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US renderer and renewable diesel producer Darling Ingredients has announced a waste off-take agreement for a new beef processing plant planned by Cattlemen’s Heritage Beef Company.

The 2,000-head/day facility would be located in Mills County, Iowa, Darling Ingredients said on 14 February.

“This agreement… will… provide additional feedstock for our renewable diesel production and recently announced investment in sustainable aviation fuel production,” Darling Ingredients chairman and CEO Randall C Stuewe said.

In addition, Darling Ingredients announced that it planned to expand its rendering plant in Bellevue, Nebraska, to increase receiving and processing capacity.

Cattlemen’s Heritage Beef Company aims to provide a market for cattle raised by smaller, independent cattle producers.

Work is due to begin on its Mills County beef-processing plant this year, which is scheduled to become operational before the end of 2024.

Darling Ingredients is a leading renderer and operates more than 260 facilities in 17 countries and repurposes approximately 15% of the world’s meat industry waste streams into value-added products such as green energy, renewable diesel, collagen, fertiliser, animal proteins and meals and pet food ingredients.