Since 1899 our alcohol teams have been dedicated to producing quality ethanol from natural ingredients by fermentation of sugars and starches. With over a century of expertise in making ethanol, our product features constant pure quality and is consequently an essential and value-adding raw material for the industrial sector.

Meeting customers’ needs
Cargill produces and commercializes ethanol for industrial applications for use in products including solvents, extractants, antifreeze and intermediates in the synthesis of various organic chemicals. This includes both 96% and 99% ethanol , either with or without the use of denaturants. This alcohol is used widely in the coatings, printing inks and adhesives industries.

  • A range of products/ or chemicals is available for denaturation including methanol, woodnaphta, Bitrex, TBA, IPA and MEK.
  • Heads & Tales can be used as a solvent in watertreatment, as fuel for stoves and as an antifreeze.
  • Cargill provides two grades of undenatured and denatured Heads & Tales in order to fulfill its customers’ specific needs.

In addition to this broad range of markets Cargill also offers a range of crude and fuel ethanol for other various applications.

Reliable Supply Chain
Our ethanol production facilities located nearby our customers in north Europe are built with the newest technologies, providing stability and reliability. The ethanol produced in these plants is identical and
therefore interchangeable, ensuring security of supply and shortest possible transport and communication lines.

Operating Responsibly
Focusing on more sustainable production at our continuous potable ethanol fermentation facilities, our ethanol team has achieved a 23 percent increase in alcohol concentration by experimenting with new combinations and concentrations of enzymes and yeasts through fermentation process. As a result, this allows producing 23 percent more alcohol from the same inputs, significantly reducing the energy consumption and emissions per unit of alcohol and so, significantly reducing our environmental impact per liter.

Take a look at the video below to find out more about Cargill's sustainable production.



Alcohol is subject to excise duty. National authorities consequently stringently control all shipments of alcohol. The excise rates in the EU vary among the different member states and can amount to as much as 40 times the sales price. It is therefore imperative to adhere to the regulations in the EU member states in which we operate. Our alcohol can be delivered pure, without any additional products. In this case, consignees must have a license from their national authorities to receive ethyl alcohol under suspension of duty. Denatured alcohol can be exempt of duty, provided the national authorities accept the added product as a denaturant. We reiterate that the different EU member states each have their own policy regarding accepting these products. It depends on the national legislation if a specific license is necessary and under which conditions a consignee may receive the alcohol. 

For more information please review the general European regulations regarding excise and check with your local excise authorities.