USA – Cargill’s North American protein business will invest US$146 million to upgrade its sausage production site in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

The investment will grow the company’s meat crumble offerings for food ingredient, foodservice and retail customers.

It will also include the construction of a new dried sausage production facility, which will create more than 100 jobs, doubling the facility’s current employment.

The Nashville investment is part of Cargill’s on-going commitment to growth in its protein business.

According to Cargill, over the past two years, the company had invested nearly US$850 million in its USA protein expansion at its sites in Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa and Kansas.

Cargill’s Nashville facility complements the company’s cooked meats facilities in Nebraska, Virginia, Texas and Minnesota.

It is expected to begin production during the first half of 2019.

“Our customers asked for new value-added cooked meat capabilities and we are thrilled to be able to respond by investing in this expansion at our facility. Nashville is strategically located to serve our customers in a way that helps them improve their supply chain,” said Cargill plant general manager Monte Metz.

“Our growth is a tribute to the 28,000 people on our team. They are passionate about helping our customers succeed by meeting consumer demands,” said Cargill protein president Brian Sikes.

“We’re pleased to support investments like the Nashville expansion that help our customers grow and the communities where we operate prosper.”

Cargill also announced it would invest US$250 million in India over the next five years as it targets expansion in the country’s food processing industry.