Ingredion Signs Definitive Agreement to Divest Business in South Korea
WESTCHESTER, Ill., Nov. 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to the food and beverage industry, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to divest its business in South Korea to an affiliate of the Sajo Group, a leading food company headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2024, subject to regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
“As we look forward in our business transformation, we will take actions to sharpen our customer focus and pursue global growth opportunities,” said Jim Zallie, Ingredion’s president and chief executive officer. “We believe this transaction is an example of putting our strategy into action to unlock value and redeploy assets in pursuit of our growth roadmap to create value for shareholders.”
Citi is acting as financial advisor and Kim & Chang as legal advisor to Ingredion.
Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR) headquartered in the suburbs of Chicago, is a leading global ingredient solutions provider serving customers in more than 120 countries. With 2022 annual net sales of nearly $8 billion, the Company turns grains, fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based materials into value-added ingredient solutions for the food, beverage, animal nutrition, brewing and industrial markets. With Ingredion Idea Labs® innovation centers around the world and approximately 12,000 employees, the Company co-creates with customers and fulfills its purpose of bringing the potential of people, nature, and technology together to make life better. Visit ingredion.com for more information and the latest Company news.
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