Frozen rice plant expandsThis article was originally published in Foodnews
AJINOMOTO Frozen Foods is investing USD12.5 million to expand its frozen foods plant in Portland, Oregon. The investment has been prompted by strong demand for the company's fried rice products. Ajinomoto's core product is frozen fried rice, but it also produces potstickers, chow mein and yakisoba products, which it sells to major retailers such as Costco, Sam's Club, Trader Joe's, speciality Asian markets and traditional supermarkets. The company's sales have grown to USD50 million last year from about USD15 million a year in 2004 and are expected to increase to USD60 million this year.