Cargill set to convert corn facility to wheat processing to broaden products
Global ingredients and solutions group Cargill is transforming its production site in Krefeld, Germany, from a corn to a wheat processing plant, with investment totalling $200 million.
The company said the move will allow it to address the market changes in the area of nutrition and packaging, and respond to consumer demand for healthier products.
The business said the call for protein rich foods driven, by the growing world population and the rising need for industrial starches in the packaging industry are driving the need for vegetable proteins and specialised starches.
Today the Krefeld plant produces a range of corn starches and sweeteners for the food and industrial markets. By transforming the site from corn to wheat, the company can add wheat proteins and specialised starches to its portfolio.
The new unit, that will be built on the current factory site, will use the best available production technologies to meet the highest standards of reliability and sustainability. “Cargill remains committed to serving its global customers in a safe and sustainable way,” says Alain Dufait, managing director Cargill Starches, Sweeteners & Texturisers Europe. “This transformation will not only allow us to expand our portfolio serving the evolving needs of our customers, but also use more sustainable production methods.”
This investment will support the local economy and the European farming community while positioning the business for future growth. The company presently has a range of products targeting the confectionery and bakery markets.
Menno Timmermans, Cargill Starches & Sweeteners Europe’s site manager in Krefeld says: “Our site is strategically located near to the river Rhine and the rail network. This allows us to serve our European and global customers over water and land in an efficient and sustainable way.”
Construction will begin in early 2020 with completion expected by the summer of 2021. The first deliveries of high-quality wheat products will start in the autumn of 2021.