Nissin Ajinomoto Alimentos Ltda. to Start up New Plant
in Northeast Region of Brazil
Aims to Expand Business in Fast-Growing Instant Noodle Market
Start of Operations in November 2012
 
TOKYO, November 13, 2012 - Nissin Ajinomoto Alimentos Ltda., a joint venture in Brazil between Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (Ajinomoto Co.) and Nissin Foods Holdings, will start operations at a new instant noodle plant in the Northeast Region of Brazil in which it has invested approximately JPY 1.8 billion.

Completion of the new plant, which will commence operations in November 2012, will enable Nissin-Ajinomoto Alimentos to further expand its business in Brazilfs fast-growing instant noodle market.
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1. Background of the New Plant
  Since its founding in 1975, Nissin-Ajinomoto Alimentos has contributed to the establishment of the instant noodle market in Brazil. It had a market share of 60 percent as of 2011, and currently has a plant in Ibiúna in the state of São Paulo.

Brazil's economy is expanding steadily due to a growing population (about 190 million in 2010 according to UN estimates) and increasing domestic demand. Economic growth is expected to continue.

Meanwhile, the instant noodle market continues to expand, supported by a rising standard of living and consumer acceptance of the convenience of delicious meals that are easy to prepare. The size of the Brazilian instant noodle market was approximately 2.1 billion servings in 2011 (10th largest in the world), and is projected to continue growing by about 5 percent annually.

Growth is particularly remarkable in the Northeast Region, which in 2011 grew by more than 10 percent over the previous year and has become the countryfs largest market for instant noodles.

2. Purpose of the New Plant
  The Ibiúna Plant is located in the Southern Region of Brazil. Consequently, the market share of Nissin-Ajinomoto Alimentos in the Northeast Region has been lower than its average share nationwide because of price competition from local manufacturers with nearby plants. By building the new plant, the company aims to solidify its business foundation in Brazil by strengthening its cost competitiveness in areas such as distribution costs and by enhancing region-specific marketing to further increase its share in the largest regional market. In addition, with the reserve capacity of the Ibiúna Plant the company expects to expand sales to Argentina, to which it already exports.

3. Overview of the New Plant
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4. Overview of Nissin-Ajinomoto Alimentos Ltda.
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5. Significance of the New Plant for Ajinomoto
  Strengthening and growing the overseas consumer foods business is one of the key principles of the 2011-2013 Medium-Term Management Plan aimed at making Ajinomoto a genuine global company. The construction of the new plant will promote sustainable growth of the Ajinomoto Group's instant noodle business, and lead to business expansion in Brazil.

Reference Data
Location of Pernambuco Plant
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History of Nissin-Ajinomoto Alimentos Ltda.
 1965    Miojo Produtos Alimenticios Ltda. established
 1972    Ajinomoto Co., Inc. acquires a 55% stake
 1975    Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. (predecessor of Nissin Foods Holdings) acquires a 45% stake
            (Ajinomoto Co., Inc. 55%)
            Name changed to Nissin Alimentos Ltda.
 1983    Equity ownership changes to Ajinomoto Co., Inc. 50%, Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. 50%
            Name changed to Nissin-Ajinomoto Alimentos Ltda. (current name)

Main Products of Nissin-Ajinomoto Alimentos
  @ Lamen Traditional
Description: Standard pot-cooked pillow-type instant noodles; the companyfs core product
 
  @ Nosso Sabor
Description: A product with improved quality sold only in the North and Northeast regions
 
  @ Cup Noodles
Description: Convenient instant noodles in a cup, requiring only hot water to prepare.

Total Demand for Instant Noodles in Countries around the World
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About Ajinomoto Co.
Ajinomoto Co. is a global manufacturer of high-quality seasonings, processed foods, beverages, amino acids, pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals. For many decades Ajinomoto Co. has contributed to food culture and human health through wide-ranging application of amino acid technologies. Today, the company is becoming increasingly involved with solutions for improved food resources, human health and global sustainability. Founded in 1909 and now operating in 26 countries, Ajinomoto Co. had net sales of JPY 1,197.3 billion (USD 15.1 billion) in fiscal 2011. For more about Ajinomoto Co., (TYO: 2802), visit www.ajinomoto.com.

For further information, please contact:
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Public Communications Department; pr_info@ajinomoto.com

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