Cargill Wins Two 2024 BIG Innovation Awards

Cargill Wins Two 2024 BIG Innovation Awards

The company was recognized as an innovative organization for its work to advance the agriculture industry, and for Cargill and BAR Technologies’ ground-breaking project, WindWings, designed to decarbonize commercial shipping


(Wayzata, MN)  –January 10, 2024 — Cargill has been recognized for its innovation and R&D leadership with two 2024 Business Intelligence Group (BIG) Innovation Awards . The company’s efforts to harness the power of what’s possible to deliver lifechanging solutions that positively impact the world today and for generations to come were awarded in two categories:

  • Agriculture Organization: Awarded to Cargill for developing a culture, products and people who are consistently delivering innovative solutions for their community and customers.
  • Product: Awarded to Cargill and BAR Tech’s WindWings, launched in 2023, whose innovative and sustainable approach has caused market and customer disruption.

“By partnering with customers across the industry, we can create a better world. It’s that vision that drives our innovation culture at Cargill,” said Florian Schattenmann, Cargill’s Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Research & Development and Innovation. “Our 160,000 employees are delivering solutions to the food and agriculture industry’s biggest challenges. From nutrition and food insecurity to sustainability and the bioeconomy, it’s time to reinvent, redefine and reimagine what’s possible, together.”

Knowing there is an urgent need to produce more food to nourish the world’s growing population, Cargill is developing solutions to help customers grow and transport food with a lower carbon footprint.

“What matters most is making sure the world has the food it needs. It’s imperative we produce more food, more sustainably,” said Roger Watchorn, Cargill’s Senior Vice President, Agricultural Supply Chain and Corporate Trading. “By working together with farmers, Cargill’s innovations are fostering a decarbonized future for food and ag.”

This marks the second year Cargill received the BIG Innovation Award recognition, reinforcing the company’s ongoing commitment to transforming the future of the food and agriculture industry. Cargill’s two 2024 BIG Innovation awards included recognition for several sustainable solutions including:

  • Cargill and BAR Technologies’ ground-breaking innovation, WindWings set sail on open waters in August 2023. The vessel tested new technology that brings cutting edge wind propulsion to commercial shipping for the first time. WindWings is expected to generate average fuel savings of up to 30 percent on new-build vessels.
  • Regenerative agriculture programs like Cargill RegenConnect®, that train and reward farmers for adopting sustainable, regenerative farming practices.
  • Open-sourced satellite monitoring partnerships with AI-powered Satelligence, to track and detect signs of deforestation in real time.

“Innovation is driving our society,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer of the Business Intelligence Group. “We are thrilled to be honoring Cargill as they are leading by example and improving the lives of so many.”


About Cargill 

Cargill is committed to providing food, ingredients, agricultural solutions, and industrial products to nourish the world in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way. Sitting at the heart of the supply chain, we partner with farmers and customers to source, make and deliver products that are vital for living.

Our 160,000 team members innovate with purpose, providing customers with life’s essentials so businesses can grow, communities prosper, and consumers live well. With 159 years of experience as a family company, we look ahead while remaining true to our values. We put people first. We reach higher. We do the right thing—today and for generations to come. For more information, visit and our News Center.


About Business Intelligence Group

The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry award programs, these programs are judged by business executives having experience and knowledge. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.


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