The Project

Anderson Engineering provided civil engineering, landscape architecture and survey services for Cargill’s new $6.4 million ingredient test center and lab in Savage, Minnesota. The Minnetonka-based agribusiness currently operates four other pilot plants for food-ingredient innovation. One is in Plymouth, Minnesota and the others are overseas in Belgium, China and Singapore.
The 6,500-square-foot building in Savage will triple the size of Cargill’s food pilot operations in the Twin Cities. Called the North American Pilot Development Center, the facility is next door to a 17,300-square-foot Cargill engineering-research lab and it should be fully running by late summer of 2020.
Construction of the new facility, which sits adjacent to Cargill’s existing Engineering Research & Development Lab in Savage, began in April 2019 and is fully operational since late summer 2020. The new Center complements Cargill’s state-of-the-art Minneapolis Research and Development Center and Cargill Food Innovation Center.

What We Delivered

  • A refinery pilot plant to create new oils and blends using the latest technologies to produce shortenings that have enhanced functionality for specific customer applications;
  • A state-of-the-art fats and oils crystallization center to process shortening, important for ensuring the right textures in newly designed products; and
  • A lab equipped to rapidly analyze key fats and oils quality parameters.