Our History

With a collective heritage spanning over 250 years in the United States, Ajinomoto Foods North America continue to serve as a leader in the specialty frozen foods industry.

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The Ajinomoto Co. was in 1909 founded by Japanese professor Dr. Kikunae Ikeda and businessman Mr. Saburosuke Suzuki II with a vision to improve the overall health and nutrition of the Japanese people. They created the Ajinomoto Group to begin marketing Umami through the product AJI-NO-MOTO®.

Since 1909, The Ajinomoto Co. has expanded globally to over 30 countries and areas around the world, employing over 30,000 employees.

Ajinomoto Foods North America is one of the many affiliates that continue to carry the history and aspirations of our founding fathers. Ajinomoto Foods North America continues to share the passion for improving the nutrition and health of our customers through great tasting food.

1909

Dr. Kikunae Ikeda and Mr. Saburosuke Suzuki II launch the company in Japan on May 20

1917

The Ajinomoto Co. opens the New York purchasing and sales office

1951

The Los Angeles sales office is reopened

1956

Ajinomoto USA Inc. established

1970

HONDASHI® launches

1986

Heartland Lysine Plant begins operations in Eddyville, Iowa

1993

Ajinomoto USA Plant begins operations in Iowa

2000

Ajinomoto Frozen Foods USA Inc. (AFU) established

2011

Ajinomoto North America, Inc. (AJINA) established

2014

Ajinomoto North America, Inc. (AJINA) acquires Windsor Quality Holdings, LP, a US company that manufactures and sells frozen food (November)

2018

Ajinomoto Windsor changes its name to Ajinomoto Foods North America,. Inc.

awards & recognition

Featured Awards

2017

North Mississippi Industrial Development Association – Industry of the Year

2016

Industrial Pretreatment Award from The City of Portland, Oregon

2015

International Business Achievement Award from the Japan-American Society of Oregon
  • North Mississippi Industrial Development Association – Industry of the Year
  • Industrial Pretreatment Award Winners (The City of Portland, Oregon)
  • Industrial Pretreatment Award Winners (The City of Portland, Oregon)
  • Japan-America Society of Oregon International Business Achievement Award
  • Chamber’s Choice Award (Carthage, MO)
  • Reinhard – Supplier of the Year for Food Safety and Quality Assurance
  • EveryDay with Rachel Ray Magazine – Best Mini Egg Roll (Tai Pei Mini Spicy Chicken Egg Rolls)
  • Quality Excellence Award
  • Private Label Manufacturers Association Asian Category Award
  • Federated Foods Marketing/Education award
  • Private Label Buyer Category Colonel Gold (5) Awards
  • Sysco Heritage Supplier Diversity Award
  • Progressive Grocer Editors’ Picks – Tai Pei Asian Garden Single-Serve Entrees
  • Progressive Grocer Editors’ Picks – José Olé Chicken & Cheese Nacho Bites
  • Private Label Manufacturers Association “Salute to Excellence” Award for Product Development
  • Landor Associates Breaking Away Brands Recognition for José Olé
  • Progressive Grocer’s Editors Pick for Innovation – José Olé Nacho Bites and Tai Pei Asian Garden Entrees
  • Sysco San Francisco Frozen/Refrigerated Vendor of the Year
  • Sysco Bronze Vendor of the Year in for Frozen/Convenience
  • Sysco Silver Heritage Award
  • Jacmar Diamond Award Nominee
  • US Foods Los Angeles Frozen Supplier of The Year
  • Star Award for Quality
  • Private Label Buyer Gold (2) and Silver (3) Category Colonel Awards
  • Sysco Los Angeles Frozen Vendor of the Year Nominee
  • Sysco Top 100
  • VIP Foods Hawaii Vendor of the Year
  • Star Award for Quality
  • Private Label Buyer Gold Category Colonel Award
  • Sysco Central Frozen Vendor of the Year
  • Sysco Los Angeles Frozen Vendor of the Year Nominee
  • Sysco Top 100
  • City of Portland and the Oregon Consular Corps 2010 International Business Award
  • Supplier of the Year Award for Sysco San Francisco
  • Frozen Supplier of the Year Award for Sysco Los Angeles
  • Frozen Supplier of the Year Award for VIP Foods Hawaii
  • Darden Supplier of the Year
  • Meijer Frozen Vendor of the Year
  • Sysco Top 100
  • US Foods Frozen Vendor of the Year
  • Sysco’s 2009 Heritage Award
  • Bronze Level in Sysco’s 2009 Top 100 Award List
  • 2009 Star Award from Pizza Hut for innovation
  • US Foods Vendor of the Year Award
  • Refrigerated & Frozen Foods – Logistics Leadership Award
  • Frozen Food Age Category Leadership Award – Best of Class: Frozen Mexican, José Olé
  • Women’s Enterprise 4th Largest Women-Owned Company in the U.S.
  • Windsor Foods Takes #26 Spot in Sysco’s 2008 Top 100 Award List
  • Sysco 2008 Heritage Award – Silver
  • Private Label Buyer 2008 Category Colonel Award – Excellence in Private Label
  • Partnership Programs
  • US Foodservice Milwaukee Supplier of the year
  • Frozen Food Age Category Leadership Award – Best of Class (Frozen Mexican, José Olé)
  • Refrigerated & Frozen Foods – Retailer Category Colonel Award – Excellence in Branded Partnership Programs (Frozen Mexican, José Olé)
  • Darden Restaurants, Inc. – Supplier of the Year
  • Windsor Foods Takes #20 Spot in Sysco’s 2007 Top 100 Award List
  • Private Label Buyer 2007 Category Colonel Award – Excellence in Private Label Partnership Programs
  • Frozen Food Age Category Leadership Award – Best of Class (Frozen Mexican, José Olé)
  • Topco – Frozen Vendor of the Year
  • Refrigerated & Frozen Foods – Retailer Processor of the Year
  • Windsor Foods Takes #13 Spot in Sysco’s 2006 Top 100 Award List
  • Melting Pot – Vendor of the Year
  • Private Label Buyer 2006 Category Colonel Award – Excellence in Private Label Partnership Programs
  • Darden Restaurants, Inc. – Supplier of the Year
  • Windsor Foods Takes #12 Spot in Sysco’s 2005 Top 100 Award List
  • Gordon’s Food Service – VIP Foods Partner Award
  • Private Label Buyer 2005 Category Colonel Award – Excellence in Private Label Partnership Programs
  • HEB – Vendor of the Year
  • Darden Restaurants, Inc. – Supplier of the Year
  • Gordon’s Food Service – VIP Foods Partner Award
  • Gordon’s Food Service – VIP Foods Partner Award