History

The chronicle of the Ajinomoto Group

The Ajinomoto Group's report features the birth of AJI-NO-MOTO® umami seasoning and other major events in the company's subsequent 100-year of history.

Understanding the telephone situation in the 1960s from an old company newsletter

Umami seasoning AJI-NO-MOTO® was launched in 1909. How did Ajinomoto Co., Inc. promote the use of this product which had never existed before? This issue introduces the advertising efforts made by Saburosuke Suzuki II and others who expanded AJI-NO-MOTO®’s usage by committing to doing what no one had done before.

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Advertising graffiti at the dawn of AJI-NO-MOTO®

Umami seasoning AJI-NO-MOTO® was launched in 1909. How did Ajinomoto Co., Inc. promote the use of this product which had never existed before? This issue introduces the advertising efforts made by Saburosuke Suzuki II and others who expanded AJI-NO-MOTO®’s usage by committing to doing what no one had done before.

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The story of "The Ajinomoto Group Takanawa Training Center"

The Center in Tokyo was built on approximately 3,300 m² of land in December 2004. Many members of the Ajinomoto Group access The Center, with "The Ajinomoto Foundation for Dietary Culture" and "The Ajinomoto Corporate Museum" also built on the same premises.

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AGF fully joins the Ajinomoto Group. AGF offers "a cup with value."

Ajinomoto General Foods, Inc. (AGF) was established on August 1, 1973 as a 50/50 joint venture between Ajinomoto Co., Inc. and General Foods Corporation (GFC; currently Mondelēz International, Inc.) of the United States. Ajinomoto Co. became the sole distributor of AGF products.

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The test production of umami seasoning AJI-NO-MOTO® at Azabu-Juban

Did you know that during the company’s founding period, there was once a plant that test produced AJI-NO-MOTO® in Tokyo’s popular and fashionable district of Azabu-Juban?

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Naka Suzuki, the remarkable mother and the driving force of the Ajinomoto Group behind the scenes.

Naka Suzuki is the mother of Saburosuke Suzuki II, the founder of the Ajinomoto Group. Preceded in death by her husband, Saburosuke Suzuki I, Naka, at just 29 years old, was left to raise her three young children by herself.

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Docudrama Commemorating the Centennial of the Discovery of Umami AMBITION

The docudrama in which Dr. Kikunae Ikeda who was a chemist (professor at Tokyo Imperial University's Department of Science) described the discovery of the "Umami" material.

Ajinomoto Group History