2015 news releases

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  • Cargill donates 30,000 pounds of turkey to Arkansas food banks

    18 Nov 2015

    Just in time for Thanksgiving, Cargill is doing its part to help families in Northwest and West Central Arkansas by providing 15,000 pounds each to the Northwest Arkansas (NWA) Food Bank and the River Valley Regional Food Bank.

  • Cargill surpasses 10 million hours without a lost time accident at Friona, Texas beef plant

    17 Nov 2015

    The process of producing a hearty steak is more complex than many may think. At Cargill’s beef processing facilities across the nation, producing cuts of meat requires many intricate steps, in the hands of an army of employees who work with surgical precision. For the more than 2,000 people who work at Cargill’s Friona, Texas, beef processing plant, this production choreography takes place five days-a-week, two shifts daily, resulting in nearly 1.6 billion pounds of nutritious, wholesome, flavorful beef annually for consumers to enjoy throughout the U.S. and abroad. The everyday duties performed by this “beef army” require training, skill focus and the understanding of the importance of the work they do to feed people. Many of the tasks at Friona involve the handling and cutting of large beef carcasses into smaller pieces by operating a variety of machinery, and using sharp, powerful tools and handheld knives, requiring safety at the plant to be a top priority.

  • No growth-promoting antibiotics used in Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms turkey products for 2015 holiday season

    12 Nov 2015

    The Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms turkey brands are in a giving mood this holiday season, with the gift of turkey raised without antibiotics used for growth promotion purposes. All fresh and frozen products currently produced under these two brands will meet the company’s promise made in early July 2014. These are the first turkey brands to achieve such status on a large scale in the U.S., which was made possible by the 700 independent family farms that raise their turkeys. The farming program without growth promoting antibiotics is certified as a USDA Process Verified Program and underscores the promise made to customers and consumers for Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms turkey products.*

  • thr-thumb-70x70-kr-feedmill Cargill officially opens company’s largest feed mill in Pyeongtaek

    10 Nov 2015

    Opening of Agri Purina feed mill plant in Pyeongtaek reaffirms Cargill's investment in the country and signals its continued commitment to sustainable growth of Korea’s feed and livestock industry.

  • Cargill to modernize, centralize its North American Cocoa and Chocolate business

    29 Oct 2015

    In early 2016, Cargill will continue to take steps to improve and expand its chocolate, compound and chocolate liquor production offerings and services for North American food and beverage companies.

  • Cargill to sell stake in steel mini-mill joint venture to BlueScope

    25 Oct 2015

    Cargill has reached an agreement to sell its interest in North Star BlueScope Steel LLC (NSBS) to BlueScope Steel (BlueScope). Through the transaction BlueScope will pay $720 million in cash for Cargill’s equity stake in NSBS and will assume $40 million of NSBS net debt.

  • Enabling sustainable growth through innovation: Cargill at Food Ingredients Europe 2015

    15 Oct 2015

    Sustainable growth through innovation will be the cornerstone of Cargill’s presence at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE), the international food and beverage ingredients trade show taking place in Paris Nord Villepinte, France.

  • New AccuBrine® blend truck loading & blending system from Cargill Deicing Technology helps take brine makers to next level

    13 Oct 2015

    As recent winters have continued to deliver cold temperatures and an increase in snowfall rates throughout much of the country, it is clear that winter maintenance professionals are in need of more than just road salt to keep the roads safe. That’s why Cargill Deicing Technology has created the AccuBrine® blend truck loading & blending system to create custom liquid blends to tackle any winter weather situation.

  • Cargill Deicing Technology releases the next generation of fully-automated brine makers

    13 Oct 2015

    With the initial release of the AccuBrine® automated brine maker, Cargill Deicing Technology demonstrated the valuable time and money to be saved with a fully-automated system. Today there are more options of brine makers available than ever before and as customers’ needs grow, so has one of the most recognized names in the winter maintenance industry.

  • Cargill brings together industry leaders in Asia to encourage dialogue about sustainability in the global food system

    12 Oct 2015

    By 2050, there will be 5 billion people in Asia and the Pacific. As the region’s economies advance and people become more affluent, diets change and consumers become more sophisticated and concerned about what they put on their plate. This places increasing pressure on the food industry to ensure that this generation has access to safe, nutritious and affordable food without compromising the needs of future generations. As an industry leader, Cargill believes that companies have a fundamental responsibility to address the social and environmental impact of doing business.

  • Cargill spawns new era in aquaculture with completion of EWOS transaction

    07 Oct 2015

    Cargill is ushering in a new era in meeting the world’s demand for protein with the completion of its acquisition of EWOS, a global leader in salmon nutrition, for 1.35 billion euros. In August, Cargill entered into an agreement with Altor Fund III and Bain Capital Europe III to acquire EWOS. The deal closed today after meeting all necessary country regulatory approvals.

  • Cargill is now a Category 2 Member of the London Metal Exchange

    07 Oct 2015

    Cargill is now recognized as a Category 2 member with the London Metal Exchange (LME). The company applied for membership as part of its business expansion in risk management, offering hedging strategies and solutions in base metals derivatives.

