Ajinomoto Group introduces nutrient profiling system to its products

JAPAN – Tokyo-based seasonings major, Ajinomoto has announced that it will be rolling out its nutrition improvement activities globally following the introduction on April 1, 2020 of the Ajinomoto Group Nutrient Profiling System for Products (ANPS-P). The ANPS-P is a system which the company developed as a method of scientifically assessing the nutritional value of products such as powdered soups and frozen foods. Ajinomoto said that the Nutrient Profiling System will cover approximately 500 products at nine Ajinomoto Group companies in seven countries including Japan, Thailand, Asia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines,…

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Ajinomoto forms JV with Accenture to accelerate operational transformation

JAPAN – Tokyo-based seasonings major, Ajinomoto has reached an agreement to form a joint venture with Accenture in Japan, to help the food and biotech company accelerate its operational transformation. The new company, Ajinomoto Digital Business Partners will be 67% owned by Ajinomoto and 33% by Accenture. Starting in April 2020, the firm will run the operations of Ajinomoto’s corporate divisions, which include human resources, office management and procurement. Ajinomoto maintains that transforming its corporate and other business functions will require using digital and other innovative technologies beyond its existing…

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Ajinomoto to acquire majority stake in US liquid seasonings producer MTG

USA – Japan based seasonings producer, Ajinomoto Group has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire a 50.1 percent equity stake in US-based French sauces and stocks producer More Than Gourmet Holdings (MTG). The agreement is facilitated in a strategic partnership through Ajinomoto Co.’s consolidated subsidiary Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America (AHN). The transaction, which is expected to close by the end of August 2019, is part of the company’s strategy to expand Ajinomoto’s Integrated Food Solutions business in North America. Ajinomoto plans to maintain MTG’s current management structure…

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Ajinomoto to invest US$84.9m in relocating Malaysian subsidiary

MALAYSIA – Japanese headquartered seasoning major, Ajinomoto will be investing US$84.9 million (MYR355 million) in relocating its Ajinomoto Malaysia Berhad (AMB) subsidiary to a new site in Bandar Enstek, Malaysia. Construction works for the new facility is set to begin October this year while the plant is scheduled to start operations in April 2022. The investment will enable the company to strengthen the development of halal products and produce a range of seasoning as well as products for processed food manufacturers. The new plant will produce umami seasoning AJI-NO-MOTO®, flavor…

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Nigeria’s seasonings producer expands safety campaign on the use of Ajinomoto

NIGERIA – The West African Seasoning Company Limited (WASCO), the Nigerian subsidiary of Japan based Ajinomoto Co. Inc, says it has extended the Ajinomoto safety awareness campaign to the South-Eastern part of the country. The company, which manufactures Ajinomoto seasoning brand, says that the campaign seeks to shore up consumer confidence on the quality of the food seasoning, also known as Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) amid the growing safety concerns. AJI-NO-MOTO, the trade name for the company’s original monosodium glutamate product, was the first MSG seasoning produced since 1909. According to…

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Tyson to sell Circle Foods to Japanese food and chemical corporation, Ajinomoto

USA – Tyson Foods has reached a deal to sell Circle Foods, its specialty food products arm in the US to Ajinomoto Co., Inc is a Japanese food and chemical corporation which produces seasonings, cooking oils, TV dinners, sweeteners, amino acids, and pharmaceuticals. Tyson Foods acquired Circle Foods LLC, a manufacturer of frozen and refrigerated handheld Mexican foods from Claridge Inc. in 2013. “Tyson Foods has entered an agreement with Ajinomoto Windsor to sell our Circle Foods operations. We anticipate this transaction to be completed this spring, and are working…

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