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Cargill opens rapeseed crush plant in Montoir, western France

September 18, 2008
Cargill has inaugurated a new €65-million rapeseed crush plant in the port of Montoir in western France. The company has made the investment in partnership with Sofiprotéol, which promotes the marketing and processing of oilseeds in France. Cargill is the majority shareholder of the Montoir facility and will assume all managerial and operational responsibilities.

“Cargill has significant investments in this region of France, and the new plant complements our grain and oilseed operations in Saint-Nazaire and Brest”, said Hervé de Praingy, head of Cargill’s oilseed crushing and refining operations in France. “The state-of-the-art facility will supply the food, animal feed and biodiesel industries nationally and demonstrates the company’s importance to French agriculture.”

The Montoir plant will process up to 600,000 metric tonnes of rapeseed a year, increasing Cargill’s oilseed crush capacity in France by 50 percent. The vast majority of this will be sourced locally, providing a major new outlet for local farmers.

The rapeseed crushed will produce 250,000 metric tonnes of rapeseed oil per year, as well as 350,000 metric tonnes of rapeseed meal. The oil will supply the French food and biodiesel industries, with a significant volume transferred via pipeline to Diester Atlantique’s biodiesel production plant. The biodiesel produced by Diester Atlantique – in which Cargill is a minority shareholder – will help France meet the renewable fuel obligations outlined by the French government.
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