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Ajinomoto commits to optimal nutrition, safety


Management of West African Seasoning Company Limited (WASCO) Ajinomoto during a courtesy visit to his Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife at his palace

*Expands operations in South West as Ooni of Ife pledges support
Makers of Ajinomoto has reiterated commitment to optimal nutrition and safety of its products marketed in Nigeria and is expanding its business operations in food products in the South West geo-political zone.

Ajinomoto umami seasoning is manufactured by West African Seasoning Company Limited, which is an affiliate of the global food giant, Ajinomoto group.

The Japanese company which aims to be a top-ten global food company by 2020, said the expansion would enable it provide the most delicious and wholesome foods to the people in the area.

Managing Director of the company, Mr. Niki Junichi, disclosed this in Oshogbo recently when the management of the company paid a courtesy visit to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, as part of the management’s ongoing effort to reposition Ajinomoto in the country.

Junichi noted that the company is committed to creating more value for the society, adding that Ajinomoto has been in existence for over 100 years.


According to him, Ajinomoto Umami seasoning has been safely used as food ingredient since 1909.

“We are providing high-quality, safe, and reliable products to our customers. We want them to eat well and live well. Our expansion no doubt, will have a positive impact on the lives of the people. Our plans for increased investment will also bring about employment opportunities in the country.

“At present our products are sold in over 130 countries and regions, and we have plans to both expand to new markets and further broaden our product lineups,” he said.

The company’s Technical Director and Head, Research and Development, Mr. Kenichi Kobayashi, urged Nigerians to disregard misconceptions about Ajinomoto, assuring them that the product had been thoroughly tested with various scientific studies confirming its safety.

In his response, Oba Ogunwusi commended the management of West African Seasoning Company Limited, for the company’s laudable contributions to Nigeria’s economy over the years.

The Ooni pledged his support for the relaunch of Ajinomoto seasoning product in the South West, while urging the management to key into the various rich cultural festivals in Yoruba land to reach its target audience.

“We will give you the necessary support that you need. You have started well by coming to the kingdom of Ife where everybody in the southern part of the country came from.

“At some point, Ajinomoto was a popular product, but so many of your competitors came and worked on how to blacklist that strong brand in southern Nigeria.

“But I am happy you are not giving up. Nobody will work on de marketing you here. Whatever we can do to support you, we will do but you also on your part, do not lack on your Corporate Social Responsibility”, the monarch said.

Oba Ogunwusi added: “I thank you for your consistency in Nigeria and for your strategic marketing re-engineering for you to have decided to come so that you can relaunch your product in the southern part of the country.”

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