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Ajinomoto is an international food and food ingredients corporation. Founded by Saburosuke Suzuki II in 1917, Ajinomoto is a public company, listed on the Tokyo stock exchange as TYO:2802. The head office for Ajinomoto is located in Tokyo, Japan.

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Katy Askew | 25 Sep 2014

Japanese seasonings and frozen food manufacturer Ajinomoto is expanding its overseas footing. The company became the US's largest ethnic food maker in the frozen category when it acquired Windsor Quality Holdings earlier this month. The deal significantly ramps up Ajinomoto's North American presence - but it is just one step on the group's path to becoming a "global speciality company". Katy Askew reports.


Julian Ryall | 15 May 2014

Japanese food manufacturers are targeting countries in south-east Asia as key export markets. As they extend their presence in the region, Japan's food exporters hope to benefit from the perceived sophisticated, fashionable and healthy image of Japanese food products. Julian Ryall reports.


just-food.com | 22 Oct 2010

Commodity costs may not be reaching the levels seen in 2007 but there are signs of growing pressure on food manufacturers. In this month's just-food interview, Groupe Doux CEO Guy Odri explained why the poultry giant is urging retailers to push through price increases. Elsewhere this week, Yakult failed in its attempt to get EU clearance for health claims, food ingredients maker Ajinomoto defended aspartame from the critics and Mars Inc explained it is planning to realign its chocolate business worldwide.


just-food.com | 16 Jul 2010

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Helen Arnold | 15 May 2017

Japan-based frozen food-to-seasonings manufacturer Ajinomoto has reported a fall in annual profits.


Helen Arnold | 11 May 2017

Increasing demand among French consumers for Japanese food has prompted Tokyo-based frozen food-to-drinks and seasonings manufacturer Ajinomoto to launch eight of its products in the European country.


Katy Askew | 27 Apr 2017

Ajinomoto Windsor, the North American arm of Japanese food giant Ajinomoto, has announced plans to build a new appetiser production facility in Joplin, Missouri.


Dean Best | 27 Apr 2017

Japanese giant Ajinomoto is to sell a plant in the US to local manufacturer Today's Foods.


John Shepherd | 27 Mar 2017

Japanese frozen food-to-seasonings giant Ajinomoto said it is to invest US$15m in Hinoman and take on the exclusive sales rights in Japan for the Israel plant-based food firm's Mankai ingredient.


Katy Askew | 7 Feb 2017

Japanese frozen food-to-seasonings giant Ajinomoto reportedly wants to grow its business in Europe, with plans to expand in the region via a US$1.3bn M&A war chest. 


Katy Askew | 17 Nov 2016

Japanese food giant Ajinomoto has acquired Örgen Gida Sanayi ve Ticaret, a Turkish food manufacturer that produces the Bizim Mutfak brand. 


Dean Best | 11 Nov 2016

Ajinomoto, the Japan-based food and ingredients group, has cut its forecasts for annual sales and earnings, citing exchange rates as a factor.


Katy Askew | 9 Nov 2016

Japanese food group Ajinomoto has acquired a 33.33% stake in pan-African food group Promasidor Holdings for US$531m. 


Katy Askew | 2 Nov 2016

PepsiCo and Ajinomoto are reportedly among the bidders aiming to take a stake in African dairy company Promasidor. 


Ben Cooper | 18 Oct 2016

Japanese food groups Ajinomoto and Toyo Suisan Kaisha are ending their joint venture in Nigeria.


Dean Best | 30 Aug 2016

Ajinomoto, the Japanese food group, is to spend THB800m to expand production and improve efficiency at a plant in Thailand to meet growing demand in the country.


Katy Askew | 29 Jul 2016

Japanese seasoning giant Ajinomoto booked lower sales and earnings for the three months to 30 June, with forex dragging down the contribution from its international businesses.


Hannah Abdulla | 13 May 2016

Japanese food group Ajinomoto has accepted a offer for its stake in local seasonings business Gaban Co. from House Foods Group.


Katy Askew | 25 Feb 2016

Japanese seasonings giant Ajinomoto Co. is investing JPY3.2bn (US$28.5m) to expand production capacity of its Masako seasoning brand in Indonesia by 30%. 


Hannah Abdulla | 18 Jan 2016

Frozen food maker Ajinomoto is adding a new production line at its facility in Oakland in the US state of Mississippi.


Hannah Abdulla | 6 Nov 2015

Japanese seasonings and food maker Ajinomoto has reported a jump in profits for the first six months of its fiscal year.


Katy Askew | 5 Oct 2015

Ajinomoto is investing US$20m to expand its frozen rice production as it works to grow its business in North America. 


Dean Best | 21 Aug 2015

Ajinomoto, the Japan-based food group, is reportedly looking for acquisitions in Europe as part of plans to expand rapidly through M&A.


Dean Best | 7 Aug 2015

This week's rundown of the latest financial results include a profit warning from TreeHouse Foods, an increase to profit forecasts at Post Holdings and a clutch of Japanese companies reporting their first-quarter results.


Hannah Abdulla | 5 Jun 2015

This week, Nestle said it was withdrawing its Maggi noodle brand in India after a food safety scare that has seen local authorities insist the product has elevated levels of lead. Elsewhere, Abbott Laboratories was tied up in a class action lawsuit over its Similac product with allegations it is misleading consumers since the product contains non-organic ingredients. Elsewhere Nomad Holdings confirmed it is in acquisition talks with Findus Group. just-food visited the Free-From Expo in Barcelona this week and spoke to Warburtons among others. We also interviewed the CEO at Divine Chocolate. Here is the week in quotes


Katy Askew | 4 Jun 2015

Japanese food group Ajinomoto intends to “accelerate the expansion of its frozen food business in North America” and is investing JPY3bn (US$25m) to open a frozen noodle plant in the US.


Hannah Abdulla | 4 Jun 2015

Japanese food giant Ajinomoto has announced it is to enter the Indonesian bread market, with domestic sales scheduled to start in Augut 2016.


Hannah Abdulla | 8 May 2015

Japanese food manufacturer Ajinomoto has reported an increase in profits for the year.

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