Cargill has been recognised for its innovation and R&D leadership with two 2024 business intelligence group (BIG) innovation awards. The company’s efforts to harness the power of what’s possible to deliver lifechanging solutions that positively impact the world today and for generations to come were awarded in two categories:
Agriculture organisation: Awarded to the company for developing a culture, products and people who are consistently delivering innovative solutions for their community and customers.
Product: Awarded to the company and BAR tech’s windwings, launched in 2023, whose innovative and sustainable approach has caused market and customer disruption.
Florian Schattenmann, Cargill’s chief technology officer and vice president of research & development and innovation, said, “By partnering with customers across the industry, we can create a better world. It’s that vision that drives our innovation culture at Cargill. Our 160,000 employees are delivering solutions to the food and agriculture industry’s biggest challenges. From nutrition and food insecurity to sustainability and the bioeconomy, it’s time to reinvent, redefine and reimagine what’s possible, together.”

Knowing there is an urgent need to produce more food to nourish the world’s growing population, the company is developing solutions to help customers grow and transport food with a lower carbon footprint.

Roger Watchorn, Cargill’s senior vice president, agricultural supply chain and corporate trading, said, “What matters most is making sure the world has the food it needs. It’s imperative we produce more food, more sustainably. By working together with farmers, Cargill’s innovations are fostering a decarbonised future for food and ag.”

This marks the second year the company received the BIG innovation award recognition, reinforcing the company’s ongoing commitment to transforming the future of the food and agriculture industry. The two 2024 BIG innovation awards included recognition for several sustainable solutions including:

The ground-breaking innovation, windwings by yara marine which set sail on open waters in August 2023. The vessel tested new technology that brings cutting edge wind propulsion to commercial shipping for the first time. Windwings is expected to generate average fuel savings of up to 30 percent on new-build vessels. Regenerative agriculture programs like Cargill Regenconnect, that train and reward farmers for adopting sustainable, regenerative farming practices. Open-sourced satellite monitoring partnerships with AI-powered satelligence, to track and detect signs of deforestation in real time.

Maria Jimenez, chief nominations officer of the business intelligence group, said, “Innovation is driving our society. We are thrilled to be honouring Cargill as they are leading by example and improving the lives of so many.