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About Cargill

Across many different markets and industries, we work every day to help the world thrive.

We work alongside farmers, producers, manufacturers, retailers, governments, and other organizations to fulfill our purpose to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Together, we create efficiencies, develop innovations, and help communities thrive.

Cargill in France

Cargill first began trading corn and soya in 1964 in Saint-Nazaire in France.  

The company’s presence is concentrated in the west of the country, France’s main farming region, where most of Cargill’s sites are based. These close links to farming areas and the know-how developed to enhance production have allowed Cargill to become a key partner in the agricultural and agri-foods industries.

Cargill’s investments in France over recent years have ensured the company’s place beyond trading and oleaginous.

In particular, Cargill has become a major player in the supply of starch (after acquiring Cerestar in 2002), industrial chocolate (following the purchase of OCG Cacao at the end of 2003) and especially food ingredients (purchasing Degussa’s food activities in 2006). In 2011, Cargill acquired Provimi, an international company specialising in animal nutrition.

The company’s registered offices, located in Paris La Défense, provide commercial services, marketing and administration of the activity "starches, sweeteners, and texture agents", commercial services of the cocoa and chocolate business, oils, animal nutrition, and Truvia. It also supports the functions, such as finance, tax, legal, marketing, sales and client services.

Today, Cargill offers a broad range of products and services which include:

  • Managing agricultural risks.
  • Trading in and processing of oilseeds: rapeseed and sunflower seeds produced in France, importing soya, bottling of oil and production of biofuels.
  • Nutritional expertise for the animal husbandry and animal feed sectors.
  • Production of food ingredients.
  • Production of starch and derivative products.
  • Manufacture of chicken-based products.
  • Manufacture of cocoa-based products.

Key dates and major investments for Cargill in France

2018.  Cargill acquires the remaining 25% of the Montoir-de-Bretagne rapeseed crush site from partner Avril group (Saipol). 

2011.  Cargill completes the acquisition of Provimi, a leading global producer of animal feed.

2008.  Cargill’s biobased polyurethanes business opens a European Sales office in Haubourdin. The same year Cargill builds and opens a new rapeseed crushing plant in Montoir for the supply of vegetable oil to Saipol (Avril group) for biodiesel production.  

2006.  Cargill acquires Degussa’s food ingredients business, including its French sites in Baupte and Redon.

2003.  Cargill acquires OCG Cacao’s industrial chocolate business.

2002.  Acquisition of the remaining 50% of the AOP bottling company, located in Château-Gontier.

2002.  Cargill acquires the remaining 50% of AOP bottled oils joint venture from Vandemoortele. Cargill also acquires Cerestar – a leading provider of starch and starch derivatives.

At A Glance

Cargill at a Glance

Quick introduction to Cargill with financial summary.

Company Overview

Company Overview

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world.

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Cargill invests in local communities through economic development, partnerships and giving combined with the volunteer efforts of our employees.

Corporate Annual Report

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Our Corporate Annual Report combines our financial and corporate responsibility performance in a manner that reflects our intersecting focus on purpose and profitability. (English)




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Paris La Défense

Cargill France SAS
Tour W
102, Terrasse Boieldieu
92085 Paris La-Défense Cedex
Tel : 01 47 44 10 00