OUR STORY

Since 1909, we have been working for "food", "health" and "life", offering solutions for human health and sustainability.

1908

Considered one of the top 10 inventors in Japan, Dr. Kikunae Ikeda discovered that the taste constituent of seaweed was glutamate, an amino acid, and named it “umami”.

Kikunae Ikeda

1909

Dr. Kikunae Ikeda asked the chemist Saburosuke Suzuki to establish a joint enterprise for the commercialization of umami.

Kikunae Ikeda

1909

The World’s first Umami Sauce AJI-NO-MOTO® was launched with the help of umami to improve and make more delicious the diet of Japanese people.

Kikunae Ikeda

1920

As the Group expanded its business areas, its slogan “Eat Well, Live Well” became known worldwide.

Kikunae Ikeda

1950

The Ajinomoto Group continued growing abroad. Subsidiaries were founded in the United States, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand and other countries.

Kikunae Ikeda

1960

The Group started large-scale diversification of the food products available in Japan through partnerships with foreign companies. New products were gradually launched to answer the increasingly more diverse forms of food consumption.

Kikunae Ikeda

1970

The company’s line of business was expanded to incorporate frozen foods, coffee and the production of lysine, which is used for making feed for live stock.

Kikunae Ikeda

1990

Expansion abroad gained speed and serious progress was made in certain countries and regions such as Vietnam and West Africa.

Kikunae Ikeda

2000

Researchers from Miami University discovered that there were specific receptors in the human tongue for the umami taste. With this finding, umami was recognized as the fifth taste.

Kikunae Ikeda

2006

“The Ghana Nutrition Improvement Project” was launched with the aim of solving global nutrition problems.

Kikunae Ikeda

2011

Ajinomoto Istanbul was founded.

Kikunae Ikeda

2013

Ajinomoto bought 50 percent of Kükre Gıda A.Ş. one of the longest established producers in the Turkish food industry.

Kikunae Ikeda

2017

The Group bought Örgen Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., a major Turkish food company producing soup, bouillon, cooking mixes, puddings, whipped cream and chocolate sauce under the Bizim Mutfak brand.

Kikunae Ikeda

2017

The remaining stake in Kükre Gıda A.Ş., the owner of the Kemal Kükrer brand products, was purchased.

Kikunae Ikeda

2018

Örgen Gıda A.Ş. and Kükre Gıda A.Ş.have decided to merge under one roof with the name “Ajinomoto Istanbul Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi” (Ajinomoto Istanbul Food Industry and Trade Ltd.)

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