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A passion for life drives us forward. By unlocking the power of amino acids, Ajinomoto Group contributes to greater wellness for people worldwide. Explore our untold stories of becoming a solution-providing group of companies for food and health issues.

Spilling the beans on umami—a traditional Nigerian seasoning gets a commercial makeover

Umami Hunter in Nigeria (short ver.)Beans are a staple of many cuisines worldwide. This humble legume is also one of the longest-cultivated plants in the ...

We Can Make It—Peruvian video proclaims solidarity in crisis

Peru locked down early in response to the COVID pandemic. President Martín Vizcarra declared a national state of emergency on March 15, 2020, earning his ...

Unlocking amino acids’ potential: passion and a bit of luck

Some scientific discoveries happen by accident—think penicillin. In 1928 biologist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from holiday to find mold growing in a petri ...

Watching Recipes For Gutamate Amino Acid

Making daily homemade meals special: just add a little umami

Meals out can give the family cook a welcome break. At times when the family can’t visit that favorite restaurant, the person in charge of ...

Sprinting a marathon: the pioneering technology behind today’s computer brains

Your smart phone packs the functions of a camera, AV player, game console and more into a device that slips into your pocket. Whether you’re ...

What Are Amino Acids Made Of

It’s not off, it’s fermented—microorganisms can preserve foods

All female mammals produce milk to nurture their young. Humans are unique in that some of us continue to consume milk as adults. Drinking milk, ...

Not all black or white: global thirst for coffee encourages sustainable farming

How do you like your coffee? Once, the answer might have been “black” or “with milk and sugar.” Today, things are less straightforward. And, when ...

Busting nutrition myths: Tia Rains built her career correcting misconceptions around food

Are red wine and dark chocolate good or bad? What about eggs and butter? Nutrition fads come and go, making it hard to sort out ...

From manga to manger: gyoza take France by storm

What leaps to mind when you think of France? Fine wine and perfume? Paris’s iconic fashion houses? Or maybe those endless varieties of cheese? Chances ...

Eating habits start young: getting kids out of the classroom, onto the farm and into the kitchen

You probably remember hearing your parents say at the dinner table, “Eat your broccoli, it’s good for you!” Parents in Japan may say, “Eat your ...

Amino Acids Benefits With Healthy Meal

How to eat for success: program for athletes benefits everyone

“I won’t be able to jump if I put on weight.” For years, this false belief caused one top female figure skater to severely restrict ...

Japan’s daily cuppa: forest management fuels coffee industry

Worldwide, Japanese green tea is more popular than ever as a beverage and food flavoring. But while Japan might seem a nation of tea drinkers, ...

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