Ingredion has recently announced its 40th anniversary in Thailand. Since 1983, Ingredion Thailand has been committed to excellence and innovation, working in close collaboration with customers to co-create products that meet consumer needs. Over the past 40 years, Ingredion Thailand has become a leading advocate in the food ingredients sector, delivering on its innovation, growth, and sustainability promises.
Ingredion started its journey in Thailand in 1983 by acquiring the Ban Khao Din facility in Rayong. Currently, Ingredion Thailand has 4 manufacturing facilities in Kalasin, Sikhiu, Banglen, and the original Ban Khao Din facility. These facilities, combined with Ingredion’s dedicated team members, make Ingredion Thailand a leading food ingredients solution provider in Thailand with a comprehensive and broad portfolio of products from starches to sweeteners to food systems.
With its massive 800-strong workforce and network of local tapioca farmers, Ingredion Thailand is truly bringing together the potential of people, nature, and technology to make life better.
Strong collaboration with customers
One of Ingredion’s main growth drivers is its strong collaboration and understanding of its customers. Thailand houses one of 32 Ingredion Idea Labs® innovation centers worldwide. Here, experts can collaborate with customers to offer science-based ideas, innovation, and solutions for on-trend and consumer-preferred product innovations.
Rohit Tipnis, Senior Director, Sales and Technical Service, ASEAN said, “This year marks 40 years of customer collaboration where we enable our customers to bring their visions to life, co-creating consumer-preferred products and getting them to market. As partners to our customers, we can offer agile collaboration and deep formulation expertise.”
Ingredion’s deep understanding of consumer needs drives customer innovation and investment in new capabilities. In 2017, Ingredion became the first manufacturer of clean-label functional starches and flours in Thailand to address the growing consumer calls for simpler ingredient lists and cleaner labels by producing NOVATION® functional native starches for clean label food and beverage formulation.
Ingredion Thailand continues to collaborate with the Thai Tapioca Development Institute to support the advancement of specialty tapioca research and development, including the promotion of waxy tapioca, which Ingredion Thailand uses to develop locally sourced consumer-preferred ingredients. Rohit Tipnis added, “We’re excited about the huge potential that lies ahead, and that keeps us working harder to pioneer new developments in food ingredients solutions.”
Advancing sustainability and ESG goals
In the race to offer consumers more sustainable options and meet corporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals, Ingredion Thailand’s dedication to sustainability extends beyond healthy eating and simple labels to responsible sourcing practices.
One of the key driving forces to Ingredion Thailand’s dedication to sustainability is the organization’s goals in our 2030 All Life plan. Sustainability efforts in Ingredion Thailand’s facilities include:
- Achieving zero waste at all manufacturing facilities, contributing to reduced landfill, and reducing absolute GHG emissions.
- Generating renewable energy for its manufacturing facilities through solar panel installations. The first investment will start in November 2023 at the Ban Khao Din facility in Rayong.
As a sustainable agriculture leader, Ingredion is the first company in Thailand to achieve 3rd party verification for sustainable tapioca farming through the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI). Ingredion Thailand sources more than half of our tapioca sustainably, including 100% for waxy tapioca. It is committed to achieving all its tapioca sustainably sourced by 2025.
In conclusion, Raymond Deidrick, Vice President and General Manager ASEAN said, “We are grateful for our amazing 40-year journey in Thailand. As an agricultural powerhouse, Thailand’s key exports in tapioca, rice, and sugar manufacturing make it an important food manufacturing hub. We are proud of our growth, the relationships we have cultivated with our customers, and our contributions to the communities where we operate….We are excited to further invest in cutting-edge technologies to expand our reach and deliver consumer-preferred solutions that shape industries and help customers Be What’s Next.”
US-based Ingredion Inc is a leading global ingredient solutions provider serving customers in more than 120 countries and with a consolidated sales revenue of US$8 billion in 2022.