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Cargill plans major canola crusher at Camrose

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Cargill brass were at Camrose last Monday to launch work on an 850,000-tonne-per-year crush plant just south of the community, about 80 km southeast of Edmonton.

“The facility will have the capacity to process both conventional and specialty canola seed, which will enable us to significantly increase our contracting programs in the area,” Ken Stone, Cargill’s commercial manager for Canadian canola processing, said in a release.

A spokesperson for Cargill, which already runs the largest canola crushing plant in Canada at Clavet, Sask., said the company expects to source canola within a 300-km radius of the new facility.

Cargill’s fellow processing giants Bunge and ADM operate crush plants respectively at Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., about 100 km north, and at Lloydminster, Alta., about 225 km east.

“Canola continues to be a very competitive crop for the Canadian grower and Camrose is an excellent location for value-added canola processing,” Mark Stonacek, president of Cargill’s North American grain and oilseed business, said in the company’s release.

In 2012-13, he said, canola acres in Canada were over 21 million, indicating the canola industry “will continue to grow, driven by competitive access to a large North American livestock industry for canola protein meal and continued strong demand for canola oil.”

Cargill’s other facilities at Camrose include the animal nutrition plant it built there in 1982, a Cargill AgHorizons grain elevator on the north side of town and an office for the company’s specialty canola program.

The Alberta Canola Producers Commission noted in a separate release that the planned Camrose plant would be the first new crusher to be built in the province in over three decades.

Cargill also announced last month it will add a canola oil refinery operation at its crusher at Clavet, Sask.

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