Cargill's Health & Food Technologies Expands Trehalose Marketing Efforts to Europe

MINNEAPOLIS - July 8, 2003 - Cargill Health & Food Technologies and Hayashibara Co., Ltd. have negotiated rights to the European marketplace for trehalose. This agreement positions Cargill Health & Food Technologies (H&FT) as the sole distributor of trehalose in Europe.

“We are excited about the potential for trehalose,” Ted Ziemann, president Cargill H&FT said. Cargill's ASCEND™ brand of trehalose is a unique sugar made from cornstarch that provides an ideal source of energy for people with an active lifestyle.

“Cargill's focus on the European market shows our increased commitment to providing our customers versatile ingredients. This agreement allows us to expand our geographic presence, leverage our resources and better serve multi-national customers who are interested in the compelling nutritional and functional properties of trehalose,” Ziemann said.

“Cargill also has exclusive rights to sell its ASCEND™ brand of trehalose into the food market in North, South and Central America that is produced using the Hayashibara technology,” said Jim Kappas, Cargill H&FT director of marketing.

ASCEND™ trehalose is well known for its ability to stabilize proteins and enhance flavors. Cargill's ASCEND™ brand of trehalose has a clean, mildly sweet flavor making it ideal for sports drinks and a variety of food applications.

Cargill Health & Food Technologies, based in Minneapolis, is a leading developer, processor and marketer of science-based, healthy ingredients for food and dietary supplements worldwide. H&FT is part of Cargill's Food System Design initiative in which food businesses work with customers to produce ingredient solutions for affordable, nutritious, convenient and appetizing consumer products. H&FT is a business unit of Cargill, Incorporated, an international marketer, processor and distributor of agricultural, food, financial and industrial products and services with 97,000 employees in 59 countries. Cargill provides distinctive customer solutions in supply chain management, food applications, and health and nutrition. For more information, please visit:

Hayashibara Co., Ltd. was founded in 1883 in Okayama, Japan to produce starch-based sweeteners. Since that time the company has been at the forefront of technological advances in starch sugar chemistry. Many of the processes common to the starch industry were pioneered by Hayashibara. Some of the notable discoveries include crystalline maltose, crystalline maltitol, trehalose, pullulan, and a stabilized form of ascorbic acid. The company has diversified into many fields including warehousing, packaging, shipping, real estate, photosensitive dyes, enzymes, and pharmaceutical products. Hayashibara has established several institutes, which support basic and applied research in carbohydrate and biologic sciences, as well as cultural programs to teach ancient traditions and arts. Additional information about the Hayashibara Group of companies can be found at

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