US food major Cargill to invest Rs 500 cr in India biz
Cargill India, a Rs 9,000 crore company and part of nearly USD 134 billion global group, sells edible oils and vansapati under Nature Fresh, Sweekar, Gemini, Rath and Sunflower Vanaspati brands.
The company is also planning to expand refining capacity of its three existing edible oil plants in India with an investment of about Rs 100 crore.
"We are in the process of establishing a corn milling plant in Karnataka with an investment of around Rs 400 crore. The capacity will be 800-1,000 tonnes per day. It will be our single largest investment in India," Cargill India Chairman Siraj A Chaudhry told reporters here.
The proposed plant will produce modified starch for the consuming processed food and pharma industries.
The company is scouting for land at Davangere in Karnataka for setting up the plant, Chaudhry said, adding that the facility is expected to commence operations by 3rd quarter of 2014.
On edible oil business, which contributes more than half of its revenue, he said the company would increase the refining capacity by 1,000 tonnes per day at a cost of about Rs 100 crore.
"The total investment of Rs 500 crore will be funded through internal accruals," he added.
Cargill India is also re-entering into branded wheat flour business
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