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Going green: Cargill debuts 3 sustainable innovations at CIIE

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November 20, 2023


Sure, the China International Import Expo (CIIE) is a unique place to debut your products.

Visitors tested and tasted nearly 100 of Cargill’s newest (and greenest) offerings at our 400-square-meter booth during the world’s largest trade fair.

"For over 50 years in China, Cargill has always been committed to driving continuous innovation by combining global expertise and local insights, helping customers meet current and future challenges”

Robert Aspell President of Cargill’s Asia Pacific Region


But as much as it’s a place to show, it’s also a place to learn.

In its sixth year, CIIE brought the world's top companies together to showcase “green innovation” offerings to customers and consumers and to learn from the 3,400+ exhibitors from around 130 countries across the world.

President of Cargill’s business in China posing during CIIE. Lily Guan, president of Cargill’s business in China, attended the 6th annual CIIE event.

For Lily Guan, president of Cargill’s business in China, the China International Import Expo is about “bringing not only products, but also solutions and systems that can enable customers in China to overcome challenges they are facing, and leverage growth opportunities now and for the future."

Here are three ways we showcased sustainability at this year’s event where, from the décor to the advertising to the exhibits, the theme was green.


No. 1: Green products for customers

A group of CIIE visitors surround a digital screen and snap a photo on a mobile phone. U.S. Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns (second from left) attended this year’s CIIE.

At CIIE, we showcased nearly 100 products focused on empowering a healthy and sustainable future in China. Below are three of the highlights. 

Our CocoaDesign™ cosmetic emollient not only helps keep people's skin soft — it's also sustainably sourced. Developed using Cargill's Sustainable Ingredient Assessment System, the ingredients in this beauty product are 100% natural and sourced as part of Cargill's Cocoa Promise sustainability program.

High-grade iron ore concentrates, being one of the essential feedstocks for radical technologies to make greener steel using hydrogen instead of fossil fuels, allow steels mills to significantly reduce the CO2 emission per tonne of steel produced.

This new rumen buffer compound improves stomach health for beef cattle. It helps the animals absorb nutrients, making them burp less — which limits the amount of methane that cow burps release into the atmosphere.

The China International Import Expo 2023: By the numbers

  • $78.4 billion worth of tentative deals reached during the trade show
  • 3,486 exhibitors from 128 countries 
  • 289 of the world’s top 500 companies


No. 2: A commitment to regenerative agriculture

Two representatives shaking hands to fund regenerative agriculture research. Cargill and the China Development Research Foundation are partnering on regenerative agriculture research.

China has targets to reach carbon neutrality by 2060 and needs partners to help it deliver.

With our work in regenerative agriculture, we are partnering with the China Development Research Foundation to grow sustainable farming in the country. During CIIE, Cargill signed a one-year, 1-million-yuan ($137,300 USD) agreement to fund the foundation’s regenerative agriculture research and practice project.

“We hope to leverage this project to connect stakeholders in the field of regenerative agriculture,” Lily says, “furthering research and practice in the sector, and contributing to China’s efforts in achieving carbon neutrality.”

The project complements Cargill’s recent $50 million Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) deposit to support China’s sustainability goals and green industries related to ESG.


No. 3: Tech for China’s pig farmers

A booth at Cargill’s exhibit at the China International Import Expo with products, a display screen and informational banner. Agriness, a Cargill-developed online management tool for pig farmers, was displaying during CIIE. 

China’s swine industry is massive: In 2020 the country consumed six times more pork than the U.S.

For the farmers who produce that pork, keeping up with this demand, managing their farms efficiently and keeping their pigs healthy can be a three-fold challenge.

Enter Agriness, an online management tool in which Cargill made an equity investment for pig farmers across 30 countries.

Having managed more than one million pigs, the tool shows promising productivity growth by automating the process of calculating piglet weight gain, sow performance and production cost per animal.

It wasn’t the only debut for China’s pig farmers. At CIIE, Cargill and the China Agricultural University Education Foundation also unveiled a three-year, 10 million RMB ($1.37M USD) fund focused on cultivating leaders for China’s pig farming industry.

The P+ Academy program includes a range of courses such as CEO Leadership, management master classes and nutritionist training courses to learn practical skills.

Just one of the ways CIIE — and Cargill — are bringing learning, showcasing and innovating together to empower a brighter, and greener, future.



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