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Ajinomoto Group History

1900 - 1929

1930 - 1949

1950 - 1969

1970 - 1989

1990 - 1999

2000 - 2009

1907

Dr. Kikunae Ikeda, a chemist, started to develop UMAMI taste from Konbu seaweed.


Mr. Saburosuke Suzuki II established Suzuki Seiyakusho Co.


Kikunae Ikeda


1908

Dr. Ikeda acquired patent for manufacturing seasoning (monosodium glutamate).


Mr. Suzuki acquired a joint share of the above-mentioned patent with Dr. Ikeda.


The Japanese Interior Ministry certified AJI-NO-MOTO as harmless in terms of health and safety.


Registered trademark of Lady & AJI-NO-MOTO.


Started production AJI-NO-MOTO in Zushi factory.


Patent for manufacturing seasoning (monosodium glutamate)

Registered trademark of Lady & AJI-NO-MOTO

1909

AJI-NO-MOTO won a bronze medal at the first Japanese Invention Exhibition.


Launched AJI-NO-MOTO in Japan on 20th May 1909.


Head office of Ajinomoto Honpo

AJI-NO-MOTO, as of launched

1910

Adopted sole agent in Taiwan and launched AJI-NO-MOTO.


Adopted sole agent in Korea and launched AJI-NO-MOTO.


 
1912

Started to sell wheat starch (to spinning companies).


 
1913

Dr. Kodama, pupil of Dr. Ikeda, discovered that Inosinate is the source of UMAMI taste in dried bonito.


Shintaro Kodama

1914

Established Kawasaki factory.


Adopted sole agent in China.


Kawasaki factory

1917

Established Oh-shima factory in Tokyo (closed in 1919).


Established S. Suzuki & Co. Ltd. (the present Ajinomoto Co., Inc.).


Established Hamanaka factory in Hokkaido (closed in 1921).


Opened New York purchasing and sales office (closed in 1941).


 
1918

Opened Shanghai sales office (closed in 1945).


 
1920

Established S. Suzuki & Co., Ltd. in New York.


 
1923

Extended the patent term for manufacturing seasoning (monosodium glutamate) for 6 years.


The Great Kanto Earthquake destroyed Head office and Kawasaki factory.


Makeshift head office opened after the Great Kanto Earthquake

1926

Established The Larrowe Suzuki Company in the U.S. (dissolved in 1936).


 
1927

Opened Singapore sales office (closed in 1938).


Opened Hong Kong sales office (closed in 1937).


 
1928

Established Showa Hiryo Co. Inc. (the present Showa Denko K.K. ).


 
1929

Opened Taipei sales office (closed in 1945).


 
1931

Cut price five times in 6 years.


Opened Seoul sales office (closed in 1943).


Opened Dalian sales office (closed in 1945).


Seoul sales office


1932

Changed company name to Ajinomoto Honpo S. Suzuki & Co., Ltd.


 
1933

Opened Harbin (China) sales office (closed in 1942).


Opened Shenyang (China) sales office (closed in 1943).


 
1934

Opened Tianjin (China) sales office (closed in 1945).


Established Showa Brewery Co. Ltd. (the present Mercian Corporation).


Tianjin (China) sales office


1935

Established Tianjin (China) Kogyo Co. (taken over in 1945).


Established Takara Oil Refining Co., Ltd.


Established Takara Seiyaku Co. (the present AJINOMOTO HEALTHY SUPPLY, INC.).


 
1939

Established Yokohama factory (the present J-OIL MILLS, INC. Yokohama factory).


Established Manchuria Nosan Kagaku Kogyo Co. in Tianjin, China (taken over in 1945).


Established Shanghai Ajinomoto Co. in China (sold in 1945).


Manchuria Nosan Kagaku Kogyo Co.


1940

Changed company name to Suzuki Shokuryo Kogyo Co.


 
1943

Changed company name to Dai-Nippon Chemical Co.


Established Saga factory.


Saga factory


1946

Changed company name to Ajinomoto Co., Inc.


 
1947

Resumption of export AJI-NO-MOTO to the U.S.


Resumption of export AJI-NO-MOTO


1949

Became a publicly-quoted company.


