Ewos CEO retains leading role in Cargill

CARGILL has completed its €1.35 billion acquisition of Ewos with the confirmation that Ewos CEO Einar Wathne will head Cargill Aqua Nutrition.
Wathne (pictured) will be based in Bergen, Norway, and be part of the Cargill Animal Nutrition leadership team, along with Sarena Lin, president of Cargill Feed & Nutrition, and David Webster, president of Cargill Premix & Nutrition.
‘Through our joint efforts we will bring together the world’s leading talent in research, nutrition and sustainable innovation to develop nutrition solutions that enable farmers to continue to grow their supply of healthy seafood, improve food production efficiency and reduce their impact on the environment,’ Wathne said.
‘Under Cargill ownership we will continue to have a significant presence in Norway, Chile and our other countries across the world.
‘Norway and Chile are the globally leading salmon markets where we have built sophisticated competence and state of the art research centres.’
In August, Cargill entered into an agreement with Altor Fund III and Bain Capital Europe III to acquire Ewos. The deal closed after meeting all necessary country regulatory approvals.
The acquisition makes Cargill’s animal nutrition business a leading player in the growing salmon feed industry, one of the most advanced and professionally managed segments in global aquaculture, the company said.
Ewos produces more than 1.2 million tonnes of salmon feed for the biggest salmon producers in the world.
It operates in all four the world’s major salmon farming regions: Norway, Chile, Canada and Scotland. In addition, Ewos has entered the feed market in Vietnam.
Joe Stone, Cargill corporate vice-president, said: ‘The combination of Cargill and Ewos is a fantastic, long-term growth story.
‘We are creating the global leader in aquaculture nutrition, enabling world class R&D, delivering innovative products and solutions and creating opportunities for the industry, our customers and our employees through shared values that will propel our growth.’
Cargill will now have an additional 1,000 employees across seven feed manufacturing facilities; three in Norway, and one each in Chile, Canada, Scotland and Vietnam, as well as two state-of-the-art R&D centres in Norway and Chile.
Sarena Lin said: ‘Our newly integrated organisation will create a powerful mix of market insight and expertise in innovation, nutrition formulation and global supply chains.
‘Our customers across all of our animal nutrition businesses will benefit by bringing our organisations together.’