Shaping the Future of Food and Health: Ajinomoto Global President and CEO Fujie Taro visits Manila, Philippines

(L-R) Hironori Aoki, Director for Sales, Marketing and Public Relations of Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC), Taro Fujie, President and CEO of Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Koichi Ozaki, President of APC and Ernie Carlos, Chief Sustainability Officer of APC.

April 29, 2024, Quezon City—Ajinomoto Co., Inc. together with the whole Ajinomoto Group  continues to stride towards a healthier and sustainable future with concrete plans leading up to 2030, aimed to champion the improvement of environmental health and human wellness. The global company aims to address critical food and health issues, while enhancing customer value and achieving a healthy lifestyle, promoting a longer life expectancy rate of one billion people around the world.

A testament to Ajinomoto’s commitment to contributing to a healthier future for all, is the leadership by example of its President and CEO, Mr. Taro Fujie, who visited the Philippines, in Quezon City, where a media forum was held. During the dialogue, Mr. Taro shared an overview of the  Ajinomoto Group Medium-Term ASV management and 2030 Strategic Roadmap.

During Mr. Fujie Taro’s speech, he reiterated Ajinomoto’s core purpose, which is to be able to contribute to the well-being of all human beings, our society and our planet with “AminoScience”. With this, Ajinomoto aims to reduce our environmental impact by 50% in turn, regenerate our environment, and help extend the life expectancy of one billion people through better health and life. True to Ajinomoto’s corporate slogan, Eat Well, Live Well, Mr. Fujie Taro shares that the company has been relentless in living up to its ways, with creating new value, championing the pioneer spirit, engaging in social contribution,  which all ultimately values people, not just their customers. All these efforts are rooted all the way back from the company’s founding, where Ajinomoto promotes management that co-creates social value and economic value through its business, which they coined as ASV or the Ajinomoto Group Creating Shared Value.

“2030 is closer than we all think it is, but it is my great honor to share with you, that we, in the whole of Ajinomoto Group, will remain as enthusiastic as we are now, to achieve what needs to be achieved for the betterment of our society, and all of us in this world, and that we share every milestone with you, as our companions in this journey,” says Mr. Fujie Taro, Ajinomoto Co., Inc. President and CEO.

Mr. Fujie Taro has also set the expectations that the Ajinomoto Group has for Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC), which he is confident that APC will do everything in its capabilities to achieve. APC is expected to keep contributing to resolving social issues for the well-being of the Filipinos, the society, and the planet through initiatives led by the ASV, while being able to diversify its business steadily progressing from seasonings to frozen foods, supplements, and more in the future.

“It is my pleasure, and a great honor, to meet you all today, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation. I am indeed certain that you will continue to cultivate an environment where employees remain diverse, highly motivated, and engaged, as you are our essential and greatest intangible assets.” ends Mr. Taro Fujie.

Earlier during the day, Mr. Fujie Taro and Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte engaged in an exchange where outlooks focused on sustainability and community development through co-creating a greener tomorrow, through the Saricycle Program of APC. Mr. Fujie Taro was also able to engage in a first-hand experience as he visited one of the participating sari-sari stores in Feria Road Old Balara, Quezon City.

The road to a more sustainable tomorrow is paved by innovative strategies and collaborations. Just recently, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation partnered with different stakeholders, including the Local Government of Quezon City and Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies (BEST), for the SariCycle Program. The program is a flagship plastic collection drive of APC Group that is focused on sari-sari stores and market stalls which incentives them to collect Single Use Plastics (SUPs) or Flexible Plastics from their customers which the store owner can exchange for Environmental Points (EPs) that is good as cash for participating merchants. APC also partnered with ACEN Res, allowing APC’s Bulacan factory to run on 100% renewable energy, with the goal of lessening its environmental footprint.

Mr. Taro Fujie was the president of Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation from 2011 til 2015. And after almost 10 years, he has made his way back to the Philippines, now as Ajinomoto Co., Inc.’s President and CEO. He has expressed his gratitude towards the APC Group, and most especially, the Filipino community who have long been supporters of the Ajinomoto brand. Truly, with the heart to serve the community in ways by managing the Ajinomoto business, and co-creating a better future for all, Ajinomoto remains optimistic that in the near future, all our combined efforts will surely be enjoyed by the generations to come, whose mindsets have been instilled with the same responsibility of taking part in nurturing our environment while living a healthy life.


The Ajinomoto Group is a global company with specialties in the business of food and amino acids, guided by our leading-edge bioscience and fine chemical technologies.

Based on the corporate message “Eat Well, Live Well.”, we have been scientifically pursuing the possibilities of amino acids in supporting the healthy lives of people all around the world. We aim for future growth and continuous contribution to greater wellness by creating value through sustainable and innovative solutions for communities and society.

The Ajinomoto Group has offices in 36 countries and regions, and sells products in more than 130 countries and regions. In fiscal 2021, sales were 1.1149 trillion yen (8.73 billion U.S. dollars). To learn more, visit