Since 1899 our alcohol teams have been dedicated to producing quality alcohol from natural ingredients for food uses by fermentation of sugars and starches. With over a century of expertise in making alcohol, our product features constant pure quality and is consequently an essential and value-adding raw material for the food sector.
Meeting customers’ needs
In the spirit industry Cargill’s neutral grain and potable alcohol is used by many European spirits producers in their leading brands, including vodkas, gins, jenevers, liquors, pastis and cream liquors. A lot of distillers and bottlers place their trust in Cargill’s alcohol because of its excellent and constant taste and odor. In close cooperation with every customer, Cargill selects the optimal grade for each brand.
Cargill’s alcohol features constant pure quality and is consequently an essential and value-adding raw material for many leading distillers and bottlers. Our alcohol is also used as a processing aid in the production of chocolate and confectionery and as a solvent for colourings, fragrances and flavours. A specific grade is used in the production of natural vinegar.
Ensuring a consistent and high quality product
Our highly trained laboratory technicians work to ensure consistent quality and are supported by a large, dedicated, experienced and very professional panel of ‘noses’ who test the various grades of alcohol against strict requirements. Having organoleptic panels at our different production facilities gives us the opportunity to adapt to local sensoric wishes and standards. By partnering with our customers we provide them the best ethanol meeting their requirements, enhancing their products and ensuring the most stable quality.
Reliable Supply Chain
We manage and oversee the entire production process. Our ethanol production facilities located nearby our customers in north Europe are built with the newest technologies, providing stability and reliability. The ethanol produced in these plants is identical and therefore interchangeable, ensuring security of supply and shortest possible transport and communication lines.
Focusing on more sustainable production at our continuous potable ethanol fermentation facilities, our ethanol team has achieved a 23 percent increase in alcohol concentration by experimenting with new combinations and concentrations of enzymes and yeasts through fermentation process. As a result, this allows producing 23 percent more alcohol from the same inputs, significantly reducing the energy consumption and emissions per unit of alcohol and so, significantly reducing our environmental impact per liter.
Take a look at the video below to find out more about Cargill's sustainable production.
Alcohol is subject to excise duty. National authorities consequently stringently control all shipments of alcohol. The excise rates in the EU vary among the different member states and can amount to as much as 40 times the sales price. It is therefore imperative to adhere to the regulations in the EU member states in which we operate. Our alcohol can be delivered pure, without any additional products. In this case, consignees must have a license from their national authorities to receive ethyl alcohol under suspension of duty. Denatured alcohol can be exempt of duty, provided the national authorities accept the added product as a denaturant. We reiterate that the different EU member states each have their own policy regarding accepting these products. It depends on the national legislation if a specific license is necessary and under which conditions a consignee may receive the alcohol.
For more information please review the general European regulations regarding excise and check with your local excise authorities.