Ajinomoto USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ajinomoto Company (Japan), originally started its business in the United States in 1956. In keeping with its growth and diversification, three limited liability companies were formed in the state of Delaware on April 2003 to improve operations. These companies include Ajinomoto Food Ingredients, Ajinomoto Amino Science and Ajinomoto Heartland. Its business areas include food ingredients, amino acids, frozen and retail foods, animal nutrition, specialty chemicals, sweeteners for the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, nutritional, enteric diet and food industries. The company also has a full line of amino acid products and a comprehensive range of services, which includes technical support, custom pulverization, custom blending and a secured distribution warehouse.