Cargill held a grand opening this week for the company’s canola refinery at Clavet, Saskatchewan.
The facility is designed to refine approximately 450 thousand metric tonnes (1 billion pounds) of canola oil annually, making it Cargill’s largest refinery in North America. It sits adjacent to Cargill’s canola crush facility at Clavet, which after expanding in 2009, can process 1.5 million metric tonnes of canola per year. The refinery adds about 30 jobs to Cargill’s workforce in Clavet.
The completion of the refinery earlier this year was symbolic for Cargill as the company can now say it spans the entire canola value chain in Canada, from developing specialty canola seed to refining it.
“This is a very exciting time for Cargill,” said Scott Portnoy, corporate vice president and head of Cargill Food Ingredients & Systems. “This new refinery means everything from the canola seeds grown to specialty consumer oils we refine are being produced right here in Canada, further highlighting Cargill’s commitment to Canada’s canola industry.”
The opening of the Clavet refinery comes just days after the grand opening of Cargill’s new canola crush plant at Camrose, Alberta. The Camrose facility is designed to process over 1 million tonnes annually.
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