumes overseas expansion and establishes local subsidiaries in the United States, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, and other countries


Diversification of Food Products in Japan
Through collaboration with foreign companies, commences the full-scale diversification of food products in Japan in such ways as gradually launching new products in order to respond to the diversifying ways of enjoying food


Expansion of Product Range
Expands business domains to include frozen foods, coffee, and feed-use lysine (Europe)


International competition
Actively accelerates regional expansion overseas amid intense international competition; advances into such countries as Vietnam and West Africa


Responsibility for Global Nutrition
Commences the “Ghana Nutrition Improvement Project,” which aims to resolve global issues related to nutrition


Expanding Frozen Food Business in the US
Establishes Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. with the aim of expanding the frozen food business in the United States; establishes manufacturing and sales networks that cover the entire country

Company Product Tree

A variety of products in growing markets

Delivering the highest quality of taste enhancement.
At Ajinomoto Foods Europe SAS, 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 better and healthy living.

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