Cargill's Krefeld site transformation
from corn to wheat
Cargill is transforming its production site in Krefeld, Germany, from a corn to a wheat processing plant, representing an investment of US$ 200 million. The diversification project was announced in 2019, and is well underway and scheduled for completion in H1 2023.
The transformation will allow Cargill to address market changes in the area of nutrition and packaging 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 stimulating the need for vegetable proteins and specialized starches.
What will happen to corn?
The Krefeld plant today produces a range of corn starches and sweeteners for the food and industrial markets:
- The increasing demand for protein rich foods* and rising need for industrial starches in the packaging industry are driving the need for vegetable proteins and specialized starches.
- By transforming the Krefeld plant from corn to wheat, Cargill strengthens its supply position by creating additional capacity of wheat protein and specialized starches to meet increased customer demand.
- New technology being established, based on Cargill’s extensive global experience of processing wheat that promotes sustainability benefits across carbon emissions and water use.
The investment will support the local economy and the regional farming community while positioning the business for future growth.