Ajinomoto Retains Its Top Spot in the Global Food Industry

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Ajinomoto leading in the global food seasoning's market and research and development for food technology and patents.


Ajinomoto Retains its Top Spot in the Global Food Industry

People have come to know Ajinomoto with the Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) seasoning, which is added in most of the food we have today. The company was established back in Japan, in the year 1909, with the discovery of glutamate salt from seaweed broth. From then on, it has expanded into operating in 25 countries, with net sales of reaching $14.2 billion in the fiscal year of 2010. Over the years, the pursuit of the group has spread the application of amino acid technologies in improving food culture and human health. Nevertheless, the company is not just famous for producing its MSG products.

Ajinomoto also makes itself visible to the market with its food, beverage, and tobacco segments by creating technologies and offering patents for innovation and development in the said segments. In fact, they have been hailed at the number one spot for technology, even in research and development (R&D), based on the 13-week survey from the first week of August conducted by New Jersey-based The Patent Board. The said ranking is based on six categories, such as the technology strength of the company, the number of patents granted, science strength or the indication of how much science is used to create patent portfolios, industry impact, research intensity, and innovation cycle time.

Out of these six items mentioned, Ajinomoto was able to lead against 31 companies, including Kraft, Coca-Cola, and Nestlé when it comes to patents granted, science strength, and technology strength. As of March 31, 2011, the MSG-innovating group holds about 4,400 patents globally where 80% of which are granted as foreign patents. This indicates the push of the company in creating a perfect environment for reaching and expanding business in the global market, which in turn enables it to lead even in local sectors. This data impacts consumers in way a where they will get to taste healthier and more delicious food, plus getting drinks that not only quenches thirst, but provide health benefits also. With the unending pursuit of research and development, Ajinomoto keeps itself active in applying science to the products it will later produce for global market interests.


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