Today, Cargill opened a new $28 million USD feed mill in Binh Duong province to better serve livestock farmers in South Vietnam. The mill is Cargill’s 12th animal nutrition facility in the country, its largest and most technologically advanced. Binh Duong provided a strategic location for Cargill to open this feed mill, thanks to its prime location, the province’s strong push to modernize its local agriculture industry, its move toward sustainable farming and its strong support for agriculture infrastructure development.
“Our customers expect us to keep innovating and adding value to their products and services. This new feed mill enables us to better serve our customers with advanced technology and safe, high-quality animal feed,” said Philippa Purser, group director, Cargill Feed & Nutrition. “This new facility gives us a platform for the co-prosperity of both Cargill and the livestock industry as we work with the government, local communities and partners to help build a sustainable feed industry with a long-term future in Vietnam.”
At an opening ceremony attended by 400 guests including local government officials, rural communities, customers, partners and employees, Nguyen Xuan Duong, general director of the Department of Livestock Production, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said, “Cargill feeds have been recognized and trusted by animal farmers and producers for high quality and safe food. The opening of Cargill’s 12th animal protein plant will help Cargill grow, along with Vietnam’s feed industry. I would like to recognize Cargill and highly appreciate the company’s valuable contribution to the development of Vietnam’s livestock production sector in the past years”.
The 48,000 square meter feed mill produces a wide portfolio of poultry and swine feed, and has an annual capacity of 240,000 MT. As Cargill’s largest and most innovative feed mill in Vietnam, a large portion of the plant’s operations are automated, allowing for increased operational efficiency and an enhanced customer experience, providing excellent service for a wide range of demands.
Animal protein consumption has been increasing in Vietnam and the trend is expected to continue in line with the country’s rapid economic growth and regional trends. After recovery from the recent market turbulence caused by large pork over supply during the last two years, Vietnam’s national feed market is expected to grow about 3 percent annually and it remains the largest commercial feed market in ASEAN. Meat, dairy and fish consumption is already driving higher protein intake in southeast Asian countries, particularly Vietnam, along with Myanmar and Indonesia, according to research from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).*
The research by EIU also reported that food safety concerns are accelerating the shift of preference toward healthier animal protein in countries like Vietnam. “Our uncompromising approach to feed safety, ingredient quality and product integrity gives us strong confidence to expand our investment to provide more healthy feed to serve the local farming industry and serve local consumers,” said Purser.
Making workplace safety a priority
Cargill takes workplace safety very seriously and is pleased to report that the construction of the feed mill, which started in January 2017, took place without any major workplace accidents. This equates to more than 1.2 million safe working hours without any Loss Time Accident.
*The Economist Intelligence Unit report: Separate Tables: Bringing together Asia’s food systems (September2018)
October 20, 2018 – Cargill