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WASCO launches the UMAMI Concept in Nigeria

On the 13th day of June 2012, WASCO in partnership with Umami Infornation Centre, Tokyo played host to Nigerian opinion Leaders on a seminar enlightenment at the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja with the theme ‘Ogiri, Daddawa, Iru & its rich Umami taste: The heart of our African Food taste and Cuisine’.

The objective of this seminar held at the Obudu Grill Restaurant of Sheraton Abuja Hotel is to promote the Umami concept as the Fifth basic taste and to provide a wider understanding of the rich Umami taste. Here are four key summary points to note

  • AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning has a unique taste called UMAMI.
  • Umami is the fifth basic taste. It is a universal taste along with sweet, bitter, sour and salty.
  • Umami is a savory taste enriched by AJI-NO-MOTO® monosodium glutamate. It is a taste that abounds in cuisines all over the world.
  • Glutamate (Umami substance) is present in most natural foods such as meat, tomatoes, seafood, vegetables, cheese and milk.

Resource persons at the event includes: Dr. John Prescott (Taste Matters Reasearch & Consulting Expert), Dr. Kumiko Ninomiya (Director, Non-Profit Organisation, Umami Information Centre, Tokyo), Dr. Eyassu Abegaz (Head Dept. of Food Science & Technology, Botswana College of Agriculture, Botswana), Prof. Abiodun Sanni (Microbiology Dept. University of Ibadan) and Prof. Rosemary Isu (Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Abuja).

It is no wonder then that the participants after experiencing the taste of the Aji-no-moto Umami Seasoning in the meals served during the presentation and cooking demonstration commended and congratulated the Ajinomoto Group for discovering the Umami taste as well their efforts at enlightening the general public.

The seminar had in attendance professionals and women opinion leaders like National Council of Women Societies, National Association for Women Entrepreneurs, Home Economics Teachers Association, National Center for Women Development, Market leaders, top government officials in charge of food safety and regulation, (NAFDAC, SON, MAN, AFBTE, CPC), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, media, amongst other groups.

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