Cargill in Argentina
In 1947 Cargill opened for business in Argentina — becoming the first overseas non-trading operation since the company's founding in 1865. Cargill began its activities in Argentina with a seed research operation that later became the former Seed division.
From 1956, Cargill operations in Argentina have changed dramatically:
- 1960s – Cargill entered into grain trading, animal nutrition and poultry processing
- 1980s – Oilseed processing, import and distribution of fertilizers, and apple juice processing were added
- 1990s – The portfolio included peanuts selection, malt and flour milling and in this decade olive oil and beef were added
Since the mid 1980s the flagship of Cargill operations in Argentina is carried by grain trading and oilseed processing. Cargill has a net export-oriented profile in Argentina, with exports accounting for over 90 percent of annual sales.
The company has about 2,900 employees. Almost 90 percent are located in over 100 sites - offices, processing plants, ports and country elevators – distributed in 8 States: Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Santa Fe, La Pampa, Entre Ríos, Santiago del Estero, San Luis and Salta
- Origination, processing and trading of grain
- Industrial oil processing and retailing of protein flour and oils derived from soya, corn, and rapeseed
- Malting barley processing and retailing
- Animal nutrition processing and retailing
- Industrial biodiesel production
- Commercialization and distribution of food ingredients, including cacao, texturizers,
- emulsifiers, starch and starch derivatives
- Wet corn milling (JV with Ledesma SA)
- Financial services and risk management
- 5 export terminals (Puerto San Martin, Villa Gobernador Gálvez and Alvear – Santa Fe Province; White –Buenos Aires Province; and Diamante - Entre Ríos Province)
- 4 oilseed crushing plants (Puerto San Martin and Villa Gobernador Gálvez - Santa Fe Province; Ing. White and Necochea – Buenos Aires Province)
- 3 malt plants (Ing. White – Buenos Aires Province; and Alvear – Santa Fe Province)
- A network of over 50 country elevators (Provinces of Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Santa Fe, La Pampa, Entre Ríos, and Santiago del Estero, San Luis and Salta)
- 1 feed & animal nutrition plant (Provimi SA in Santa Fe Province)
- 1 wet corn milling plant (JV with Ledesma SA)
- Net export-oriented activities are Grain & Oilseed trading and processing (90 percent exports). Grain & Oilseed trading and processing operations in Argentina are fully integrated with similar operations in Paraguay and Bolivia.
Investments (2003 – 2012): + US$ 500 million in:
- Construction of new oilseeds crushing plants, ports and country elevators.
- Expansion of existing crushing and storage capacity.
- Construction of a new phosphate plant and investments in the beef industry (Beef was later divested and Fertilizers is out of Cargill ww).
- Joint-Ventures in Wet Corn Milling
- Biodiesel and co-generation plant in VGG
Cargill Argentina has a long-standing record for its involvement in community activities dating to the late 1950s. In 1971, The Cargill Foundation was founded as an independent legal entity. It became the channel for conducting investment of financial and non-financial resources in the communities where the company operates, focusing in rural communities and medium scale cities in the rural territory.
Since 2008, strategic community investment has been focused in 3 topics: nutrition, environment and safety & hygiene. Engaging employees with local needs and project proposals and management and also engaging local counterparts like governments, customers and suppliers, are a key element of our strategy.
In 2015, more than 100 communities have been impacted by Cargill Foundation Argentina activity, benefiting 142 schools, 94 local NGO’s, 19 Volunteer Firemen Associations and 11 Health institutions.
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1000 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loc. Av. L.N. Alem 928
1001 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telex: 27265-CARBA AR