Ajinomoto GroupAJINOMOTO GROUP Worldwide


Vision Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc. contributes to significant advances in Nutrition and Health, creating a better life for all. Mission To provide a level of Service, Solution, Value and Growth which exceed the expectations of customers, shareholders and other stakeholders. To provide food solutions and technologies which deliver taste, texture, flavor, safety and ensure successful consumer brands. To accelerate the utilization of Amino Acids by Leveraging our Amino Acid knowledge creating value for our customers, employees and company.

Business Overview

At Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc., we focus on the nutrition and health of our customers. Founded in Japan in 1909, Ajinomoto is a global leader in the research, development, manufacture and sale of amino acid-based products for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, sports nutrition, health and beauty industries as well as food ingredients and consumer food products. As Ajinomoto's North American subsidiary, we're backed by the global network of Ajinomoto Group companies. By leveraging an international research, manufacturing, supply and distribution system, we're able to bring the highest-grade of amino acid products and highest-quality food ingredient solutions to consumers in the US and around the world. Based in Itasca, Illinois, Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc., has offices and manufacturing facilities in North Carolina, Illinois and Iowa.

The Ajinomoto Group Way

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Create value with new ideas and continuous innovation based on unique technologies and science.

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Pioneer Spirit

Continue to constantly take on the challenge of creating new businesses and markets.

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Social Contribution

Accommodate social requirements with humility and honesty, with the objective of maximizing value for society through business activities.

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Value People

Respect the humanity of all the people involved in the Ajinomoto Group's businesses, and be an organization in which they can grow and display their abilities to the fullest extent.

Our History

The Ajinomoto story began in 1908 when Dr. Kikunae Ikeda discovered that the amino acid L-glutamate is the source of umami – the savory flavor found in many foods. This discovery led to the founding of Ajinomoto Co. Our company is built on the knowledge that this amino acid is key to the human body’s ability to recognize nutritious foods by taste. Delicious is actually a signal for nutritious.

After that first discovery of the connections between amino acids, taste and nutrition, Ajinomoto Co. quickly established itself as a household food brand in Japan and a reliable source of nutrition. Through a focus on research and product development and a dedication to human health, Ajinomoto Co. is now a global science-oriented supplier and marketer of foods, food ingredients, amino acids, fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and animal nutrition.

Ajinomoto Co Inc. New York Office opened.

Ajinomoto U.S.A. established

Ajinomoto U.S.A. opens its Raleigh, NC plant

Heartland Lysine established

Heartland Lysine’s Eddyville, Iowa, plant begins operations

Ajinomoto U.S.A.’s Eddyville, Iowa, plant begins operations

Ajinomoto Frozen Foods U.S.A. established

Heartland Lysine, Inc. becomes Ajinomoto Heartland

Ajinomoto Mexico established

Ajinomoto U.S.A. changes its name to Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc.

Ajinomoto Heartland, LLC becomes Ajinomoto Heartland

Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services is established by acquiring Althea

Ajinomoto Foods is established by acquiring Windsor Quality Holdings

Ajinomoto North America, Inc. moves headquarters to Itasca, IL

Ajinomoto Co. Inc. announce new global logo change for all affiliates

Ajinomoto North America, Inc. changes name to "Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc."

North American Affiliates

Ajinomoto Group companies operate more than 100 manufacturing facilities and supporting offices globally. In the North American Division, Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc. is joined by four other affiliate companies.


Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc.

Ajinomoto Foods was proudly established in 2015 after Windsor Foods became a member of the Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc.,…

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Bio-Pharma Services

Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services, Inc.

Based in San Diego, California, Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services is contract development and manufacturing organization that specializes in cGMP manufacturing,…

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Animal Nutrition

Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition North America, Inc.

Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition is a global leader in feed-grade amino acid manufacturing with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois and manufacturing…

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