About Cargill in Belgium

Cargill was established in Belgium as Cargill nv via a grain importing office in Antwerp in 1953. We now have over 1000 employees in eight locations: Antwerp (two locations), Izegem, Gent, Herent, Vilvoorde, Mechelen and Mouscron. The company has a number of different and diverse operations in the country, including the production of food ingredients and the processing, distribution and trading of a variety of agricultural products. Cargill’s European Headquarters for its food businesses and Cargill's R&D Centre Europe, Cargill’s primary technical centre serving Europe, the Middle East and Africa are also located in Belgium.

We have activities in the following areas in Belgium:

  • Industrial chocolate production and sales
  • Sweeteners and starches sales
  • Malt production and sales
  • Grain and oilseed crushing, refining, bottling, hardening and sales
  • Speciality texturising ingredients
  • Research and Development

Recent Cargill investments in Belgium

Since its establishment in the port of Antwerp in 1953, Cargill has grown substantially, some of the most recent Cargill investments in Belgium are:

2008Cargill finished the construction of its multiseed, crush, refinery and biodiesel plant in Ghent.
2006Cargill formed a joint venture Bioro with Biodiesel Holding and the Vanden Avenne Group to construct a 250,000 ton biodiesel plant in Ghent.
2005Cargill initiated significant investments at its Mouscron industrial chocolate facility.
 Cargill initiated significant investments at its Izegem facility to boost the production capacity of liquid and tropical oils.
2003Cargill opened a new office in Mechelen, which became the new European head office for its food businesses.
2002Cargill acquired the remaining 50% of the shares in AOP’s bottled oils business from Vandemoortele.
 Cargill acquired Cerestar, a leading provider of starch and starch derivatives - the largest acquisition in Cargill's history. This acquisition included Cerestar's research and development laboratory in Vilvoorde.