Investment will bring updated animal facilities and new state-of-the-art laboratory.
Cargill announced that it is expanding and renovating its Global Animal Nutrition Innovation Center in Elk River, Minnesota. Along with a facility in Velddriel, The Netherlands and the soon to be operating Changrong R&D center in China, the Elk River site serves as a hub of the company's global network of 15 animal nutrition research and technology application centers.
The nearly $50 million investment will upgrade animal facilities including a new dairy innovation unit, construct a larger onsite feed mill, create a visitor’s space, and build a state-of-the-art laboratory for nutrient research and development. Designed to serve dairy, poultry, swine and aqua nutrition customers and the testing needs of other Cargill businesses, the Global Innovation Center hosts more than 2,000 visitors a year. In addition, new viewing corridors will allow visitors to view the animal R&D facilities conveniently.
On April 19, the company held the official groundbreaking for the upgraded facility that will open in spring 2023. The site has been operational for Cargill since 1958.
“This is the largest investment Cargill’s animal nutrition business has made in innovation,” said Adriano Marcon, group leader of Cargill’s animal nutrition business. “We want to be the best animal nutrition partner globally, and our customers expect us to bring innovations that make them more competitive, efficient, and sustainable.”