February 27, 2007


Ajinomoto to increase its L-Arginine prices



Ajinomoto Aminoscience LLC ("Ajinomoto") will increase its L-Arginine products by US$1 per kilogramme due to increasing raw material and energy costs at its production facilities.


Ajinomoto uses fermentation technology to manufacture most of the amino acids it sells. This technology produces very pure, high quality amino acids of non-animal origin. Other manufacturers may use an extraction process which often utilizes starting material from animal origin, although less expensive, the resulting products are often of lesser quality.


The raw material Ajinomoto most frequently uses in its production of L-Arginine is corn starch. Corn prices have more than doubled in the last six months due to greater conversion to fuel ethanol.