Ham Tae-ho, founder of food maker Ottogi, passes away at 86

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Ham Tae-ho, founder of food maker Ottogi, passes away at 86

Ham Tae-ho, founder and honorary president of Korea’s leading food manufacturing company, Ottogi, passed away Monday evening at age 86 due to chronic illness.

Ham started the family business in 1969 under the name Punglim and later changed it to Ottogi in 1996.

His son Ham Young-joon, the current chairman of the food company, took over the family business in 2010.

Ottogi has contributed immensely to Korea’s food industry for the past 47 years. It was the first domestic company to introduce curry to Koreans in 1969.

The localized version of the curry, which came in powder form, became an instant hit among Koreans.

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