COBHAM, ENGLAND — Cargill on April 1 completed its acquisition of Royal Nedalco's alcohol business from its parent company Royal Cosun, including its production sites in the Netherlands and the U.K. Nedalco now becomes an integral part of Cargill's starches and sweeteners business in Europe.

Cargill and Nedalco — whose operating plants are adjacent to each other in both the Netherlands and the UK — have been business partners for many years. Cargill's wheat processing plants supply Nedalco with raw materials for its alcohol production process. This acquisition is therefore a natural extension and integration of the two companies' operations.

This deal involves Nedalco's head office in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands along with its production plants in Manchester, U.K. and Sas van Gent, the Netherlands. The two Nedalco plants produce about 1 million hectoliters of high quality potable and industrial alcohol per annum and employ approximately 100 people. For the Nedalco operations in Heilbronn, Germany the due diligence process is still ongoing. Nedalco's technology development activities are not part of this transaction.

"We are looking forward to building on Nedalco's market-leading position at the high end of the potable and industrial alcohol market in Europe, by tapping into its excellent reputation and the expertise of its employees," said Peter van Deursen, head of Cargill's starches and sweeteners business in Europe. "In addition, Nedalco's customers will receive access to Cargill's product offering and international services."