To meet increasing demand from medium and large livestock farms and feed millers in the Philippines and countries in Southeast Asia, Cargill announced the opening of its first animal nutrition premix plant in the Philippines.
An opening ceremony was held Dec. 7 at the plant in the First Bulacan Industrial Park in Malolos, Bulacan. Cargill invested $12 million to open the plant, where 50 local employees will produce animal nutrition premix solutions that will be available to customers under the Provimi brand.
"The Philippines and Southeast Asian countries are seeing increased consumer demand for meat products, especially pork and chicken. This is great news for the growth potential of local livestock farms and feed millers," said Noel Kim, general manager of Cargill Provimi, Philippines. "At our premix plant, Cargill can now manufacture the animal nutrition products these producers need to sustainably deliver high-quality, safe, affordable meat to consumers."
Chuck Warta, president of Cargill Premix & Nutrition, said, "Cargill is committed to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. With the population and income growth driving demand for animal protein in the region, Cargill knows how important it is to invest here, supporting local farmers and creating additional job opportunities as a result of our growth."
Malolos Mayor Christian Natividad praised Cargill's presence in the area as a boon for the local community, saying the city "is appreciative of Cargill's presence -- a big boost to our cities' economic and employment opportunities. We hope to reciprocate by providing all the needed assistance and better business ambience to make Cargill's project a success."
For his part, Ralph Bean, agricultural counselor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service, commended Cargill's investment, noting that the plant is "one of U.S. agriculture's many investments in Philippine agriculture, and it heralds a strong partnership and a bright future for all going forward. The plant will provide products that will enable Philippine farmers to ensure greater productivity, reliability and quality in the end products that go onto Philippine dinner tables."
The premix plant is one of two important plant openings for Cargill in the Philippines this week, as the company also announced the opening of a poultry processing facility that is a joint venture with Jollibee in Batangas. The two plants strengthen Cargill's presence in Asia Pacific, where the company employs 54,000 employees across 16 countries, the announcement said.