Cargill, Noting GMO Food Preferences, Tweaks Aspects of its Supply Chain

Gregory Meyer reported yesterday at The Financial Times Online that, “The world’s biggest agricultural commodities trader is taking steps to ‘de-commoditise.’

“That was the term invoked by a Cargill senior executive as he described how shifting food preferences were changing the Minneapolis-based company.”

Mr. Meyer explained that, “The term was jarring because Cargill for a century and a half has been known as a quintessential commodity merchant, handling rivers of grain, oilseeds, sugar and other foodstuffs.

“But as a growing bloc of consumers demand natural food, which lacks certain traits such as bioengineered genes, or food grown according to certain social or environmental standards, Cargill has tweaked aspects of its bulk supply chain.

“The company created a GMO-free corn syrup in response to changes at a confectionery customer, its annual report said. Marcel Smits, Cargill’s chief financial officer, explained in New York last week that to do so Cargill dedicated one plant to make it, representing 10 per cent of its volume in the sweetener. He also cited customer demand for yoghurt that was non-GMO, which reaches into the supply of grain used for cow feed.”

The FT article added that, “Cargill is one of the biggest cattle processors in North America, producing almost 8bn pounds of boxed beef and byproducts a year, according to its website. Now the company is able to ‘keep the meat of 20 animals separate all the way through, to the box that it ultimately goes into.'”

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