MINNEAPOLIS — Cargill and AKV Langholt AmbA, its Danish potato starch partner, will invest $22.5 million in a new potato starch production unit at the Langholt facility in Denmark. The potato starches produced there will expand Cargill’s SimPure portfolio of functional native starches.
Last year Minneapolis-based Cargill launched the SimPure brand, which are starches that help deliver simple ingredient labels and provide process tolerance, shelf life and storage stability, according to the company.
The new plant in Denmark should start production in the middle of this year.
“This investment demonstrates Cargill’s commitment to providing our food manufacturing customers the functional native starches they need to meet the demand of today’s label-conscious consumers,” said Simon Waters, global food starch leader for Cargill. “Consumer demand for products made with familiar, trusted ingredients is increasing rapidly. However, these ingredients must also stand up to the diverse processing conditions of modern processing. We understand these competing needs and are using state-of-the-art processing techniques to make label-friendly starch solutions a reality.”AKV Langholt AmbA, a cooperative owned by 160 potato growers in Denmark, produces potato starch and potato protein as well as byproducts.