Institute of Food Sciences and Technologies

Developing the science of delicious food products

Building total food science,
contributing to the well-being of people around the world through tasty and healthy foods

Our Mission

Our aspiration in the Institute of Food Sciences and Technologies remains as it has been throughout the century since the beginnings of the Ajinomoto Group. This aspiration is to contribute to the joy of eating and the enjoyment of good health. The focus of our research is food, since this is essential to life. Our R&D is directed to providing value to customers that is in harmony with their changing lifestyles, by understanding our customers' needs, and applying our distinctive technological strengths. Our foremost goal is to contribute to our message of Eat Well, Live Well around the world.

Our broad range of R&D functions relate closely to all the food, health, and nutrition operations of the entire Ajinomoto Group. We provide the center for R&D for bases around the world in the Group, and as a leader in food science and technology, we work in close collaboration with the Group companies in Japan and overseas. Our perspective is both scientific and global, and we continue to provide distinctive new technologies for food, health, and nutrition, and help in their worldwide implementation.

Work in progress

Development of materials and technologies that create new value-added tasty and healthy foods to help consumers maintain good health

We are engaged in the development of distinctive new materials and technologies for food products. This can be achieved by applying advanced technologies for analyzing the factors controlling the taste and texture of food and identifying the constituents of desirable food products. Our aim is to explore and improve existing materials and obtain new materials for enhancing the taste, flavor, and texture of food. This research extends to testing and verifying these materials as it relates to their application in customer products and in production processes, thus ensuring the delivery of new value-added products to the customer.

Our research into materials for supplements and other health-related products includes verifying their nutritional effectiveness and developing technologies for their processing in the production of food products. Safety is ensured by using the latest separation and analysis technologies to detect trace components in the resulting food products.

Development of materials and technologies that create new value-added tasty and healthy foods to help consumers maintain good health

Development of value-added products and applications, with customer satisfaction as our No. 1 priority

A major focus of our research and development is to use the materials and technologies we develop to provide effective products and solutions for the needs and challenges of customers around the world.

Our work extends from initial research and development, to the industrialization of products ranging from seasoning for use by individual consumers and industrial operations, to health materials and amino acid-based health products. We have therefore constructed the Kitchen Value Chain product evaluation system to ensure customer satisfaction for all products manufactured by the Ajinomoto Group.

In the same spirit, we are engaged in the development of package design technologies for maintaining the stability of delicious food products, providing easy-to-open packaging, and increasing the overall ease of use of our products by the customer, all while maintaining a light environmental footprint.

Development of value-added products and applications, with customer satisfaction as our No. 1 priority

For restaurants, convenience stores, processed food producers, and other businesses, we develop seasonings and enzyme preparations that increase food quality. In this work, we apply the Ajinomoto Group strengths in distinctive new materials and production processes, related expertise, and application technology. To support our customers in overcoming technological challenges, we provide solutions that envision their actual site conditions. This also extends to the development of complete order-made products, and other means for achieving optimum solutions in cooperation with the customer.

Development of value-added products and applications, with customer satisfaction as our No. 1 priority

Global configuration

Creation of value in food around the world based on a global perspective

The Institute of Food Sciences and Technologies is linked to advanced scientific research and information bases in Europe and the U.S. to further heighten the level of our research and development. The Group companies located overseas introduce and market a variety of products that utilize the materials and technologies developed by the Ajinomoto Group. The capabilities of these group companies are strengthened so they can quickly deliver products in full conformance with the needs and preferences of the target countries and markets. To this end, we provide support for their development programs and training activities, and we provide technological support in process development for new plant construction in developing countries.


Global locations of main R&D bases in the food sector

Location

Institute of Food Sciences and Technologies

1-1 Suzuki-cho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture 210-8681 Japan

Nearest train station
Suzukicho Station (0 min on foot),
the second station on the Daishi Line (Keihin Kyuko)
after transferring from Keihin Kyuko Kawasaki Station or JR Kawasaki Station.

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