• Delivering umami and kokumi solutions for over 55 years
  • Umami education is our focus
  • Provide real food ingredients supporting clean label development initiatives
  • Natural products made from umami-rich grains, seafood, vegetables and mushrooms
  • Product options include gluten-free, allergen-free, vegan, vegetarian, kosher, organic and non-BE
  • High quality ingredients offering a variety of taste experiences


  • Nikken Foods, founded in 1964, headquartered in Japan and the USA, has grown and invested worldwide. We develop products and solutions that exceed the needs of the food industry. Our ingredients bring great taste to all types of cuisine.
  • Global operations and ingredient sourcing
  • Multiple contingency options for each manufacturing site
  • Full traceability through a centralized management system


  • Known for excellent service and creativity.
  • Responsive customer service team.
  • Orders shipped promptly after Confirmation.
  • Creative and knowledgeable sales team, ready to address all of your needs.


Nikken Foods, the company engaged in food production, believes that our responsibility is to protect and sustain the global environment. Not only receiving the blessings of nature, as an environmentally-conscious company, all employees participate in our environmental improvement activities

  • We, to minimize the adverse environmental impact caused by our business activities, promote the use of sustainable resources by establishing the energy consumption management system and enhancing the recycling activities. We also work for the prevention of environmental pollution and the environmental conservation to protect the ecosystem.
  • We comply with all laws, regulations, and any requirements specified in the agreements related to the environment.
  • We establish specific objectives and action plans for environmental conservation, implement and review those activities thoroughly to ensure continuous improvements.
  • We conduct companywide trainings to ensure all onsite employees understand this policy. We make it available to the public upon request

To learn more, please visit https://www.nikkenfoods.co.jp/en/about/environment.html


Nikken ingredients are made from extracts, concentrated substances that are created by extracting part of a raw material. First, Nikken uses a combination of traditional Japanese methods and advanced technologies (specifically, hot water extractions or fermentation) to obtain natural extracts, resulting in ingredients that range from delicate to intense. Next, the extracts are concentrated into a slurry. Finally, the slurry is spray-dried or vacuum-dried into a powdered product.

Nikken natural ingredients have received accolades from chefs and food technologists around the globe for their ability to bring out a characteristic umami flavor. Rich and complex, Nikken ingredients are manufactured under a strict Quality Management System, based on ISO 9000 and ISO 22000. In addition, Nikken employs the Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) system


At Nikken, we place utmost importance on employing a comprehensive Quality Management System to ensure our food ingredients are safe and high-quality. The system is based on ISO 9001:2000, an internationally recognized family of strict quality management standards.