Cargill to enter into joint venture to increase shrimp feed production capacity in Ecuador

The company plans to own and operate the shrimp feed mill currently owned by Skyvest subsidiary Empagran located in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Skyvest’s shrimp-feed production facility in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Photos courtesy of Empagran
October 29, 2022

Cargill together with its partner Naturisa S.A. have reached an agreement to partner with Skyvest EC Holding S.A. to create a new joint venture that will serve Ecuadorian shrimp farmers’ increasing demand for high-quality shrimp feed.

Cargill first brought its world-class nutrition formulation expertise to Ecuador in 2015 when it partnered with shrimp-farming company Naturisa to build and operate a shrimp feed manufacturing facility under the name Aquacargill del Ecuador. “Since that time, the Ecuadorian shrimp farming industry has continued to grow, and there is a need to meet the increased demand for high-quality feed,” said Helene Ziv-Douki, president of Cargill’s aqua nutrition business.

Through this new joint venture with Skyvest, Cargill will expand its shrimp feed production capabilities to own and operate the shrimp feed production facility currently owned by Skyvest subsidiary Empagran, located in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The feed plant that will be operated by Cargill was built in 2018, has a production capacity of 156,000 metric tons and employs more than 200 people.

“Through this joint venture, Cargill will nearly double its production capacity, and we will improve our capacity to serve our customers and partners. We will invest in this facility and expand our offering of shrimp feeds under Cargill’s Aquaxcel brand to meet the increasing demand for feed among our customers,” said Angel Gomez, managing director of Cargill’s aqua nutrition business in northern Latin America.

“Our joint venture with Cargill has been a big success and a driver of growth for both organizations. We have established an excellent working relationship and we are excited to participate in this expansion to increase our production capacity of high-performance feed that will continue supporting the growth of the Ecuadorian shrimp industry,” said Francisco Sola, Naturisa president.

“We are excited that Cargill will bring its operational expertise and its deep knowledge of global supply chains and risk management to run this facility,” said Victor Ernesto Estrada Santistevan, owner of Skyvest. “The Cargill know-how will improve feed quality, and their willingness to invest in the plant will bring more high-quality feed to the market,” said Estrada.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the coming months.