Ajinomoto, the Japan-based seasonings and ready meals firm, has announced plans to construct a new plant to manufacture soup and other products at its Kawasaki site at a cost of 20 billion JPY ($180 million).
The company said the new plant was part of a strategy that includes the restructuring of the value chain of its Japan Food Products business, and will achieve flexible production capabilities and high productivity (about double current levels) through the use of ICT, automation and other leading-edge technologies. On completion, the Kawasaki Knorr Foods operation will also be moved into the new plant.
Ajinomoto said it was aiming for further growth in the soup business, and would increase production to accommodate this growth.
In addition to the new Kawasaki factory, Ajinomoto’s restructuring of its manufacturing operations includes building a new plant on the premises of its existing Tokai site that will conduct integrated manufacturing and packaging of seasonings and other products.