Cargill has reached an agreement to acquire Konspol, one of Poland’s leading value-added food companies, providing an array of products in the chilled convenience, frozen and cold cut categories. This acquisition marks the introduction of the former’s global protein business into the Polish market and strengthens its global poultry footprint, expanding operations to 14 countries.
Under the agreement, which is subject to regulatory approvals, Cargill will purchase the Polish assets of Konspol’s food and fresh chicken business. Cargill will also acquire Konspol’s portfolio of products, including branded and private label offerings, as well as its customer and supplier relationships.
Konspol has over 1,700 employees in Poland and operates a feed mill, five broiler farms and two processing complexes. The acquisition will increase Cargill’s production capacity and proximity to existing customers to offer expanded value-added and poultry products. Upon completion of the acquisition, Cargill plans to continue to grow and develop the business.
“Konspol’s commitment to high-quality food and passion for innovation is the perfect fit for Cargill’s Global Poultry business. This acquisition allows us to better serve our customers through a diversified portfolio of value-added products,” said Chris Langholz, President of Cargill Global Poultry. ”Konspol is a strong and established fresh chicken and value-added food company whose products are the preferred choice across Poland.”
“Cargill is a company with huge accomplishments and a global reach. It is also family-owned company that shares our values,” said Kazimierz Pazgan, founder, Konspol, adding, “I am certain this is the best guarantee of a future for Konspol, a company I have expanded with my family for almost 40 years.”
Currently Cargill employs over 1,700 people in 22 locations across Poland and operates 19 animal feed mills, a premix-oriented facility, a wheat glucose syrup and ethanol production plant.
New range of label-friendly potato starches
Cargill is expanding its portfolio of label-friendly functional native starches with the addition of three potato starches designed for meat, meat alternatives and culinary applications.
The products, which will be available worldwide under the SimPure brand, have been designed for mild processing conditions. These starches offer superior viscosity and an improved sensory experience, without compromising on taste and appearance.
“In today’s marketplace, consumers are scrutinizing product labels like never before,” said Laura Goodbrand, starch product line manager, Cargill Europe.
“Changing consumer preferences highlight the desire for foods made with simple, recognisable ingredients, yet they still expect the same sensory and texture experiences. As we continue to grow our SimPure portfolio, delivering on those competing needs drives our product development efforts,” she added.
Designed for use in low-processing conditions, Cargill’s newest SimPure starches offer food developers a range of options for both instant and cook-up applications.
SimPure 99500 creates firm and meaty textures without the salty taste as a result of its water-binding capabilities. This cook-up starch is a cost-effective texturizer designed for meat and meat alternatives.
SimPure 99530, a functional cook up starch, delivers superior dispersibility, ideal for use in dehydrated culinary and dairy applications for immediate consumption. Easy to use in both industrial and home settings, it has a delayed but full-viscosity development, which means no lumping when mixed with hot water and top-quality texture in the final product.
SimPure 99570 and 99571 are two new instant viscosifying starches designed for use in cold prepared soups, sauces, desserts and fillings. These functional starches differ in particle size to offer either a smoother texture (fine particle size) or a pulpier texture (coarser particle size).
“As a global leader, we continue to explore and invest in ingredients that help our customers deliver label-friendly products with great taste and texture,” commented Kailee Petersen, starch product line manager, Cargill North America.
“These new SimPure functional starches are proof of this ongoing commitment, and we will continue to expand the SimPure line, adding texturizing solutions that use familiar ingredients to provide the functional, label-friendly options our customers require.”
The SimPure native starch portfolio was launched in October 2017 to address consumer demand for label-friendly products. The first tailor made starch, SimPure 99560, was designed to effectively replace modified starches in frozen meals and slow cooked meats.
Earlier this year, Cargill and its Danish potato starch partner, AKV Langholt AmbA,- invested in a new potato starch production unit at their Langholt facility in Denmark which was officially inaugurated on August 24, 2018. The new SimPure products have been produced at this state-of-the-art processing facility, with more products in development.