Cargill kicks off construction of specialty fats plant in Port Klang
09 Nov 2021
US global food corporation Cargill has started the construction of its RM145 million specialty fats plant in Port Klang.
President and group leader for Cargill’s global edible oils solutions business Jennifer Shomenta said this is the first step in the company’s global, multi-year investment expected to exceed RM415 million to expand its portfolio in specialty fats.
“Specialty fats are incredibly popular due to their versatility and functionality.
“With this investment, we’ll be better positioned to support our customers’ innovation journey, equipped with the building blocks necessary to co-create tailored solutions that align with their unique needs,” she said in a statement.
Cargill will instal dry palm fractionation capacity, enabling the production of a range of specialty fats for use in chocolates, coatings, fillings and compounds, spreads, bakery fats, and other applications.
It will also further upgrade its Malaysia Edible Oils Research and Development Centre, enhancing lab equipment and pilot plants to align with the Port Klang facility’s new specialty fat capabilities.
The expansion is expected to be completed in late 2023, at which time Cargill will begin supplying finished specialty fats to customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and semi-finished products to Cargill facilities in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, South America, and North America.
The newly announced project comes on the heels of a nearly completed RM83 million upgrade to the facility which began just one year prior to enhance the site’s production capacity.