Cargill’s site in Krefeld, Germany, will diversify its portfolio by providing vegetable protein, specialized industrial wheat starches and advanced bio-fuel, the company says.
Cargill has announced its intent to grow and diversify its product portfolio at its starches and sweeteners plant in Krefeld (Germany) with products such as vegetable wheat protein, specialized industrial wheat starches and advanced bio-fuel. Transitioning this site from a corn to wheat processing facility allows Cargill to add these products to its product portfolio and help customers address changing consumer needs in terms of nutrition, packaging and sustainable fuel.
Cargill’s corn processing facility at Krefeld produces starches and sweeteners from corn for a series of food, feed and industrial applications. The transformation to wheat will broaden Cargill’s product portfolio to address changing consumer needs such as an increasing demand for protein rich foods, rising need for paper and packaging solutions and renewable energy sources. The transformation is expected to be completed in 2020.
“Cargill wants to address the growing needs of its customers and the market – both in the Germany and across Europe – such as the increasing demand for vegetable proteins driven by a growing world population and the rising need for industrial starches used in packaging,” says Alain Dufait, managing director of Cargill Starches & Sweeteners, Europe.
The new facility will be using the latest production technologies, according to Cargill. Menno Timmermans, Cargill Starches & Sweeteners Europe Krefeld site manager says: “This is an exciting time for us, as the Krefeld facility will broaden its product offering to provide our customers with the right choice of qualitative and competitive wheat-based products for food, feed and industrial applications, to address a growing world population’s need for protein-rich foods, the booming packaging industry due to growth in e-commerce, and growing consumer sensitivity towards sustainable fuel alternatives. ”
Another step made by Cargill was the opening of a corn milling facility in Saudi Arabia. The Middle East Food Solutions Company (MEFSCO Corn Milling Facility), inaugurated on January 22 in Al-Kharj, represents Cargill’s first investment in KSA.