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January 26, 2015

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Minnesota—Cargill’s Aquaculture Plans

 

Cargill’s Animal Nutrition Business has 17,000 employees in 37 countries and feed sales measured in billions of dollars.  It has two global feed research centers, one in the Netherlands and one in Elk River, Minnesota.  The Elk River facility has an 800-acre campus that employs 120 and features labs for cows, laying hens, pigs, fish—and shrimp!  Researchers tinker with ingredients and feed formulas, looking for combinations that will optimize production, reduce the use of fishmeal and increase the use of soy meal.

 

“We are definitely a growth engine within the house of Cargill,” said David Webster, president of Cargill’s pre-mix feed and nutrition business.  Indeed, with the industry’s bright prospects, Cargill may move beyond fish feed directly into operating fish [and shrimp?] farms!  There’s certainly a precedent for this.  When it comes to poultry, beef and pork, Cargill starts with feed, but also does a huge business in slaughtering and processing animals.  Why not the same model in aquaculture?  “At this point, we don’t rule anything out,” said Webster.  “We are looking at the industry and where we can play, and that may include processing.”

 

Latin America is the region where Cargill has its largest presence in shrimp feed.

 

Information: David Webster, Cargill Animal Nutrition, 10383 165th Avenue Northwest, Elk River, Minnesota (phone 1-763-441-6508).

 

Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  Cargill Ramping Up Research on Fish Feed, Does Not Rule Out Operating Own Fish Farms.  Linda Lindner (Urner Barry, phone 1-732-240-5330, extension 223, email llindner@urnerbarry.com).  January 26, 2015.

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