Cargill Inc. is transforming its production site in Krefeld, Germany, from a corn to a wheat processing plant, representing an investment of USD 200 m. 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.
This will allow Cargill to address the market changes in the area of nutrition and packaging and 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 driving the need for vegetable proteins and specialized 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 Cargill can add wheat proteins and specialized 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 & Texturizers 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.”