Ajinomoto's Biocycle System – Minimizing Waste Through Recycling-Based Production

We strive to:
  • Reduce adverse impacts on the global environment and local ecosystems.
  • Use recycling-oriented production methods.
  • Make the most of our natural resources.

As a responsible global company, Ajinomoto is committed to contributing to environmental and social sustainability. We endeavor to continuously improve our business operations to keep them in harmony with the global environment.

Amino acids are produced through the fermentation of raw materials such as sugarcane. To reduce environmental impact, Ajinomoto has established biocycle systems that return byproducts generated during the production process to the field of agriculture. As a result, 97% of byproducts generated during amino acid fermentation are recovered as useful resources.

How it works:

Production process byproducts account for approximately 70% of the nitrogen fertilizer required for the sugarcane fields. This self-sustaining recycling drastically reduces CO2 emissions from the chemical fertilization of more sugarcane.


*The model assumes that the 500,000 tons of Ajinomoto flavoring produced yearly by Ajinomoto in various locations across the world are produced from sugarcanes. Figures related to sugarcane cultivation and sugar manufacturing reflect globally representative amounts, while the resources invested and discharged in the Ajinomoto production process are based on actual figures from the Ajinomoto Group in 2002.