 
1950

Started to sell AJI-NO-MOTO in Japan without control.


 
1951

Reopened Los Angels sales office.


 
1954

Opened Sao Paulo, Paris, Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong sales offices.


 
1956

Launched Crystal of Essential Amino Acids (ingredients of infusion).


Established Ajinomoto Co. of New York, Inc. (the present Ajinomoto U.S.A., Inc.).


Established Ajinomoto do Brasil Industria e Comercio (the present Ajinomoto Interamericana Indutria e Comercio Ltda.).


Established Central Research Laboratories in Kawasaki.


Central Research Laboratories


1958

Established Nippon Consomme Co., Ltd. (the present Knorr Foods Co., Ltd. ).


Established Union Chemicals Inc. in the Philippines (the present AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION).


The original premises of Nippon Consomme Co., Ltd.


The initial premises of Union Chemicals Inc.


1960

Established Ajinomoto Co., (Thailand) Ltd.


Launched Aji-Shio.


The first factory of Ajinomoto Co., (Thailand) Ltd.


The original package of Aji-Shio


1961

Established Nippon Amino Shiryo Co., Ltd. (the present Itochu Feed Mills Co., Ltd.).


Established Yokkaichi factory.


Established Ajinomoto (Malaya) Co., Ltd. (the present Ajinomoto (Malaysia) Berhad).


Established Deutche Ajinomoto GmbH.


The initial premises of Yokkaichi factory


The first factory of Ajinomoto (Malaya) Co., Ltd.


1962

Launched Umami Dashi Hi-Me.


The initial package of Umami Dashi Hi-Me


1963

Launched Kellogg's Corn Flakes in alliance with Kellogg Co.


Established Ajinomoto-INSUD S.p.A. in Italy (dissolved in 1977).


The original package of Kellogg's Corn Flakes


The initial factory of Ajinomoto-INSUD S.p.A.


1964

Launched Knorr Soup in alliance with CPC.


The original package of Knorr Soup


1965

Launched feed-use Lysine.


 
1968

Established Toyo Oil Mills Co., Inc. (the present J-OIL MILLS, INC. Chiba factory).


Established Ajinomoto del Peru S.A.


Launched mayonnaise in alliance with CPC.


Toyo Oil Mills Co., Inc.


The first factory of Ajinomoto del Peru S.A.


The original package of AJI-NO-MOTO mayonnaise


1969

Established PT Ajinomoto Indonesia.


Dr. Olney report introduced.


The initial premises of PT Ajinomoto Indonesia.


1970

Launched Hon-Dashi.


The original package of Hon-Dashi


1972

Took a stake in Myojo Alimentos Ltda. (the present Nissin-Ajinomoto Alimentos Ltda.).


Launched Ajinomoto KK Frozen Foods.


Launched surfactant Amisoft.


The initial package of Ajinomoto KK frozen Gyoza


Surfactant Amisoft


1973

Established Ajinomoto (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.


Launched Ajinomoto General Foods products in alliance with General Foods Corp.


Launched Knorr Cup Soup.


Took a stake in Wan Thai Foods Industry Co., Ltd. (instant noodle).


The original package of MAXWELL coffee


The first package of Knorr Cup Soup


Thai YumYum, a product of Wan Thai Foods Industry Co., Ltd.


1974

Established Eurolysine S.A. (the present AJINOMOTO EUROLYSINE S.A.S.) in France.


 
1975

Launched AGF Maxim coffee.


 
1977

Launched Ajinomoto KK Chuka-Aji.


The initial package of Ajinomoto KK Chuka-Aji


1978

Launched menu-specific seasonings Cook Do.


The original package of Cook Do


1979

Launched Argin-Z beverage.


Launched ROSDEE in Thailand.


The initial package of Argin-Z


ROSDEE (chicken flavor)


1980

Launched DANONE products in alliance with Cie GERVAIS DANONE.


DANONE Fresh Cheese


1981

Launched ELENTAL (elemental diet).


ELENTAL


1982

Started to export aspartame to U.S.


 
1983

Established NutraSweet AG (the present Ajinomoto Sweeteners Europe S.A.S.) in Swiss.


 
1984

Launched PAL SWEET (sweetener).


