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Cargill to use wheat starch in Krefeld in future

Cargill factory

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Cargill has completed the conversion of its Krefeld plant from corn to wheat processing. The investment of 200 million US dollars is a clear commitment by the US trading company to its location in NRW.

The conversion of the Krefeld-Linn site, which has been in operation for more than 60 years, has brought about major changes. In addition to a new production facility, Cargill has constructed additional buildings and halls and modernized existing structures.

The acquisition adds wheat proteins and specialty starches to the company's product portfolio. These products are used in the food and technical industries, as well as in the production of animal feed and bioplastics. According to Cargill, the move is in response to changing consumer needs.

As part of the modernization process, the company has also improved the energy efficiency of the plant. Thanks to cogeneration and the conversion of waste heat into heating steam, energy consumption, the amount of fuel used and CO2 emissions are now significantly reduced.

Around 800 guests attended the opening ceremony. The NRW Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, Mona Neubaur, and the US Consul General in North Rhine-Westphalia, Pauline Kao, were also present. Neubaur praised Cargill's "very important and significant investment for North Rhine-Westphalia and Krefeld", which will secure around 500 jobs.