WINNIPEG—Cargill Limited has announced the company’s footprint in Canada’s canola industry now spans the entire food value chain. With the opening of a new state-of-the-art canola refinery located in Clavet, Sask., Cargill can now take canola from the creation of specialty seed breeding, to seed crushing, all the way to oil refining .
“This is a very exciting time for Cargill,” said Scott Portnoy, corporate vice-president and platform leader for Cargill Food Ingredients & Systems. “This new refinery means everything from the canola seeds grown to specialty consumer oils we refine are being produced right here in Canada, further highlighting Cargill’s commitment to Canada’s canola industry.”
The new facility has the capacity to refine one billion pounds of canola oil annually, making it Cargill’s largest refinery in North America. The company said the major investment demonstrates Cargill’s confidence in the continued growth and competitiveness of the canola industry in Canada and Saskatchewan.
“Saskatchewan can produce and process the food products the world wants,” Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart added. “This new refinery is a prime example of the opportunity that exists in the valued-added sector and we commend Cargill for their continued investment in our province and building on the incredible success of our agriculture and processing industry.”
The announcement follows news earlier this week of a Cargill canola processing facility opening its doors in Alberta.
Cargill now employs more than 8,000 people in Canada from British Columbia to New Brunswick.