Cargill’s North American Food Ingredients and Bio Industrial business has signed a long-term strategic agreement with international ingredients distributor Univar.

Univar Food Ingredients serves as a trusted advisor in sourcing food ingredients to address the ever-evolving consumer preferences.

The deal will allow Cargill’s ingredients arm to expand the distribution of its range of starches, sweeteners, cocoa, texturisers and oils to new consumers through Univar’s global distribution network.

These ingredients will support trends in food formulation such as gluten-free, clean-label, and ‘free-from’ certifications.

Univar focused industries vice-president Gerald Briand said: “In a fragmented distribution network, expanding our business relationship with Cargill allows Univar to offer our customers an even broader selection of high-quality, innovative ingredients.

“This new agreement strengthens Univar’s position as a leading food ingredients provider and trusted advisor to food producers in a wide variety of categories.”

“This new agreement strengthens Univar’s position as a leading food ingredients provider and trusted advisor to food producers in a wide variety of categories.

“Our global reach, focus on safety, and technical formulation expertise provide a strong value for food formulation customers.”

For Univar, the deal will help strengthen its portfolio of food ingredient brands and also provide new products to its clients in the bakery, prepared foods, meat, poultry, seafood, snacks, dairy, and beverage categories.

Cargill Incorporated North America – Food Ingredients and Bio commercial leader Pat Rogers said: “This partnership will bring improvements to supply chain, e-commerce, technical applications support, and other critical components that bring value to the overall customer experience.”