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Taste Improvement Solutions

Ajinomoto has long been a leader in the arena of taste improvement. We provide a wide variety of products that enhance the flavor profiles in both the sweet and savory categories. Get the results you need without sacrificing flavor.

SAUCES &
SEASONINGS

READY MEALS /
ENTREES

SIDES

DRESSINGS/
CONDIMENTS

SNACKS

HISTORY IN FLAVOR


Our taste improvement products have deep roots. It began over 100 years ago when Dr. Ikeda first identified the role of glutamate in delivering taste and the subsequent development of MSG.


Since then, we’ve conducted continuous research in the science of delivering excellent taste, including being instrumental in validating umami as the 5th basic taste, along with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.

EXPERTISE & INNOVATION


Since the discovery of umami, we have conducted research on other taste and flavor mechanisms to expand our portfolio of options. Our passion for research and innovation has made us experts in understanding what is needed to create a successful product.


Ajinomoto has also been instrumental in understanding the concept of kokumi and developing products that deliver the richness and complexity of kokumi to our customers’ finished products.

Prepared for any project.

Partner with our experts to find the right ingredients to meet your specific needs. Our R&D team has the lab resources necessary to provide solutions for a wide variety of projects.

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CATEGORYBENEFITS
YEASTS &
YEAST EXTRACTS
These products have minimal label impact and can lower sodium, increase beefy, meat-like and roasted notes while enhancing umami and kokumi flavor.
STOCKS
& CONCENTRATES
Slow simmered with pure ingredients and with attention to quality, these products deliver bold flavors while also being shelf stable.
ROASTED
SESAME OIL
Made from 100% virgin oil, our sesame oil is aromatic, delivers a richly complex flavor, and can be used in a variety of applications like entrees, snacks, and salad dressings.
TAMARI
SOY SAUCE
The original soy sauce made with 100% soy and no wheat, this gluten-free authentic Japanese sauce tastes richer, and more complex than regular soy sauce. Add it to soups, gravies, sauces and casseroles for full, multidimensional, well-balanced flavor.
MONOSODIUM
GLUTAMATE
MSG, the world’s first umami seasoning, delivers pure umami taste. It can also reduce the need for salt, lowering sodium up to 40% in savory applications.
AMINO
ACIDS
Food grade amino acids can enhance sweet, bitter, or umami tastes.
NON-SODIUM
GLUTAMATES
These glutamates enhance mouthfeel and umami tastes to create a fuller, more enjoyable and expanded flavor profile while lowering sodium.
NUCLEOTIDESNucleotides are versatile, easy to use, and deliver intense umami taste. These benefits are enhanced when used in conjunction with glutamates.
CORN
POWDER
This product delivers a fresh ‘just picked’ sweet corn flavor and provides a beautiful, bright yellow color.
MIRINA product of fermentation, mirin is an excellent umami taste enhancer while also masking off-flavors common in seafood & meat.
SHIO-KOJILiquid Shio Koji offers naturally occurring tenderizing qualities to meats and fish all while bringing out the umami flavor of the application.