Cargill is investing €20M in its Sas Van Gent instant starch facility in the Netherlands as food manufacturers seek to deliver on increased consumer demand for convenience foods.
Instant starch is a key ingredient in many cold prepared foods, and worldwide demand has increased. According to analysis by Euromonitor International, retail volumes for ready meals, sauces, soups, cakes and pastries combined grew by 11% from 2013 to 2018, well above the growth of overall packaged food of 7% in the same period.
“Consumers have had to adapt their eating habits to their busier lifestyles, which has led to an increased demand for convenience food,” said Denis Palacioglu, starch product line manager for Cargill in Europe.
“This investment in the plant allows Cargill to deliver on the current consumer demand, and to prepare for even greater customer needs in the future.”
The project includes the construction of a new building and the installation of two new roll dryers in the Sas Van Gent production facility.
“High food-safety standards and hygienic process design principles are applied to ensure product quality,” said Cargill. “It is expected to go live in the summer of 2019.”