Ajinomoto Group History

Kikunae Ikeda

1907

Dr. Kikunae Ikeda, a chemist, started to develop UMAMI taste from Konbu seaweed.

Mr. Saburosuke Suzuki II established Suzuki Seiyakusho Co.

Patent for manufacturing seasoning (monosodium glutamate) Registered trademark of Lady & AJI-NO-MOTO

1908

Dr. Ikeda acquired patents for manufacturing seasoning (monosodium glutamate).

Mr. Suzuki acquired a joint share of the above-mentioned patent with Dr. Ikeda.

The Japanese Interior Ministry certified AJI-NO-MOTO as harmless in terms of health and safety.

Registered trademark of Lady & AJI-NO-MOTO.

Started production AJI-NO-MOTO in Zushi factory.

Head office of Ajinomoto Honpo AJI-NO-MOTO, as of launched

1909

AJI-NO-MOTO won a bronze medal at the first Japanese Invention Exhibition.

Launched AJI-NO-MOTO in Japan on 20th May 1909.

1910

Adopted sole agent in Taiwan and launched AJI-NO-MOTO.

Adopted sole agent in Korea and launched AJI-NO-MOTO.

1912

Started to sell wheat starch (to spinning companies).

Shintaro Kodama

1913

Dr. Kodama, pupil of Dr. Ikeda, discovered that Inosinate is the source of UMAMI taste in dried bonito.

Kawasaki factory

1914

Established Kawasaki factory.

Adopted sole agent in China.

1917

Established Oh-shima factory in Tokyo (closed in 1919).

Established S. Suzuki & Co. Ltd. (the present Ajinomoto Co., Inc.).

Established Hamanaka factory in Hokkaido (closed in 1921).

Opened New York purchasing and sales office (closed in 1941).

1918

Opened Shanghai sales office (closed in 1945).

1920

Established S. Suzuki & Co., Ltd. in New York.

Makeshift head office opened after the Great Kanto Earthquake

1923

Extended the patent term for manufacturing seasoning (monosodium glutamate) for 6 years.

The Great Kanto Earthquake destroyed Head office and Kawasaki factory.

1926

Established The Larrowe Suzuki Company in the U.S. (dissolved in 1936).

1927

Opened Singapore sales office (closed in 1938).

Opened Hong Kong sales office (closed in 1937).

1928

Established Showa Hiryo Co. Inc. (the present Showa Denko K.K. ).

1929

Opened Taipei sales office (closed in 1945).

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