The origin of "Ajinomoto" business began with the discovery of “Umami taste”
by Prof.Dr.Kikunae Ikeda of Tokyo University. From his curiousity in savory taste in Japanese broth made from Kombu seaweed, unveiled that “glutamate”, a kind of amino acids, is the source of savory taste. The discovery entailed the establishment of Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Japan, the first umami seasoning company in Japan, under the brand name “AJI-NO-MOTO®”, founded by Mr.Saburosuke Suzuki II in 1909.
51 years later, the first “AJI-NO-MOTO®” factory outside Japan was established in Thailand in Phra Pradaeng District, Samut Prakan Province, operated by Ajinomoto Co., (Thailand) Ltd., officially registered on April 29, 1960. Nearly a century the company has gone through immense diversification with the establishment of Ajinomoto Group of Companies in Thailand with 7,000 staff approximately, manufacturing various products and services such as seasonings, instant noodles, processed foods, frozen foods, beverages, protein supplement in animal feed, packaging materials, and etc.