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Penford Corporation to acquire Gum Technology Corp.

Penford Corp., which deals in ingredient systems for food and industrial applications, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Gum Technology, a privately held gum and hydrocolloids distribution, blending and services company. Gum Technology, based in Tucson, Ariz., serves primarily the food and beverage industries.

"Gum Technology's product line and reputation for outstanding customer service will broaden Penford's portfolio of functional and specialty ingredient systems for existing customers and open new segments to the company," said Tom Malkoski, Penford CEO. "We see opportunities in food and industrial bio-products for high value, specialized products from the combination of our product lines and customer relationships."

Gum Technology markets a range of gums and other hydrocolloids throughout North America and Asia. The company specializes in developing and producing customized stabilizers to meet customers' product formulation needs. Gum Technology's products are found in a wide variety of food products including beverages, sauces, bakery, frozen foods, jams and fruit fillings, spice blends, dairy applications and nutraceuticals.

"We are pleased to join Penford and anticipate exciting opportunities to combine our companies' expertise in product lines and broad geographic reach," said Allen Freed, CEO of Gum Technology. "With Penford's resources and product knowledge, we can immediately begin advancing Gum Tech's GumPleteâ„¢ line of gum-starch blends."

The acquisition is expected to close in late March 2014, subject to certain conditions. It is expected to be accretive within the first year with significant growth occurring in subsequent years.

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