The shrimp feed plant that Cargill has just opened in Guayaquil. (Photo: Cargill)
Cargill inaugurates cutting-edge shrimp feed plant
Friday, October 12, 2018, 22:10 (GMT + 9)
Cargill has formally opened a shrimp feed plant in Guayaquil, which the firm deems as the world’s most modern one, creating the potential for significant growth in the Ecuadorian aquaculture sector.
The factory demanded an approximate investment of USD 65 million and will make it possible to create 150 new jobs and 500 related positions.
With this plant, Cargill expects to be producing 165,000 tons per year, around 20 per cent of the 800,000 tons of feed that the Ecuadorian market demands currently. Ecuador is the world’s fourth largest shrimp producer, according to Global Aquaculture Alliance data.
“The plant we are opening today offers the most leading-edge technology currently available for the production of shrimp feed,” said Ángel Gómez, General Director Cargill Aqua Nutrition for Latin America North. “This helps Cargill deliver on its promise of guaranteeing the best production and service to our customers.”
The Vice President of Ecuador, María Alejandra Vicuña, attended the inauguration ceremony, formally kicking off production of two lines of feed, one under the Purina brand, the other under Aquaxcel.
“Cargill’s investment in Ecuador also allows us to help the country and its people thrive through the production of goods and services,” added Gómez. “Today we are showing our commitment to supporting the development of Ecuador’s shrimp industry by maximizing the country’s export potential.”
Cargill has over 50 years’ experience in global feed production, with operations in 40 countries.