Ajinomoto Group Nutrient Profiling System (ANPS)

In April 2020, the Ajinomoto Group became the first Japanese company to introduce a system for evaluating food nutrient content, the Ajinomoto Group Nutrient Profiling System for Products (ANPS-P). The ANPS-P is a tool for collecting and analyzing data on the nutrient content of our current and future products to identify nutrition gaps and improvements. We are using this tool to evaluate approximately 500 products from nine of our group companies in seven countries including Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Brazil.

The ANPS-P is based on the scoring method of the Health Star Rating System, a NPS used mainly in Australia and New Zealand. In those countries, heath claims on the products with 3.5 or more HSR star rating are allowed1). This system assesses the nutritional value of products based on the quantity of each nutrient that should not be consumed in excess (calories, added sugars, sodium and saturated fats) and the quantity of each nutrient and food group that tend to be underrepresented in diets and for which intake is recommended (proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and dietary fiber).

The introduction of ANPS-P enables a better understanding of nutritional issues by using a common standard to assess the nutritional value of products. We will continue to revise our products and provide those with high nutritional value that make it easy to reduce salt and consume protein, among other benefits, thereby helping to improve consumer health.

Going forward, we will develop and introduce a NPS for meals that uses Ajinomoto Group products with the aim of providing total support for a nutritionally balanced diet.

1) Dunford, E.K. et al. Evaluation of Alignment between the Health Claims Nutrient Profiling Scoring Criterion (NPSC) and the Health Star Rating (HSR) Nutrient Profiling Models. Nutrients. 2018, 10(8): 1065. doi10.3390/nu10081065.