Established Heartland Lysine, Inc. (the present Ajinomoto Heartland LLC) in the U.S.


PAL SWEET


1986

Launched Lentinan (anti-cancer drug).


 
1987

Established PT Ajinex International in Indonesia.


Established Kashima factory (closed in 2002).


The factory of PT Ajinex International


1988

Launched Sazon in Brazil.


Launched Seto no Honjio.


 
1989

Established Ajinomoto Foundation for Dietary Culture.


Acquired S.A. OmniChem N.V. (the present S.A. Ajinomoto OmniChem N.V.).


 
1990

Established Ajinomoto System Techno Corporation.


Established Ajinomoto Frozen Foods (Thailand) Co., Ltd.


Alliance with Calpis Food Industry Co., Ltd. (the present Calpis Co., Ltd.).


Ajinomoto Frozen Foods (Thailand) Co., Ltd.


CALPIS Water


1991

Established B&W Vietnam Co., Ltd. (the present Ajinomoto Vietnam Co., Ltd.).


Established West African Seasoning Co., Ltd. in Nigeria.


Established Euro-Aspartame S.A. (the present Ajinomoto Sweeteners Europe S.A.S.) in France.


The initial premises of B&W Vietnam Co., Ltd.


1992

Launched enzyme ACTIVA.


 
1993

Launched Birdy canned coffee in Thailand.


Birdy canned coffee


1994

Established PT Ajinomoto Calpis Beverage Indonesia.


Established CHUANHUA AJINOMOTO CO., LTD. in China.


CHUANHUA AJINOMOTO CO., LTD.


1995

Launched amino VITAL Pro.


Established Ajinomoto Betagro Frozen Foods Co., Ltd. in Thailand.


Established Lianyungang Ajinomoto Ruyi Foods Co., Ltd. in China.


The original package of amino VITAL


1996

Established Ajinomoto (China) Co., Ltd.


 
1997

Launched Jino series of cosmetics.


Established Ajinomoto Lianhua Amino Acid Co., Ltd. (the present HENAN AJINOMOTO AMINO ACID CO., LTD.) in China.


ASQUA (Ajinomoto System of Quality Assurance^ became effective.


The initial package of Jino series of cosmetics


1998

Established ZAO "AJINOMOTO-GENETIKA Research Institute" in Russia.


ZAO "AJINOMOTO-GENETIKA Research Institute"


1999

Introduced corporate logo.


Established Ajinomoto Communications Inc.


Established Ajinomoto Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd.


Established Ajinomoto Poland Sp. zoo.


Established Ajinomoto Pharma Co., Ltd.


Corporate logo introduced in 1999


Ajinomoto Poland Sp. zoo.


2000

AGP (Ajinomoto Group Principles) became effective.


Established Ajinomoto Frozen Foods Co., Ltd.


Established Lianyungang Ajinomoto Frozen Foods Co., Ltd. in China.


 
2001

Established SHANGHAI HOUSE AJINOMOTO FOODS CO., LTD.


Retort curry WEIDUDU


2002

Established Shanghai Ajinomoto Seasoning Co., Ltd.


 
2003

Took a stake in Gaban Asaoka Co., Ltd. (the present Gaban Co., Ltd.).


AJINOMOTO soccer Stadium opened in Tokyo.


Established J-OIL MILLS, INC.


Established AJINOMOTO INDIA PVT. Ltd.


Established AJINOMOTO FOODS EUROPE S.A.S. in France.


AJINOMOTO FOODS EUROPE S.A.S.


2004

Established SHANGHAI HOUSE FOODS CO., LTD.


Established Xiamen Ajinomoto Life Ideal Foods Co., Ltd.


Established OOO "AJINOMOTO" in Russia.


Established Ajinomoto Group Training Center in Japan.


The factory of SHANGHAI HOUSE FOODS CO., LTD.


The initial premises of OOO "AJINOMOTO"


2005

Established Ajinomoto Medica Co., Ltd.


 
2006

Acquired Amoy Food Group companies from Groupe DANONE.


 
2007

Alliance with YAMAKI Co., Ltd.


 

Note: In this document, trademarks are indicated in italics. AJI-NO-MOTO is the trademark of the Ajinomoto Group's seasoning products.