Ingredion Inc., a global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, has announced the completion of its acquisition of PureCircle Limited, a producer and innovator of plant-based stevia sweeteners and flavors for the food and beverage industry. PureCircle brings global innovation and manufacturing expertise, enabling Ingredion to leverage its global go-to-market model, formulation capabilities, and broad ingredient portfolio.
“This is a significant step forward as we advance our Driving Growth Roadmap and further align our sugar reduction and specialty sweetener platform to the megatrends in the food and beverage industry,” said Jim Zallie, Ingredion’s president and chief executive officer, in a press release. “PureCircle provides substantial growth potential that is aligned with our strategy to create long-term shareholder value. We have always had tremendous respect for the PureCircle team and the business they have built over the last two decades. We are excited to welcome them to the Ingredion family.”
Two leadership team decisions are also being announced to support this integration, effective July 1, 2020. Tony DeLio will serve as chief executive officer of PureCircle in addition to his current responsibilities as the chief innovation officer of Ingredion. SukGu Kim will become the chief financial officer of PureCircle. Most recently, Kim was the finance director for the company’s largest region in Asia-Pacific.
PureCircle is wholly owned by Ingredion’s acquisition subsidiary, which is in turn 75%-owned by Ingredion and 25%-owned by former PureCircle shareholders.