Cargill to diversify its starches & sweeteners portfolio produced in Krefeld to address changing market needs
Cargill confirms an investment of US$ 200 million in its Krefeld (Germany) facility by transforming from corn to wheat processing.
MECHELEN, Belgium, July 9th, 2019 – Cargill is transforming its production site in Krefeld, Germany, from a corn to a wheat processing plant, representing an investment of US$ 200 million. This will allow Cargill to address the market changes in the area of nutrition and packaging and to even better serve its customers’ needs.
The increasing demand for protein rich foods driven, by the growing world population and the rising need for industrial starches in the packaging industry are driving the need for vegetable proteins and specialized starches. Today the Krefeld plant produces a range of corn starches and sweeteners for the food and industrial markets. By transforming the site from corn to wheat Cargill can add wheat proteins and specialized starches to its portfolio.
The new unit, that will be built on the current factory site, will use the best available production technologies to meet the highest standards of reliability and sustainability. “Cargill remains committed to serving its global customers in a safe and sustainable way,” says Alain Dufait, managing director Cargill Starches, Sweeteners & Texturizers Europe. “This transformation will not only allow us to expand our portfolio serving the evolving needs of our customers, but also use more sustainable production methods.”
This investment will support the local economy and the European farming community while positioning the business for future growth.
Menno Timmermans, Cargill Starches & Sweeteners Europe’s site manager in Krefeld says: “Our site is strategically located near to the river Rhine and the rail network. This allows us to serve our European and global customers over water and land in an efficient and sustainable way.”
Construction will begin in early 2020 with completion expected by the summer of 2021. The first deliveries of high-quality wheat products will start in the autumn of 2021.
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.
About Cargill Starches & Sweeteners Europe
Cargill Starches & Sweeteners Europe processes corn and wheat to manufacture a comprehensive collection of value-added products dedicated to the food and beverage, papermaking, corrugating, BioIndustrial, pharmaceutical, personal care and animal nutrition industries. We take a unique approach to each of these categories to enhance customer relationships and fuel sustainable growth. In the nutrition space, we focus on fiber and protein innovations, while our industrial offerings are designed to supply renewable solutions that drive value for our customers. Our portfolio of sweetness products is the largest and most diverse on the market, ranging from foundation sweeteners (glucose syrups, glucose-fructose syrups and dextroses) to low-caloric polyols and zero calorie stevia-based sweeteners. One of our core competences is to operate a reliable and sustainable supply chain, as can be demonstrated with the high quality potable alcohol we supply. Whatever the application, we help our customers thrive by delivering them valuable products and services.