The explosion of interest in plant-based products has challenged the food industry to develop more savory alternatives comparable to animal products. For decades, monosodium glutamate (MSG) has been used to enhance the flavor of many products including canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. However, due to anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requires it to be listed on product labels. Consequently, use of MSG in foods has plummeted.

In response to the need for an MSG alternative, Amano developed Umamizyme™ Pulse, a natural enzyme that not only creates a savory, meatier taste in plant-based foods, but also enables food manufacturers to provide a vegan-friendly product.