History

A rich legacy. A dazzling future.

For more than a century, Ingredion Incorporated has been providing ingredient solutions and innovations to the world. Over the course of 100 years, Ingredion has remained dedicated to its customers by fulfilling their growing and changing needs. Take a look at some highlights of our history and how we have grown into the company we are today.

 

1900-1909

Corn Products, 1906
Refining plant in Bedford Park, Illinois.

Early 1900s: National Starch is acquired by Corn Products Refining Company.

1906: The Corn Products Refining Company is created through the merger of the leading corn refiners in the United States. Corn Products expands into Europe.

1908: ARGO laundry starch is introduced. Construction begins on Argo corn refining plant in Bedford Park, Illinois. It remains the Company’s largest facility.

 

1910-1919

Man placing hand in lion's mouth.
Our first universal safety program.

1910: National advertising of KARO syrup begins.

1911: MAZOLA is used as a trademark for refined corn oil for the first time.

1919: Corn Products acquires Canada Starch Company (now known as Casco, Canada’s leading corn refiner). The company declares its first-ever stock dividend.

 

1920-1929

Corn Products receives patent for crystalline dextrose.

1920: Corn Products sells National Starch.

1923: Corn Products receives patent for crystalline dextrose. CERELOSE® is first used as trademark for pure dextrose in the United States.

1928-1930: Corn Products establishes refining operations in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

1928: BOSCO is used as a trademark for chocolate flavored malt syrup for the first time.

 

1930-1939

Corn Products expands.

1930: Corn Products expands into Asia, Korea and Japan.

1933: Corn Products establishes corn refining operations in Colombia, where it is the country’s number-one corn wet miller in terms of grind capacity.

1938: KARO is used as a trademark for waffle syrup in the U.S. for the first time.

 

1940-1949

The George M. Moffett Research Laboratories.

1940s: The Company provides greater services for both military and civilian uses. Most notably, its products appear in penicillin.

1947: NIAGRA cold water laundry starch is introduced.

1948: The Company opens the George M. Moffett Research Laboratories.

 

1950-1959

Starch products
Starch products.

1955: Corn Products creates cationic starch, which is still widely used in the paper-making industry.

1958: Corn Products Refining Company merges with The Best Foods, Inc., to become Corn Products Company. The Company establishes operations in Uruguay.

 

1960-1969

CPC International
International expansion.

1961: Corn Products expands to Chile.

1962: The largest corn refining business in Pakistan joins Corn Products.

1967: Corn Products begins production of high fructose corn syrup at its Argo plant. The Company expands to Malaysia.

1969: Corn Products Company changes its name to CPC International Inc.

 

1970-1979

In the lab.
High fructose corn syrup production.

1973: Kenyan operations begin; Corn Products is the only corn wet miller in East and Central Africa.

1974: Corn Products extends reach into Ecuador and further into South America.

1976: Corn Products begins production of INVERTOSE® high fructose corn syrup at the Argo plant.

 

1980-1989

Man at the control panel.
Refining operations.

1981: The Company constructs three new North American corn refining plants in Stockton, California; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Port Colborne, Ontario.

1984: Canada Starch Company joins with a London, Ontario corn refiner to become Casco. Today, Casco is Canada’s only in-country corn refiner.

1987: The Company sells its European corn refining operations to focus on those markets with the greatest growth potential.

 

1990-1999

Corn Products International - logo
Corn Products International spins off from CPC International.

1994 - 1996: The Company rebuilds its Colombia plant and establishes a joint venture with Mexico’s largest corn refiner, Arancia.

1997: CPC establishes operations in Thailand and increases its presence in Brazil.

1998: Corn Products International spins off from CPC International and acquires majority interest in Arancia in Mexico.

1999: Corn Products expands into South Korea.

 

2000-2011

Testing lab.
Developing new facilities and acquisitions.

2000: The Company acquires the largest corn refiner in Argentina.

2001: The Company increases ownership of the South Korean business.

2002: Corn Products opens a new facility in Thailand - the largest tapioca processing facility in the world.

2003: The Company increases its ownership to 100% in its Southern Cone of South America business.

2004: The Company enters into a joint venture in China, establishing Corn Products’ first manufacturing presence there. Corn Products launches the FARMAL® brand of cosmetic and personal care ingredients and acquires U.S.-based functional food ingredient manufacturer, GTC Nutrition.

2005: The Company becomes the sole owner of its South Korean business and renames it Corn Products Korea.

2006: Corn Products celebrates its centennial anniversary of business incorporation and launches EXPANDEX® modified tapioca starch. The Company opens the only short-chain fructooligosaccharides manufacturing channel in North America.

2007: Corn Products acquires two sugarless sweetener makers: Brazilian Getec Guanabara Quirnica Industrial S.A. and the food business of U.S.-based SPI Polyols.

2008: The Company increases net sales 16 percent to a record $3.94 billion. Stevia based ENLITEN® brand of high-intensity, low-calorie sweeteners is launched and Corn Products is named one of America’s Most Admired Companies for the fourth consecutive year as ranked by Fortune Magazine.

2009: Corn Products establishes a record fifth ranking as one of America’s Best Managed Companies from Forbes Magazine.

2010: Corn Products International acquires National Starch.

 

2012-Present

Ingredion
Our new name.

Corn Products changes its name to Ingredion to better reflect the company’s position as a leading ingredient supplier to a range of industries.