Ajinomoto Co., Inc. has completed construction of a new plant that will carry out integrated manufacturing and packaging of soups (Knorr Cup Soup, Knorr Soup DELI, etc.) at the Kawasaki Plant of Ajinomoto Food Manufacturing Co. Ltd. on the premises of the Kawasaki Administration & Coordination Office. This is in accordance with the details announced in the press release "Ajinomoto Group to Restructure Seasonings and Processed Foods Production System in Japan," dated September 29, 2017. Total investment was approximately JPY 20 billion. Following the start of packaging operations in April 2021, the plant will implement integrated manufacturing and packaging at all packaging lines as of October. Ajinomoto Co. has set out a vision of becoming a solution-providing group of companies for food and health issues. To achieve this vision, are reorganizing the production system at Japan Food Products business. As part of this effort, Ajinomoto Food Manufacturing Co. Ltd., a new company responsible for the production of seasonings and processed foods in Japan, was launched in April 2019. Structural reforms to gradually consolidate plants in Japan are underway. Ajinomoto Co. has produced soups and other products in three buildings on the premises of the Takatsu Plant, which opened in 1962, but the buildings are deteriorating and there is no longer room to expand. Therefore, the new plant erected on the premises of the Kawasaki Plant serves to consolidate the bases and to integrate the manufacturing and packaging of soups. By introducing advanced ICT and automation technologies, the new plant aims to double current levels of labor productivity during fiscal 2022 to achieve world-class productivity. To adapt to the changing needs of customers and society, have designed flexible production processes that switch seamlessly between product categories. The introduction of energy-saving technologies will lessen the environmental impact. also intend to enhance the plant tours with interactive content to boost direct communication.