The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) selected Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc. as the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Black Pearl Award. Sponsored by F&H Food Equipment Company, the Black Pearl Award will be presented at IAFP’s Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.

This honor is given annually to one company for its efforts in advancing food safety and quality through consumer programs, employee relations, educational activities, adherence to standards, and support of the goals and objectives of IAFP.

As a leading manufacturer in the frozen food industry, Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc. is dedicated to contributing to a healthier lifestyle through nutritious and balanced foods. With a commitment to excellence and innovation, all of its products are produced with customers in mind, providing healthy and delicious meals for the entire family. Ajinomoto currently operates nine factories and one corporate office domestically in the U.S. With more than 3,000 employees working with a high standard of food safety and quality, the company serves as a brand leader across all categories of frozen foods.

Ajinomoto products span across the largest categories of ethnic frozen foods, ranging from Mexican to Italian to Asian, across every distribution channel including foodservice, grocery, warehouse club, and custom manufacturing. Brands include Tai Pei, Ling Ling, Ajinomoto, José Olé, Posada, and Fred’s for Starters.

Ajinomoto’s focus is on economic, cultural and educational development of each community where the company does business. As members of local communities, Ajinomoto is encouraged as individuals to participate in social contribution activities. Together, the company can improve the health and wellness of its customers and help create a sustainable environment so everyone can continue to “Eat Well and Live Well.”