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Founder and honorary chairman of food giant Daesang dies at 91

All News 17:03 April 06, 2016

SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) -- Lim Dae-hong, founder and honorary chairman of leading food company Daesang Group, has died at the age of 91, group officials said Wednesday.

Lim died in a Seoul hospital at 8:57 p.m. Tuesday, according to the officials.

The deceased had wished for a quiet, family funeral, they added, as the reason for the late report of his death.

The cause of death has been attributed to old age.

Born in Jeongeup, North Jeolla Province in 1920, Lim is said to have first introduced artificial flavor enhancer, or MSG, to South Korea after personally going over to Japan to learn about the related technology in the 1950s.

In 1956, Lim founded the predecessor of what is now Daesang Group and began producing Miwon, the country's first flavor enhancer that continues to enjoy widespread popularity and sales at home and abroad.

He is said to have continued his search for better, traditional food seasoning even after entrusting his firm to his son Chang-wook in 1987, but nearly disappeared from the public eye shortly after his wife died in early 2005.

Lim is survived by two sons and a daughter.

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