Cargill acquires Owensboro Grain Company

Cargill and Owensboro Grain Company, a fifth-generation family owned soybean processing facility and refinery located in Kentucky have announced they have entered into a definitive agreement where Cargill will add Owensboro to its North American agricultural supply chain business.

Owensboro was founded in 1906 as a small grain merchant and today operates a fully integrated soy processing facility producing soy products including protein meal, crude and degummed oil, lecithin, various blends of refined vegetable oil and others. The addition of Owensboro will enhance Cargill’s efforts to modernise and increase capacity across its North American oilseeds network to support growing demand for oilseeds driven by food, feed and renewable markets.

“We are pleased to welcome Owensboro Grain Company into our Cargill family,” said Leonardo Aguiar, President of Cargill’s North American agricultural supply chain. “Our two companies have tremendous operational histories, similar heritages as grain merchants, and values, including an unwavering commitment to prioritising people. Additionally, this is a significant milestone in Cargill’s journey to create a connected and modernised grain experience for our customers,” said Aguiar.

“We are excited for this new chapter in the life of Owensboro Grain Company and believe an acquisition by Cargill will ensure the long-term success of the company,” said Helen Cornell, President and CEO of Owensboro Grain Company. “Cargill has the ability to capitalise on growing opportunities in the industry, such as renewable energy. The acquisition will ensure that Owensboro Grain Company, its employees, farmers, customers and the community are best positioned for the future.”

“We are excited to transfer ownership to another multi-generational family held enterprise with global access to markets and capabilities to ensure the future growth of our business. Cargill has the global resources necessary to support Owensboro Grain Company’s growth goals and operations,” Helen added.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but the transaction, which has been approved by the Boards of Directors of Cargill and Owensboro Grain Company is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The deal is expected to close in early 2023.

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