Ajinomoto to Build New Umami Seasonings Factory in Thailand
Part of 24 Billion Yen Investment in Thailand Including Expansion of
`Further strengthening the overseas food products business by deepening presence
and expanding in the growing seasonings markets of Asia and other overseas regions`
November 4, 2010 - Ajinomoto Co., (Thailand) Ltd. (Ajinomoto Thailand), a subsidiary of Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (Ajinomoto; President & CEO: Masatoshi Ito; Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan), has announced plans to invest 5.39 billion baht (approximately 14.7 billion yen) to build a new umami seasonings factory in Ayutthaya Province, Thailand.
Ajinomoto has already decided to increase production capacity for nucleotide seasonings in Thailand, and with the addition of the new umami seasonings factory, the Company will invest a total of 24.0 billion yen to expand production capacity. Both facilities are scheduled for completion in 2013. Umami seasonings and nucleotide seasonings are key ingredients of Ajinomoto's seasoning products, including the umami seasoning AJI-NO-MOTO and various flavor seasonings. These capacity expansions will enable Ajinomoto to meet increasing demand in Asia and other parts of the world, as well as to deepen its presence in growing seasonings markets overseas and expand into new regions and business areas to further strengthen its overseas food products business.
Ajinomoto's seasoninngs business based on umami as a key ingredient comprises three areas:
1. Umami seasoning AJI-NO-MOTO for consumers
2. Flavor seasonings and menu-specific seasonings for consumers
3. Umami seasonings for processed food manufacturers
By unifying the operations of these three areas, Ajinomoto has developed a unique business model offering value tailored to customer needs.
Ajinomoto's goal is to provide consumers in the growing economies of Asia and other countries around the world with the universal values of deliciousness and health through its umami seasonings and other original food products for home-cooked meals, prepared meals for home consumption, and restaurants. In this way, the Company will further enhance both its product brands and its corporate brand, AJINOMOTO®.
One hundred and two years after the discovery of umami, Ajinomoto remains committed to contributing to the health of people worldwide under its slogan, "Eat Well, Live Well."
Overview of Ayutthaya Factory
Overview of Ajinomoto Co., (Thailand) Ltd.
Overview of Nucleotide Seasonings Factory Capacity Expansion (Decided in May 2010)
What are Flavor Seasonings?
Flavor seasonings are blends of spices, salt, sugar, umami seasonings and other ingredients with extracts of meat, fish or vegetables. They are used in a wide range of dishes and applications, including soups, stir-fried dishes and pre-seasoning. Brands such as RosDee in Thailand, Masako in Indonesia, Aji-ngon in Vietnam, and GINISA in the Philippines are equivalent to HON-DASHI in Japan and can be used to easily prepare traditional "dashi" (soup stocks) in each country.
Ajinomoto is a global manufacturer of high-quality consumer foods and other products incorporating unique technologies. Founded in 1909 and now operating in 122 countries and regions, the company offers lines of seasonings, processed foods, beverages, amino acids, pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals. With FY2009 net sales of US$12.8 billion, Ajinomoto is renowned for its innovative contributions to food culture and human health. For more about Ajinomoto (TYO:2802), visit www.ajinomoto.com
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