A century of innovation and expansion: 1950–1974

Erwin Kelm becomes the first non-family member president; Cargill celebrates 100 years

In the 1950s, Cargill emerged as a major international merchandiser and processor of agricultural and other commodities. Building on strengths, Cargill began global initiatives with grain-and-oilseed exports and the development of a transportation and grain elevator system that enabled it to respond to worldwide demand for basic agricultural products.

In 1964, Cargill issued its first formal annual report to stockholders, which reported sales near two billion dollars; over 5,000 employees; expansion of a soybean plant in Spain, two feed mills and a seed plant in Argentina; and the purchase of the Hen Voerders Company to expand Cargill's feed operations throughout Europe. Grain handling and merchandising, soybean processing, flour and corn milling, seed and animal feed production, and salt processing fueled domestic growth and continued to play an active role beyond North America. Symbolically, the following year saw the one-hundredth anniversary of Cargill, and the tenth anniversary of Tradax, its Geneva-based extension.

1950 - 1974: A century of innovation and expansion