Cargill Opens New U.S $40 Million Chicken Processing Facility in Russia

   Cargill Opens New U.S $40 Million Chicken Processing Facility in Russia

  PR Newswire

  MOSCOW, June 4, 2013

MOSCOW, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Cargill has officially opened a chicken processing facility at its complex in
Efremov, Russia. This poultry facility represents a further investment of
US$40 million at the company's industrial complex, located 300 kilometres
south of Moscow. The facility - which marks Cargill's first primary chicken
processing operations in Russia - will predominantly supply McDonald's
restaurants in Russia with high quality Chicken McNuggets as well as other
chicken products.

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Today's ceremony to officially open the new facility was attended by Vladimir
Gruzdev, Tula oblast Governor and senior representatives from Cargill and

"Cargill has had a strong business relationship with McDonald's for many years
and when sourcing locally became a key requirement for McDonald's in Russia,
we were pleased to be able to work together and help them find a solution,"
said Jeremy Graves, General Manager, Cargill Meats Europe. "Our processing
plant and our joint efforts to build a sustainable local supply chain is yet
another example of the ongoing collaboration between our two companies."

As part of this investment to establish a local chicken supply chain in
Russia, Cargill has started to develop local supply partnerships with Russian
poultry rearers in order to ensure that the locally sourced chicken meets
Cargill and McDonald's high quality, food safety and welfare requirements. 

Graves continued, "The long term goal is that we will source the majority of
our chicken in Russia and allow McDonald's consumers to benefit from high
quality products produced in country from Russian reared chickens."

According to Irina Korshunova, Supply Chain and QA Director East Division &
Russia at McDonalds, "We are pleased that Cargill, as one of the global food
industry leaders, is producing chicken products for the consumers of
McDonald's products in Russia. From the time we decided to enter the Russian
market, we started developing a local producers' network with Cargill. We are
confident that the successful partnership between McDonald's and Cargill will
continue to thrive with poultry production in Russia."

The facility which has employed over 140 local staff has the capacity to
produce 18,000 metric tonnes per annum of high quality further processing
chicken products and will be a valuable addition to Cargill's existing group
of businesses in Efremov.

Cargill's operations in Efremov include a corn and wheat sweeteners plant; a
vegetable oil refinery and bottling facility; a malt plant and an animal feed
mill. Cargill's vegetable oil refinery already supplies oil to McDonald's
restaurants in Russia and now oil is also being used in the poultry production
process for the nuggets and patties.

Graves concluded, "We are fortunate to be able to be part of such a strong
cluster of businesses, to be able to leverage synergies and to learn from
Cargill's many years of experience in Russia in order to grow our poultry
business in the region. Cargill is committed to our operations in Efremov, the
Tula region and Russia."

Notes to editors


Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural,
financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately
held company employs 142,000 people in 65 countries.

Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is
committed to sharing its global knowledge and experience to help meet
economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business.

For more information, visit .

Cargill in Russia:

Cargill began its activities in Russia in 1991 with the opening of a
representative office in Moscow, although a prior trading relationship with
Russian based organisations dates back some 30 years. In total, Cargill Russia
employs around 2,700 people. With nearly US$900 million invested in the
Russian agricultural and food processing sectors, Cargill is one of the
leading foreign investors in Russia.

Cargill in Efremov:

Cargill made its first investment in Efremov in 1994, when it acquired a
starches and sweeteners plant. Since that time, the company has invested more
than US$400 million in upgrading the facility, which has become a significant
supplier of corn syrup and starch in Russia. Cargill has built a malt plant
and an additional sweeteners plant at the same location, investments totalling
more than US$100 million. In 2007, a vegetable oil refinery and bottling plant
were added to the Efremov complex. These facilities produce a range of liquid
vegetable oils and fats for the Russian market and supplies Russian own-label
and foodservice customers. An animal feed mill was added to the complex in
2009. In 2011 Cargill launched the production of pre starter and starter feed
for baby pigs and chicken on Efermov production site. The same year Cargill
and Tula Government signed the Agreement on investment into expansion of wheat
processing facilities at Cargill industrial Site in Efremov. Cargill currently
employs more than 1000 people in Efremov. 


Wendy Garbutt Tel: +44-(0)1932-861174
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