Ting Hsin International Group

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Ting Hsin International Group
Native name 頂新國際集團
Industry Food
Founded Yongjing, Changhua, Taiwan (1958 (1958))
Founders Wei Hede
Headquarters Taipei, Taiwan
Area served Greater China
Key people Wei Ing-Chou, Wei Yingjiao, Wei Ying-chung, Wei Yingxing
Website www.tinghsin.com/tw/default.aspx
Ting Hsin International Group
Traditional Chinese 頂新國際集團
Simplified Chinese 顶新国际集团

Ting Hsin International Group is a Taiwanese-owned company based in Tianjin, China. It was founded in 1996.[1] It is China's biggest instant noodle maker. It owns the Kang Shi Fu brand also known as Master Kong[2] or Ting Yi through its subsidiary Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corporation (康師傅控股有限公司).[3][4]

In July 2009, it became the largest private shareholder in Taipei Financial Center Corporation, which owns Taipei 101.[5][6]

In August 2014, Ting Hsin acquired China Network Systems, a cable provider, from MBK Partners, Limited.[7]

Food Scandals and Boycott[edit]

In November 2013, Wei Ying-chung (魏應充), former chairman of three subsidiaries of Ting Hsin International Group, was indicted on charges of fraud as part of an investigation into the 2013 Taiwan food scandal. Wei Ying-chung is the third of four Wei brothers controlling the Ting Hsin group.[8][9]

On 9 October 2014, prosecutors launched an investigation into the 2014 Taiwan food scandal alleging a unit of Ting Hsin International Group over sale of tainted cooking oil. Prosecutor Tsai Li-yi said Ting Hsin unit Cheng-I Food Co. (正義股份有限公司) is being investigated over allegedly mixing animal feed oil with cooking oil and then selling it for human consumption.[10]

After the revelations, the Taiwan public boycotted Ting Hsin items, with a number of local governments, restaurants, traditional markets and schools refusing to consume the conglomerate's products.[11] On 16 October 2014, Ting Hsin announced that it will leave Taiwan's oil market and donate NT$3 billion toward food safety under the supervision of Ruentex Financial Group (潤泰集團) Chairman Samuel Yin (尹衍樑).[12]

The Changhua District Court granted a request to detain Wei Ying-chung on 17 October.[13] On October 21, prosecutors said according to Ting Shin's Vietnamese oil supplier Dai Hanh Phuc, the majority of animal feed-grade oil imported by Ting Shin may be used in the China market.[14] In response, consumers in China called for a united boycott against Ting Hsin products.[15]

In November 2014, Ting Hsin's products were tested for Agent Orange since a unnamed source told authorities that the oil Ting Hsin imported from Vietnam may contain traces of the herbicidal weapon.[16]

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External Links[edit]

Ting Hsin official website in English