Ajinomoto produce tryptophan amino acid in US

Ajinomoto to produce tryptophan amino acid in US

10:24 AM, 2nd February 2016
Ajinomoto to produce tryptophan amino acid in US

TOKYO, JAPAN: Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition Group Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ajinomoto Co Inc said that it will begin production of feed grade Tryptophan in North America in addition to its existing operations in Europe.

With the addition of this product line the Ajinomoto group will stabilize profits in the animal nutrition business by strengthening the flexibility of its production system, which can switch product lines in response to changes in market prices.

In the feed-use amino acid market in North America, demand for Tryptophan has been expanding rapidly over the past five years. This is due in part to changes in the type of raw materials for natural feed, including the promotion of use of corn-based dried distiller’s grains with soluble (DDGS), a byproduct of bioethanol. In addition, with the success of the Ajinomoto’s proactive activities to create demand, steady market expansion is expected to continue.

To begin production of feed grade Tryptophan with a strong competitive advantage at a small investment, the company will introduce new production technology that further enhances its resource-saving fermentation technologies, which enable production with reduced fuel and raw materials, while sharing facilities with other existing product lines.

The group will continue to expand specialty businesses and strengthen competitiveness of commodity businesses as a medium-term strategy for animal nutrition business, it said.

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