Cargill Incorporated is a multinational family, whose head office is located in Wayzata, Minnesota, USA. The company is engaged in food and feed, renewable raw materials and energy.

Cargill was founded in 1865 and today has an annual turnover of nearly 134 billion U.S. dollars of the world's largest family whose activities include buying, processing and marketing of cereals and cereal products, other agricultural commodities and the production and trade in livestock, feed and include ingredients of processed foods and pharmaceutical excipients. The company employs 142,000 people in 67 countries. In addition to dealing with financial services that cover a portion of the risk in the trade. Part of the financial services was outsourced to a hedge fund called Black River Asset Management. This has ten billion dollars in assets.

1998 Monsanto bought the international seed business of Cargill outside North America for 1.4 billion U.S. dollars.

Business metrics

  • Fiscal year 2011: Largest family in the United States.
  • Sales in fiscal year 2010: 107.9 billion U.S. dollars.
  • Net profit for the year 2010: 2.6 billion U.S. dollars.
  • 25 percent of all U.S. grain exports are made by Cargill.
  • Approximately 22 percent of the U.S. meat market are supplied.
  • Cargill employs 142,000 employees in 67 countries.
  • Leading exporter from Argentina.
  • The largest poultry producer in Thailand.
  • All eggs that McDonald's restaurants use in the United States come from Cargill farms.
  • According to Jean Ziegler, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, the Cargill - controlled group in 2012, approximately 29.8 percent of all globally traded grain.

Despite its size, the company is still a family business. Descendants of the founding families Cargill and MacMillan have today about 85 percent of the company. Therefore, the growth of the company can be financed by reinvestment of profits and it is not dependent on the financial markets. Cargill would, as a public company, among the top 50 of the Fortune Global 500 companies.

Cargill's long-term corporate strategy is to move from trading and processing of the products and toward higher-value activities. There is a joint venture with Hoffmann -La Roche, which developed a process for converting cereal by- products to vitamin E. In addition, ethanol is produced as fuel and citric acid from corn. The Company intends to advise its customers to increase the value added in the food production chain in the foreground.

Cargill profits from the worldwide trend towards highly refined grain products, resulting in 2002 through the acquisition of Cerestar (formerly Beghin -Say ) repositioned in this business field.

Cargill in Germany

Headquarters of Cargill GmbH in Germany is Salzgitter. Headquarters of Cargill Germany GmbH Krefeld. The company is based in Germany since 1955 in the Trade of feed ingredients on cereal and non- cereal-based processing oilseeds into oil and meal, malt production and trade in food commodities such as glucose and starch, as well as technical oils and lecithin for the food industry and the production of biodiesel active. There are ten locations (Hamburg, Salzgitter, Mainz, Malchin, Riesa, Barby, Krefeld (formerly Cerestar ), Wittenberg, Small Schierstedt and Berlin ( KVB formerly the Schwartau ) ), where together with the Agravis Raiffeisen (formerly MRL Hannover) based in Muenster NRW and in Hanover biodiesel is produced. The head of Cargill Germany until his retirement in late 2009 Karsten Eberstein. Since then, Cargill Germany GmbH Ralph Appel, Arnim and Christoph Biskup was led by speeches, since June 2012, only von Arnim Biskup and Christoph von Reden.

The acquisition of the first built by the Nestlé Group in Hamburg cocoa processing factory in October 2004, Cargill has expanded its cocoa processing plants in Europe.

Cargill presented in March 2006 at the Frankfurt- Hoechst Industrial Park in the foundation of a 250,000 tonnes biodiesel plant. This system processes the raffinate from existing oil mills in the region. The start of production for this biodiesel plant was in the third quarter of 2006, the investment volume amounts to approximately 25 million euros.

In addition to the commercial activities of the KVB Nedalco were also acquired alcohol in 2011.

The Cargill plant in Mainz

The plant, formerly Schmidt sons, is conveniently located between the Rhine Allee and industrial port in Mainz, thus mass transport goods can be handled cost-effectively. The oil mill employs approximately 45 employees and annually processes 450,000 tons of rapeseed and sunflower seeds into oil and meal. Rape seed comes mainly from the neighboring provinces, and partly from the Czech Republic. The oil is used in the Nahrungsmittelindindustrie, but also for technical purposes. Rapeseed meal is used as an additive to animal feed.

With financial support from the EU under the LIFE (EU ) program led Cargill GmbH in Mainz by a project for odor reduction and energy conservation in the oilseed processing. The vapor contains as with all oil mills a high proportion of glucosinolates, whose odor is unpleasant. Together with the company Bulkflow a pilot plant and a feasibility study has been conducted that evaluated the potential for energy savings and the reduction of environmental impacts over the period of one year. This method is based on the principle of inverse heat exchanger and can help to relieve the environment in case of success in other oil mills, for example, in Weisenau at the ADM Soya Mainz.

The LIFE financial instrument to the implementation, updating and development of environmental policy and of Community environmental law ( EU ), in particular with regard to the integration of the environment into other policies, and to sustainable development in the European Union, contribute.

The Cargill plant in Krefeld

Located directly on the Rhine harbor Krefeld, Krefeld plant produce about 560 employees from about 2000 tons of maize daily starch and starch derivatives such as dextrose and sorbitol. The factory was established in 1946 founded at that time under the name " cornflour " by Corn Products Refining Corporation (CPC ), 1987 renamed with the takeover by the Gruppo Ferruzi in " Cerestar " and renamed after the acquisition by Cargill in 2002 since 2006 under the name " Cargill ".


The chocolate industry signed the Harkin - Engel protocol called in September 2001. The protocol includes measures that should lead in the cocoa industry until 2005 to end the worst forms of child labor or slavery. A report of the ARD 2010 came to the conclusion that large companies such as Mars Inc., as well as Cargill and Nestlé still child slavery " tolerate at least. " An evaluation of the Tulane University Established 2011 found that of the six in the Harkin - Engel protocol above measures not only been fully implemented.