News Column

Cargill Sells Off Business Unit

Oct. 26, 2012

Janet Moore, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Royal DSM said early Friday that it has reached an agreement with Minnetonka-based Cargill to acquire Cargill's cultures and enzymes business in an all-cash deal worth about $109.7 million.

The transaction is expected to close in the next few months.

DSM, a Dutch life and materials sciences company, and Cargill confirmed in mid-September that they were in talks about the business.

The cultures and enzymes operation forms part of Cargill's global texturizing business with facilities in Wisconsin and France. The $58 million business manufactures cultures and enzymes for the dairy and meat industries and employs about 200 people.

The global market for cultures and enzymes is valued at approximately $1.3 billion, according to Reuters.

Source: (c)2012 Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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