23 September 2013

Cargill inaugurates integrated poultry operation in Anhui, China

Anhui, China - 23 September 2013 - Cargill has inaugurated its integrated poultry operation in Lai’an Anhui, China. The project covers each stage of the poultry supply chain, including chicken breeding, raising, feed production, hatching, slaughtering and processing. The facility has the capacity to process approximately 65 million chickens per year, as well as 176,000 metric tonnes poultry products per year. Total investment for the project is approximately US$250 million. The project will provide employment to around 4,000 people in the coming few years, which will boost the farmer incomes.

The project, initiated in 2009, is a part of Cargill’s continuous effort to support the modernization of agriculture and food safety in China. In this project, Cargill utilized its global expertise to build an integrated supply chain and food safety management system. Cargill also will apply innovative environmental and energy efficiency management systems that meet all applicable environment regulations in waste water treatment, waste disposal and emission control.

Gary Locke, the U.S. Ambassador to China commented, “Cargill’s investment here in Anhui Province is a shining example of how U.S. – China agricultural cooperation can help China ensure that its people have a safe and reliable source of poultry, while simultaneously strengthening our bilateral economic and agricultural ties. I firmly believe that when our two countries are able to deepen our commercial partnerships, we can bring positive, long-term benefits to the consumers of both our countries.”

“We are committed to being a valuable partner with the local poultry industry. We will utilize our global safety standards in food, employee safety and environmental management in China at the same levels we operate our business anywhere else in the world,” said Chris Langholz, president of Cargill Animal Protein China. “We believe that applying our global expertise to local circumstances will help the industry and provide more confidence for Chinese consumers. We wish to thrive together with China and help ensure the sustainable growth of China’s poultry industry.”

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 139,000 people in 65 countries. Cargill has a thriving presence in mainland China with 52 locations and over 7,000 employees. 

Source: Cargill