Ingredion Incorporated
FormerlyCorn Products International (1906-2012)
S&P 400 Component
Animal Feed
Health & Wellness
Founded1906; 115 years ago (1906)
HeadquartersWestchester, Illinois, United States
Key people
James Zallie
(President and CEO)
Jim Gray
Corn Syrups
RevenueIncrease US$ 5.84 billion (2017)
Increase US$ 703 million (2017)
Increase US$ 454 million (2017)
Total assetsIncrease US$ 5.73 billion (2017)
Total equityIncrease US$ $2.41 billion (2017)[2]
Number of employees
12,000[3][4] (2017)
Footnotes / references

Ingredion Incorporated is an American multinational ingredient provider based in Westchester, Illinois producing mainly starch, modified starches and starch sugars as glucose syrup and high fructose syrup.[3]

The company turns corn, tapioca, potatoes, and other vegetables and fruits into ingredients for the food, beverage, brewing, and pharmaceutical industries and numerous industrial sectors.[6] It has more than 11,000 employees around the world in 44 locations, and customers in more than 60 markets in over 40 countries.[2]


The company, which began as Corn Products Refining Co. and later as "CPC," was founded by the merger of leading US corn refiners in 1906.[7] The company was incorporated in New Jersey.[8] It supplied the raw materials for Argo cornstarch and Mazola corn oil.[9]

In 1981, CPC formed a partnership with Texaco to produce bioethanol at a plant in Pekin, Illinois.[10] In 1995, the plant was sold to Williams Companies and, in 2003, continued as Aventine Renewable Energy.[11] The company has a facility in nearby Mapleton, Illinois, along U.S. Route 24, which is part of an industrial area, a major area employer.[12]

CPC acquired starch factories in Europe from 1919 until 1987 when they were sold for $600 million to the Italian French sugar manufacture Eridania Béghin-Say owned by Ferruzzi and renamed Cerestar.[7][13] Cerestar is sold in 2002 to Cargill for $1.14 billion having a turnover of $1.56 billion in 2000.[14]

The Bestfoods division of the company known for brands Maizena, Knorr, Hellmann's / Best Foods mayonnaise and Skippy Peanut Butter existed as a division from 1958 until 1997 when the company split into 2 companies: Bestfoods, a packaged-foods company, and Corn Products International, a starch and sweeteners company.[15] Bestfoods was acquired for $24.3 billion in 2000 by Unilever.[16]

In October 2010, CPI acquired starch part of National Starch from Dutch paints firm AkzoNobel for $1.3 billion in cash.[17] It also took on pension and employee benefit liabilities.[18][19] National Starch had a turn-over of $1.2 billion in 2009 with 2250 employees operating 11 plants in 8 countries.[20] AkzoNobel had acquired division National starch after the take-over of chemical company ICI in 2008. National Starch was from 1978 till 1997 part of specialty chemical businesses of Unilever before it was sold to ICI.[21] National Starch was founded in 1895 as an adhesive company and expanded in 1939 into the starch production with the acquisition of Piel Brothers Starch Co.[22]

As of 2012, Ingredion has moved up to become a Fortune 500 company [23][24] and was renamed Ingredion.[25]

Recent acquisitions:

In 2018 Ingredion began a joint venture with Verdient Foods to increase its investment in plant-based proteins,[34] and also began manufacturing and producing Astraea Allulose.[35]

In 2019, Ingredion led the series B venture capital raising for Clara Foods, a company developing an animal(chicken)-free egg white protein based on fermentation.[36]

In 2020 Ingredion began marketing Canadian company NorQuin's quinoa products.[37] It also invested $200 million into plant-based meat substitutes.[38] Ingredion also began development on a plant-based protein manufacturing plant in South Sioux City, Nebraska.[39] In 2020, Ingredion also acquired Verdient Foods.[40] Then in 2021, the company acquired Katech.[41]

From 2009 to 2017 the president and CEO of the company was Ilene S. Gordon. Upon her retirement, James Zallie was named to the position of president and CEO.[42] The combined company employs approximately 11,000 people in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific [43] and operates 44 manufacturing facilities in 14 countries.


The company was named the “World's Most Ethical Company” in 2014 by the Ethisphere Institute.[44] Ingredion has also been listed as one of Fortune magazine's “most admired companies”.[45]


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