Ingredion furthers ingredients strategy with rice starch, flour purchase

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Ingredion plans to acquire the rice starch and rice flour business of Sun Flour Industry Co., Ltd.

WESTCHESTER, ILL. — Ingredion Inc. said it will acquire the rice starch and rice flour business of Sun Flour Industry Co., Ltd., based in Banglen, Thailand. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition supports Ingredion’s global strategy to increase its higher-value specialty ingredients business and has been approved by the company's board of directors. It is subject to approval by Thai government authorities as well as to other customary closing conditions.

Jorgen Kokke, Ingredion
Jorgen Kokke, Ingredion senior vice-president and president, Asia Pacific and EMEA

“Rice is an on-trend ingredient,” said Jorgen Kokke, Ingredion senior vice-president and president, Asia Pacific and EMEA. “It is non-G.M.O., hypoallergenic and gluten-free. Plus, its superior functionality makes it ideal for a variety of uses, including baby foods, dairy products, snacks and gluten-free bakery. This acquisition enhances our global supply chain and leverages other capital investments we’ve made in Thailand to grow our specialty ingredients and service customers around the world.”

Sutipong Sitapradit, founder and president of Sun Flour Industries, said, “Sun Flour Industries has been an integral part of Thailand’s agricultural history, and is renowned for its quality. Ingredion’s global presence is a growth opportunity for the rice business. It provides career opportunities for the employees and helps position Thailand as a production and export base for value-added, rice-based food ingredients.”

Once the acquisition is complete, Ingredion will have four manufacturing facilities and 870 employees in Thailand, including the 120 employees joining the company from Sun Flour. 
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