The Ajinomoto Group is a global food company with a mission to contribute to the well-being of people around the world through delicious and healthy foods, and to better lives for the future. Using cutting-edge bioscience and fermentation technologies, the Ajinomoto Group is a leader in the research and application of amino acids.
Where To Buy MSG
MSG is sold under the brand name Ac’cent® in the United States, as well as AJI-NO-MOTO®, and can be purchased in the spice aisle of most major supermarkets, Asian grocery stores, and online.
Ajinomoto Group By The Numbers
In 35 countries and around the world, employees of the Ajinomoto Group develop the business with the local culture in mind.
The Kawasaki Plant, which is the earliest manufacturing facility, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. Our 22 plants around the world deliver products that respond to Ajinomoto’s mission to improve livelihoods globally.
AJI-NO-MOTO® (MSG) was first exported in 1910, the year after the company’s founding, and the New York office was established in 1917. The number of countries and areas selling Ajinomoto Group products now exceeds 130.
The number of R&D workers of the Ajinomoto Group, which was approximately 100 in 1956, has increased to approximately 1,700 with the growth of the business and considering the company’s continued emphasis on innovation and technology.
Umami was first identified by Tokyo scientist Dr. Kikunae Ikeda in
while enjoying a bowl of traditional Japanese seaweed broth called konbu dashi. He noticed the dashi’s savory taste was distinct from the four basic tastes of sweet, sour, bitter, and salty, so he called it “umami,” which means “essence of deliciousness” in Japanese.
After days of studying varied seaweed, he found that the taste of umami could be attributed to glutamate, a naturally-occurring amino acid which is also present in the human body and myriad foods such as tomatoes, mushrooms, aged cheeses, cured meats, onions and seafood.
To bring this umami taste to everyone in a convenient and affordable way, Dr. Ikeda combined naturally occurring glutamate with one-part sodium, resulting in monosodium glutamate (MSG). By 1909, MSG was patented and commercialized as AJI-NO-MOTO®, to become the world’s first umami seasoning.