Rising food consumption drives Cargill’s expansion of cold-water swelling starch production in Indonesia

Expansion will double production capacity to better serve food manufacturers, particularly in the convenience and foodservice categories.

Cargill has planned to double its cold-water swelling starch production capacity at PT Sorini Agro Asia Corporindo, its sweetener plant in Pandaan, Indonesia. The expansion is expected to be completed by May next year.

Franck Monmont, managing director of Cargill Starches, Sweeteners and Texturisers Asia, said: “Since the start of our cold-water swelling starch line in Pandaan three years ago, we have provided customers in the region with shorter delivery lead times, increased supply reliability, and more cost-competitive, Asia-focused specialty starch products. Along with our recent announcement of a US$100 million investment to build a corn wet mill and starch dryer at the same site, this latest development reaffirms Cargill’s confidence in Asia as a leading food and beverage market, as well as our long-term commitment to support both Asian and global consumption needs as a trusted and innovative food ingredients company.”

The Pandaan expansion complements existing lines in North America and Europe to further strengthen Cargill’s cold-water swelling starch manufacturing capabilities worldwide. Derived from plant origins, cold-water swelling starches are regarded as an instant starch solution that give textures to end products, while offering improved viscosity, better dispersibility, and more flexibility in processing. They can be used for sauces and dressings, snacks, bakery goods, as well as bakery fillings and cold prepared dairy products.