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Innovation at Cargill


From idea to impact, we innovate to reimagine what's possible

Ideas can come from anywhere, at any time, and by anyone. At Cargill, we are harnessing the power of what’s possible to deliver lifechanging solutions that will positively impact the world today and for generations to come. By partnering with customers across the industry, we can create a better world.

The future is calling and we’re ready to answer with solutions that nourish the world, sustain people and the planet and transform the way we meet the food and agriculture industry’s biggest challenges. It’s time to reinvent, redefine and reimagine what’s possible, together.


This is where the future of food and agriculture meet impact

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5 agriculture and food trends to be excited about in 2024

Food and agriculture need solutions that can nourish the world, sustain people and our planet, and transform the way we meet the world’s biggest challenges. Cargill’s chief technology officer shares trends we are paying attention to that will shape and shift food production and agriculture for decades to come.

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20 innovations that give a glimpse into the future of food

At Cargill, we are working every day to turn “imagine if” into “we can” — and to do it on a global scale. Why? Because, as global food production and agriculture evolve, we will need innovative solutions to solve the most urgent challenges. Learn how we’re shaping the future of food and agriculture with innovations.

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What is a food scientist? A day in the life at Cargill.

Learn what our food scientists around the world do every day to create innovative, sustainable and delicious products for our customers. 

The art and science of making a ​plant-based burger

The art and science of making a plant-based burger

Our Cargill food scientist shares the craft of creating a plant-based burger — from selecting the protein source to taking the first bite.

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A kernel of innovation goes a long way

Science and innovation have transformed how ingredients like corn are used in our everyday lives. Let’s breakdown all the ways innovation shows up.

Delivering value through innovation​

For more than 150 years, companies have turned to Cargill for our scientific expertise and collaborative partnerships. We innovate with purpose, helping our customers reimagine the future of food and agriculture with solutions that are better for our health, the environment and people around the world.

Cargill, ENOUGH expands alternative protein partnership

Cargill invests in ENOUGH’s mycoprotein technology and plans to use and market its fermented protein.


A Day in the Life: What does a data scientist do at Cargill?

Cargill data science employees use information and data to solve a huge variety of challenges.


The 2024 Protein Profile: a look at the biggest trends

We’re sharing a comprehensive look at the biggest trends and predictions in protein for 2024 and beyond.


Cargill expands AI-powered innovations to poultry

Galleon™ and Birdoo, latest innovative solutions to help animal health.


Aalst Chocolate marks 20 years and eyes growth in Asia

Driving growth through “bean to bar” strategy and customer-led product innovation.


Silent. Efficient. The world’s 1st zero-emission electric barge

Cargill, Kotug International to create first fully electrified industrial setup for inland shipping.



From science to solution. Discover the future.

Innovation begins with innovators. Our global experts solve the food and agriculture industry’s biggest challenges. Applying deep science and the latest capabilities, we partner to meet the needs of our changing world.​

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Key technologies and sciences​


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Major Innovation and R&D centers

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Explore Innovation Careers at Cargill

Interested in an R&D or innovation opportunity at Cargill? View open roles to find out how you can join our team of professionals who are shaping the future. Our purpose to nourish the world drives our innovation, and we’re always pushing to develop the next big breakthrough. Regardless of your scientific background, there is a place for you at Cargill doing meaningful work with global impact.

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2024 BIG Innovation Award

Cargill received two 2024 Business Intelligence Group (BIG) Innovation Awards. This recognition highlights Cargill’s commitment to innovation and R&D to advance the agriculture industry, and our collaboration with BAR Technologies’ on the ground-breaking WindWings project, designed to decarbonize commercial shipping. This marks the second year Cargill received the prestigious BIG Innovation Award.


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Fortune America’s 2023 Most Innovative Companies

Cargill was recognized on the Fortune list of America’s Most Innovative Companies for 2023. Fortune and Statista selected companies based on product innovation, process innovation and innovation culture.


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Fast Company 2023 Best Workplaces for Innovators

Cargill was included in Fast Company’s fifth annual Best Workplaces for Innovators list, honoring organizations and businesses demonstrating an inspiring commitment to encourage and develop innovation at all levels.


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2023 Edison Awards for Food and Agriculture and Sustainability

Cargill won four 2023 Edison Awards™ - three in the food and agriculture category and one in the sustainability category. The prestigious awards honor excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.


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PDMA’s 2023 Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award

The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) named Cargill as a recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award. The award is granted to organizations that deliver sustained and quantifiable success including new products, services and the practices contributing to that success.


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