MBJ: Cargill and partners to open world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis
Cargill closed its corn syrup plant on Presidents Island in 2015, but the old site is getting new life.
Along with partner Calysta Inc., Cargill will open what it says is the world’s largest gas fermentation facility, which will make Calysta’s FeedKind protein. The FeedKind protein is a “family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients for fish, livestock and pets.”
The product is designed to be an alternative to fishmeal.
“Cargill has been a part of the Memphis community for 40 years. With the strong support of the state of Tennessee, Shelby County and City of Memphis, we are pleased that the venture chose to locate the facility in Memphis,” said Brian Silvey, Cargill’s global vice president of bio-industrial, in a news release. “The venture’s building of a state-of-the-art fermentation facility on the existing Cargill Memphis site reaffirms our commitment to the community and state and our pledge to strategically invest in aquaculture as an ever increasingly important source of protein.”
The facility will come online in 2018 and hire 75 permanent employees. It will then expand to employ 160 when fully operational.