Cargill, a global food corporation headquartered in Minneapolis, has extended the processing capabilities of its sweetener facility in Cikande, Indonesia, to more than double the company’s production capacity for organic, non-GMO tapioca syrup due to the robust consumer demand for label-friendly ingredients.
Tapioca syrup, derived from the cassava plant, is commonly used in culinary goods such as ice cream and snack bars and confectionery products such as hard candies, caramels, marshmallows, and gummies. Cargill claims that its portfolio comprises a wide range of carbohydrate profiles and dextrose equivalent levels, giving producers optimum formulation freedom.
Additional filling stations, blending and storage tanks, and warehousing renovations at the sweetener factory will allow it to meet its annual tapioca syrup production volume of 12,000 metric tons by 2024. Furthermore, because the factory is located near the key tapioca-growing regions in Asia, Cargill intends to address the demands of the fast-developing North American and Asian clean-label sweetener markets.
Cargill’s USD 2.4 million investment in the Cikande sweetener facility is part of the company’s continued efforts to improve its ingredient range and production capabilities to better support customers’ needs. Other significant investments made by the company include a joint venture with Thai modified starch maker Starpro and a USD 100 million investment in developing a new maize wet mill at its sweetener plant in Pandaan, Indonesia, to generate more corn-based starches, sweeteners, and animal feed ingredients.
(Source: Dairy Foods)