Cargill Wins PDMA’s 2023 Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award

Cargill Wins PDMA’s 2023 Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award


Cargill honored for reimagining what is possible for food and agriculture


(Wayzata, MN)  — August 17, 2023 – Today, the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) named Cargill as a recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award. Recognizing global innovation powerhouses such as Hershey, 3M, Medtronic, DuPont, Starbucks, BMW and Marriott – the OCI award is granted to organizations that deliver sustained and quantifiable success. This includes new products, services and the practices which have contributed to that success.

Chosen for “always innovating with the customer in mind” Cargill has built a strong foundation for achieving and sustaining innovation success through a well-defined innovation strategy and a culture committed to reimagining what is possible for food and agriculture. With global teams committed to innovating with purpose, Cargill helps its customers and partners overcome their biggest challenges and seize their greatest opportunities.

“Customer-driven innovation can’t happen without great innovators and strong partnerships,” said Florian Schattenmann, chief technology officer and vice president of R&D and innovation. “We’re thrilled to receive this award and be recognized alongside so many other innovative companies. Cargill is a place where innovators can deliver lasting and meaningful impact on a global scale. We are proud of the culture we’ve built to innovate with purpose, empower our customers and deliver sustainable solutions that address many of the world’s most pressing needs.”

For 36 years, PDMA’s exclusive Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award has become the premier honor for industry innovators. The OCI Award selection process provides an excellent mechanism for identifying companies that create and capture long-term value through product and service innovation.

“Cargill’s dedication to innovation and sustainability embody the evolving traits of a corporate innovator,” said Chris Swansegar OCI committee chair. “They are developing and executing unique innovation practices – building upon the core business – while enabling disruptive opportunities to enter new markets and define new business models. Congratulations to Cargill and their global teams, who are building for the future.”



About Cargill

Cargill helps the world’s food system work for you. We connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients and families with daily essentials—from the foods they eat to the floors they walk on. Our 160,000-plus team members around the world innovate with purpose, empowering our partners and communities as we work to nourish the world in a safe, responsible, sustainable way.

From feed that reduces methane emissions to waste-based renewable fuels, the possibilities are boundless. But our values remain the same. We put people first. We reach higher. We do the right thing. It’s how we’ve met the needs of the people we call neighbors and the planet we call home for 158 years—and how we’ll do so for generations to come. For more information, visit and our News Center.

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