TURKEY – American global food corporation Cargill has opened a new technical application center in Turkey to boost dairy innovation throughout the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META).
The plant in Orhangazi, Bursa, pilot facilities that mimic full-scale dairy processing production lines, enabling Cargill ingredient and application specialists to rapidly test ingredient solutions in real-world conditions.
The facility will also house an ingredient production plant that is expected to expand Cargill’s Infuse service offering model.
Infuse by Cargill was first established in Europe in 2020 and delivers blended ingredient solutions – for example, nutritional balance, plant-based and label-friendliness – to speed up development and innovation cycles.
Cem Beysel, Cargill Foods META executive committee member and chief product and marketing officer, said: “With this investment in Bursa, Orhangazi, we will serve our customers as if this place is their own R&D centre.
The application centre offers manufacturers mixtures, which are used in very low quantities in order to ensure the fluidity, aftertaste, rough and/or smoothness of the foods, meet the special needs of the customers while creating the advantage of speed and low cost.
Cargill sells formulation software business
Earlier, Cargill sold its feed and premix formulation software business, Format Solutions to Datacor, Inc, a New Jersey, US-based provider of process manufacturing and chemical distribution software.
Format Solutions specializes in the design, authoring and marketing of software for recipe optimization, ingredient allocation, operational efficiency and formulation for the animal and aqua feed, pet food, human food, premix industries.
The business serves customers in nearly 100 countries with a range of solutions spanning feed and food formulation, feed manufacturing and operations management
The business operated as a separate and distinct entity within Cargill, leveraging the organizational knowledge and expertise in animal and human nutrition and mill and farm operations in the agribusiness group.
Operations in Russia to continue
Meanwhile, Cargill has said it will continue to operate its essential food and feed facilities in Russia, but it is scaling back its business activities there and has stopped investment.
Food is a basic human right and should never be used as a weapon, said the agribusiness giant in a statement released in March.
Cargill began supplying grain to the Soviet Union in 1964 and opened its Moscow office in 1991, then continually expanded its operations.
Today, it employs 2,500 people in Russia across activities in grain and oilseed trading, oilseed crushing, refining, poultry processing, animal feed formulation, food and feed ingredients sales, among other businesses.
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