Founded in Iowa in 1865, Cargill is a multinational company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA with over 142,000 employees in 66 countries. Cargill has been doing business in Germany since 1955. Initially, its core business was trading in agricultural products. In the 1990s, however, Cargill also became a processor of agricultural commodities by building an oil mill, an edible oil refinery and a malting unit. Today, Cargill does business in grain and oilseed, industrial starches, cocoa and chocolate, malt, refined oils, finance, starches and sweeteners, texturizing solutions, flavors and biodiesel. The company employs approx. 1,700 people at 14 locations in Germany. Cargill has been producing biodiesel and glycerin from vegetable oil at Industriepark Höchst since September 2006.