Marking the 35th year of its operations in the country, Cargill announced the opening of its new headquarters in Gurugram and a new Cargill Business Services (CBS), office in Bengaluru. With a total footprint of over 2.35 lakh sq.ft., of new workspaces, the company puts its 5000 plus employees at the center of its growth plans in India.
The new headquarters, located in a LEED gold-certified building in Sector 62, Gurugram, was inaugurated by Patricia A. Lacina, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Embassy of the United States of America in New Delhi along with Ross Hamou-Jennings, Cargill’s APAC Chair, and Simon George, Cargill India President and will be open for employees starting August 2, 2022.
Since its entry into India in 1987, the company has a pan-India presence with businesses spanning across refined oils, food ingredients, industrial specialities, grain and oilseeds, cotton, animal nutrition and trade and capital markets.
CBS in India has grown to become Cargill’s largest global capability center and has been instrumental in unlocking Cargill’s full potential. With CBS majority workforce (comprising of millennials, the new 2 lakh sq.ft. office in Cessna Business Park, is built to foster flexibility and collaboration for this young workforce. With the addition of the new office, CBS will have a combined workspace of 3 lakh sq.ft. with 3800 seats in India.
Patricia A. Lacina, chargé d’affaires, a.i., Embassy of United States of America in New Delhi, said, “As two of the world’s largest agricultural producers, United States and India are partners in innovation, ensuring food security and facilitating trade. For 35 years, Cargill has exemplified US-India agricultural and economic partnership, serving as a trusted partner along the entire length of the farm-to-consumer supply chain. With its edible oil refineries and feed mills across India, it is providing distinct benefits as a job creator, and its investments and innovations support countless numbers of farmers in India and throughout the world.”
Simon George, president, Cargill India, said, “Both Gurugram and Bengaluru are talent hubs in India, and we have maximum number of employees in these locations. Hence, they are home to these newly opened workspaces. This is an important milestone to mark 35 years of Cargill in India and 75 years of Indo:US partnership. It is a reaffirmation of our deep experience, growth ambition and commitment to India. Our 5000+ employees in India are our greatest asset, and we have conceptualized this new space keeping in mind our experience over the last three decades and to foster a culture of collaboration and innovation. We continue to be guided by our people focus and to work together as One Cargill to serve our customers better.”
The company officially inaugurated the Food Innovation Center in Gurugram and has commenced the commercial trials of a post biotic brand, EpiCor. Approved by the FSSAI, EpiCor aims to improve customers’ gut health. The Innovation Center is also working with its customers on Sugar and Salt reduction in culinary sauces, and low saturated and no-trans-fat formulation in bakery products.
Arun Singhal, CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), said, “Research and Development in the food space is urgently needed to help new product development that can enable access to safe and nutritious food for consumers. We have been working towards this and private sector participants also need to support this mission. The Cargill Innovation Center is a step in the right direction to help bring global best practices as well as technology driven food innovations that cater to the evolving needs of Indian consumers, keeping health and safety at the forefront.”
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