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Ajinomoto to invest 2bn yen (US$26m) in Brazil seasoning plant expansion

By Elaine Watson, 24-Jan-2012

Related topics: Flavors and colors, Meat, fish and savory ingredients, Suppliers

Japanese ingredients giant Ajinomoto has begun construction work on a 2bn yen (US$26m) expansion of its flavor seasoning plant in Brazil.

The project, announced by the firm’s Brazilian subsidiary Ajinomoto do Brasil, comes hot on the heels of the firm’s investment in a new instant noodle plant in north east Brazil.

Brazil is a key market for Ajinomoto, second only to Asia, said the firm, which said its Tempero Sazón flavor seasonings retail brand has grown from strength to strength since its launch in 1988, with sales volumes growing on average 7% a year from fiscal 2007 to 2010.

Growing its overseas consumer foods business is a key part of its 2011-2013 business plan, said the company, which is best known for making the sweetener aspartame.

Flavor seasonings are blends of spices, salt, sugar, umami seasonings and other ingredients with extracts of meat, fish or vegetables for use in soups, stir-fried dishes and pre-seasoning.