Event sponsor: Lotte
Lotte Corporation (Korean: 롯데 그룹 lotte geurup) is a South Korean multinational conglomerate. Lotte began its history on June 28, 1948, by Korean businessman Shin Kyuk-ho in Tokyo. Shin expanded Lotte to his ancestral country, South Korea, with the establishment of Lotte Confectionery in Seoul on April 3, 1967. Lotte eventually grew to become South Korea's fifth largest business conglomerate.
Lotte Corporation consists of over 90 business units employing 60,000 people engaged in such diverse industries as candy manufacturing, beverages, hotels, fast food, retail, financial services, industrial chemicals, electronics, IT, construction, publishing, and entertainment. Lotte runs additional businesses in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, United States, United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Russia, Philippines, Myanmar, Pakistan and Poland (Lotte bought Poland's largest candy company Wedel from Kraft Foods in June 2010), Australia and New Zealand (Lotte successfully bought 4 duty free stores in Australia and 1 in New Zealand from JR/Group in 2019). Today, Lotte is the largest confectionery manufacturer in South Korea.