Cargill invests $17.5 million in Izegem edible vegetable oil refinery to advance food safety and infant nutrition
Izegem plant is leading efforts to meet evolving European infant nutrition food safety legislation
(IZEGEM, Belgium) August. 30, 2018 – As the food and infant nutrition market evolves rapidly and new European legislation drives significant change, Cargill is anticipating customer needs with an investment of $17.5 million in an upgrade of its refining facility. The investment allows Cargill’s global edible vegetable oils business to increase production capacity and provide a safe and reliable supply of high-quality food and infant nutrition oil for its customers.
Upgrade to edible oil refinery
The new world-class refining installation includes replacing existing equipment with new machinery, such as a deodorizer and processing technology that will facilitate the production process and assure the supply of safe and high-quality food and infant nutrition edible oil products for customers.
EU infant nutrition regulation
European food safety legislation often leads the way in intensifying efforts to improve food safety, especially in the area of infant nutrition regulations. Recently, strict standards were set in place for chemical compounds such as 3- and 2-monochloropropanediol (MCPD) and glycidyl esters in infant food. The upgraded installation in Izegem facilitates the technical processes and allows Cargill to meet the required European safety and quality standards and address rising consumer food safety concerns.
“The company is well-positioned to meet future, increasingly stringent, European regulations on food safety,” said Sabine Sagaert, managing director for Cargill’s oils and seeds business in EMEA. “With many new ingredients entering the food and infant nutrition segment, food safety is an important starting point for every product . Cargill’s ability to safeguard the quality and integrity of food and infant nutrition ingredients is key to our customers’ success.”
Cargill Izegem celebrates 20th anniversary
Cargill has been active in Izegem since 1998 and has since invested more than $74 million in the modernization and upgrade of its refinery and bottling activities. Today’s inauguration of the upgraded refinery is an important milestone in the site’s 20-year journey.
The plant is one of the most complex edible oil refineries in Europe. With its refining, hydrogenation, interesterification, winterization and blending technologies, the plant is able to process 11 types of oils and fats into over 300 product blends, each answering to specific customer demands for products such as cooking oils, salad dressings, infant nutrition and applications. Cargill’s Izegem plant also houses a bottling capability, one of the largest of its kind in Europe and a center of expertise for packaging within Cargill. From bulk oil to packed oil, the site maintains food quality and safety to the highest standards. There are currently 280 people employed at Cargill’s site in Izegem.
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Cargill’s 160,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 154 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.
Cargill in Belgium
Cargill was established in Belgium via a grain importing office in Antwerp in 1953. We now have over 1,000 employees in eight locations: Antwerp (two locations), Izegem, Ghent, Herent, Vilvoorde, Mechelen and Mouscron. The company has a number of different and diverse operations in the country, including the production of food ingredients and the processing, distribution and trading of a variety of grains and oilseeds. Both Cargill’s European Headquarters for its food businesses and Cargill’s European R&D Centre, are also located in Belgium.
About Cargill’s edible oils business
Cargill’s global edible oils business is committed to providing healthful and flavorful oils for consumers, meeting the stringent quality and safety requirements of our customers, improving the livelihoods of farmers who grow and raise food ingredients, and establishing sustainable growing practices around the world.