  • thr-thumb-70x70-cargill-logo Cargill reports first-quarter fiscal 2016 earnings

    07 Oct 2015

    Cargill today reported financial results for the fiscal 2016 first quarter ended Aug. 31, 2015.

  • Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement has potential to create more prosperous, food-secure world

    05 Oct 2015

    The conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in Atlanta take the world a step closer to becoming more prosperous and more food-secure.

  • UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen J. Hemsley elected to Cargill Board of Directors

    01 Oct 2015

    Stephen J. Hemsley, chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Group, has been elected to the Cargill Board of Directors.

  • thr-thumb-70x70-eversweet-dairy Zero calories, great tasting: Cargill introduces new EverSweet™ next-generation, stevia sweetener

    01 Oct 2015

    Food and beverage companies are looking for sweetener options to satisfy consumer health without sacrificing great taste. Cargill’s answer to this: EverSweet™ next-generation zero calorie sweetener.

  • Cargill helps turkey farmers give back to their communities

    30 Sep 2015

    Cargill is kicking off this season of giving with a new Taking Care of Communities initiative for the independent farm families that raise its turkeys across the United States. The company’s Wichita-based turkey and cooked meats business is distributing “Giving Cards” – gift cards preloaded with $250 each, totaling more than $100,000 – to contract turkey farmers who will donate the cards to any charities of their choice in their respective communities. These farmers raise turkeys for Cargill’s Shady Brook Farms® and Honeysuckle White® brands.

  • Cargill to invest $111 million to convert Columbus, Neb., plant; relocate ground beef production to Wisconsin, Texas

    24 Sep 2015

    Cargill is investing $111 million to convert its ground beef plant at Columbus, Neb., to a cooked meats facility and relocate ground beef production currently taking place there. The converted plant will give the company capabilities it currently does not possess to produce specific types of cooked meat products for its customers. The conversion will begin in early December 2015, with cooked meat production scheduled to start in mid-2016. Ground beef production currently taking place at Columbus will be relocated to existing processing facilities at Butler, Wis., and Forth Worth, Texas.

  • new forest policy Cargill marks anniversary of no-deforestation pledge with new forest policy

    17 Sep 2015

    Cargill took the next step forward in meeting its commitment to do its part to end deforestation by 2030 in a new Policy on Forests released today.

  • Cargill to introduce SonoSteam technology as part of farm-to-fork commitment to reduce Campylobacter levels

    16 Sep 2015

    Cargill has announced it will introduce an innovative technology, SonoSteam, at its Hereford primary chicken processing plant in the UK, as part of its farm-to-fork action plan to tackle Campylobacter.

  • Cargill completes acquisition of FMC’s pectin operations, expanding capacity to meet growing customer demand

    16 Sep 2015

    Following the regulatory approval process, Cargill has completed the acquisition of FMC’s pectin operations in Milazzo, Sicily (Italy). The acquisition includes a pectin production line, dry peel storage silos, a quality control laboratory, commercial portfolio and a dedicated, experienced workforce.

  • Gert-Jan van den Akker to rejoin Cargill as a member of the Cargill Leadership Team

    15 Sep 2015

    Gert-Jan (G.J.) van den Akker, a former Cargill executive and managing director, will return to the company and become a member of the Cargill Leadership Team, the global executive group in charge of Cargill’s strategic direction and organizational priorities, effective December 1st 2015.

  • Farmer cooperatives in Cote d’Ivoire to benefit from access to affordable funding

    14 Sep 2015

    Farmer cooperatives in Cote d’Ivoire are set to benefit from access to affordable, commercial finance as a result of a first of its kind initiative supported by Cargill and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The mid-term commercial loans will be provided by the Ivorian bank SIB and are being made available to graduates from the Cargill Coop Academy to enable cooperatives to lease brand new trucks that will allow farmers to more easily transport their cocoa beans to markets. On the 9th September, 43 cooperatives each took delivery of their own brand new truck – a major step towards becoming more professional - at a local ceremony in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

  • Cargill to sell Plainview, Texas, beef plant site idled in 2013

    14 Sep 2015

    Cargill has placed its idled Plainview, Texas, plant property up for sale and the Dallas office of Commercial real estate broker CBRE has been retained by Cargill to market the site and evaluate potential offers. The plant was idled on Feb. 1, 2013, as the result of beef processing overcapacity in the region brought about by the area’s drought-diminished cattle herd, the impact of federally mandated Country of Origin Labeling on cattle supplies and the effects of the prior year uproar over finely textured beef (“pink slime”).

  • Cargill elects CEO David MacLennan as next chairman

    10 Sep 2015

    Cargill’s board of directors today elected David W. MacLennan, currently Cargill’s president and chief executive officer, as chairman of the board in addition to his current responsibilities. Gregory R. Page, 64, will step down as executive chairman and continue to serve on the board as an executive director of the company.