Cargill halts hydrogenated oil output at Wichita

by Josh Sosland
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WICHITA, KAS. — Production of hydrogenated oil at the Wichita edible oil refinery of Cargill will cease in August, the company has announced.

Production of hydrogenated oil will be shifted to other Cargill facilities, the company said.

"The demand for hydrogenated oils has decreased significantly as a result of trans fat reduction in foods, therefore leaving the plant underutilized," said Mike Venker, president of Cargill Dressings, Sauces and Oils. "We made every effort to keep the production at the plant, but ultimately could not achieve acceptable production efficiencies."

Cargill said the Wichita plant will continue to produce salad oils and various blends.

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