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”.
Dr. Kikunae Ikeda asked the chemist Saburosuke Suzuki to establish a joint enterprise for the commercialization of umami.
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.
As the Group expanded its business areas, its slogan “Eat Well, Live Well” became known worldwide.
The Ajinomoto Group continued growing abroad. Subsidiaries were founded in the United States, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand and other countries.
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.
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.
Expansion abroad gained speed and serious progress was made in certain countries and regions such as Vietnam and West Africa.
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.
“The Ghana Nutrition Improvement Project” was launched with the aim of solving global nutrition problems.
Ajinomoto bought 50 percent of Kükre Gıda A.Ş. one of the longest established producers in the Turkish food industry.
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.
The remaining stake in Kükre Gıda A.Ş., the owner of the Kemal Kükrer brand products, was purchased.