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Fermentation Industry

Cargill is one of the largest suppliers of products to bioindustry manufacturers worldwide, with offerings spanning the whole fermentation process.

We start at the beginning of the upstream process, providing inputs such as carbon feedstock and nitrogen sources for micro-organisms and lipid feedstock for specialty fermentation application. At the pre-fermentor stage, we provide solutions for medium culture preparation. Finally, during downstream processing and finishing, we provide solution for granulation and encapsulation of actives and stabilizers for finished products.

We work closely with our customers to develop solutions that meet their specific needs, drawing on our bio-based chemistry expertise to support fruitful collaborations and results-driven options.


Upstream process / inputs Pre-fermentor step Downstream process / finishing

Carbon feedstock for micro-organisms

Nitrogen source for micro-organisms

Thickener for mediums

Lipid feedstock for specialty fermentation applications (soybean oil)

Medium culture preparation

Granulation of actives

Encapsulation of actives

Stabilizer for finished product

  • Carbohydrates: starches, glucose, proteins, polyols, maltodextrins, glycerins
  • Soy products: soy flour, soy bean meal
  • Vegetable oils: soybean oil, rapeseed oil


Explore our products for fermentation industry applications


Glycerin is a very versatile molecule that is available in both refined and crude forms.

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Industrial Base Oils

Canola, soybean and linseed oils provide many advantages over mineral oils, including low volatile organic compound (VOC) content and low toxicity. Availability: North America

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Dextrin pastes provide excellent machinability and can be used in adhesives and coatings that come into contact with food products.

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Dextrose is the fundamental monomer of all starchy products that enables the creation of chemical structures from renewable resources.

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Industrial Glucose Syrups

Industrial glucose syrups are a low-cost refined renewable base material for many industrial applications.

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Industrial Polyols

Cargill is one of the world’s leading producers of polyols. We offer a wide range of Polyols such as sorbitol, maltitol, mannitol, xylitol, erythritol, glycerin and isomalt, for use in many different industrial applications.

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Industrial Soy Flour Adhesives

Soy flour adhesives are a natural replacement for formaldehyde and phenol-based resins.

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Industrial Starches

Many of our starch products start with a variety of corn types, each with particular properties. Your optimal starch is selected according to application and specific qualities desired.

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