Cargill to double canola processing capacity in Saskatchewan

    WINNIPEG, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Cargill today confirmed plans to build a second
canola processing plant adjacent to its existing operation in Clavet,
Saskatchewan. The investment will double oilseed processing capacity to 1.5
million tonnes annually - positioning Canada as a world leader in supplying a
growing need for high quality vegetable oil.
    "This investment reinforces our longstanding commitment to agriculture in
Saskatchewan," said Ken Sauser, plant superintendent at Cargill in Clavet.
"Saskatchewan has over half of Western Canada's canola acres, making Clavet an
ideal location for the new facility."
    Groundbreaking for the new facility will take place in the coming months
with construction completed and production started by November 2008. The new
operation will employ about 25 people. Combined with the recent opening of a
crop research facility, Cargill's total employment at Clavet will reach 150
full-time equivalent employees.
    "We are entering a period of rapid global growth in oilseeds and Canadian
canola will play a key role in that growth" noted Ken Stone, Cargill's
Canadian Oilseed Manager. "As our North American and world customer base
continues to grow for generic and specialty canola oils, the canola producers
of Western Canada become an even more critical partner to us in serving our
valued customers."
    Cargill has a number of long-term agreements to supply major food
customers with canola oil, including specialty varieties valued for being low
in saturated fat and having zero trans fat. The added crush capacity is
supported by strong demand for high oleic canola oil in addition to growing
demand for generic canola oils.
    "Cargill prides itself on being a solutions provider, in particular in
the area of eliminating trans-fats through high oleic varieties," said Cargill
Limited President Len Penner. "We are fortunate to have partnered with a
number of valued customers dedicated to satisfying consumer needs through
healthier oils."

    Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Cargill Limited employs over 10,000
people across the country and has business interests in meat, egg and oilseed
processing, animal feed, salt, chocolate, natural gas, crop inputs, as well as
grain handling and merchandising.
    Cargill is an international provider of food, agricultural and risk
management products and services. With 158,000 employees in 66 countries, the
company is committed to using its knowledge and experience to collaborate with
customers to help them succeed. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Rob Meijer (Canada), (204) 947-6370,; Bill Brady (U.S.), (952) 742-6608,

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