Cargill eyes expansion of its personal care business

By Simon Pitman

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Cargill eyes expansion of its personal care business

Related tags Personal care Cosmetics

Agrofood giant Cargill is aiming to expand its footprint in the cosmetics and personal care arena, and has announced a new leader to head up the global team.

Tony Jaillot will take charge of the company’s personal care business as Global General Manager, in an appointment that takes immediate effect.

The company is targeting the still fast growing market for natural-based ingredients by focusing on products that are derived from plants, a point that Jaillot will be platforming in his bid to further expand the business.

Playing on it food heritage

Jaillot brings more than 20 years of experience in the formulation and ingredients side of the personal care and cosmetics industry and before joining Cargill he had also held leadership roles at companies including BASF and Gattefossé.

The company’s personal care business has developed off the back of its heritage and reputation in the food industry, where it is a household name.

However, now the challenge that Jaillot will be charged with is to help extend that identity beyond the food category and into the parallel industry of cosmetics and personal care.

Broad portfolio of ingredients

“Based on our heritage and expertise as a manufacturer of food ingredients, we have successfully developed one of the broadest portfolios of plant-based personal care ingredients, including texturizers, ethanol, glycerin, polyols and plant-derived lipids,”​ said Colleen May, senior sponsor of Cargill’s personal care business in a press communication.

“Tony’s deep understanding of the personal care market will support Cargill’s growth plans and ambition to serve personal care manufacturers looking for more plant-based and sustainably sourced ingredients, as well as integrated formulation expertise.”

Although transparency and accountability are a more developed notion in the food industry, the idea is becoming increasingly important to consumers of cosmetic and personal care products.

Transparency and accountability

Executives at Cargill believe they are in a position to translate these already highly developed foundations for their food business, into the personal care business – a notion Jaillot is also stressing as he takes over the reins.

“The personal care market is increasingly driven by consumers who have a growing interest in the origins of the ingredients used in the end product, and how these impact personal health and wellbeing,”​ he said.

Jaillot also stated that the resulting portfolio of plant-based ingredients was unrivalled in the industry, and backed up by deep application expertise, he believes this is where the company has the vital competitive edge.

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