DECATUR, ILLINOIS, U.S.—Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) has entered into a strategic collaboration with Austria-based Anco Animal Nutrition Competence GmbH to provide Anco’s line of specialty feed ingredients to ADM Animal Nutrition customers.
“This collaboration will provide livestock producers with greater access to Anco’s range of specialty feed ingredients,” said Chuck Loefer, vice-president of ADM Animal Nutrition and Anco governance board member. “By providing our feed manufacturing and premix customers specialty ingredient solutions that help reduce risks of naturally occurring toxins in feed, we can help keep their animals — and their businesses — healthy and productive.”
Anco is a global feed additive business with a goal to design and deliver cost-effective feed solutions for pigs, poultry and ruminants to live up to their performance potential efficiently.
ADM has made an equity investment in Anco, and as part of the collaboration, is offering its customers a range of Anco specialty feed products, including the Anco FIT product line. Currently, ADM is offering Anco products to customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico, with more geographies to be introduced in the future.
“By leveraging the expertise of both ADM and Anco, this new partnership will help us provide poultry, swine and cattle producers with a range of high-quality products that contain natural ingredients, such as phytogenics and other compounds, that are carefully selected to help animals adapt to the nutritional stress factors often present in feed rations,” said Michael Eder, managing partner of Anco.
The announcement is the latest of ADM’s continuation to push into the feed sector. In May, the company reached an agreement to purchase a controlling interest in Industries Centers, an Israeli company specializing in the import and distribution of agricultural feed products. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval in Israel. ADM anticipates completing the deal in the coming months.
In mid-March, ADM expanded its feed footprint in China with the construction of a new feed-premix facility in Xiangtan, in the Hunan Province of central China, and the addition of aquaculture feed production lines at its existing Nanjing complex in Jiangsu Province, eastern China.
The company also has been focusing on its pet food and animal nutrition services in the past few months. In mid-January, ADM signed an agreement to acquire Crosswind Industries, Inc., a Kansas, U.S.-based producer of dry-expanded, dual-texture, semi-dry and semi-moist treat products for pets.
The company also announced it is investing to expand and modernize its pet food and specialty livestock feed operations in Effingham, Illinois, U.S. The Effingham facility is expected to be fully operational in late 2017 or early 2018.
ADM Animal Nutrition is a manufacturing, nutrition and marketing business offering a range of products for the animal nutrition market. Known as a leader in amino acids, ADM Animal Nutrition offers consistent, high-quality feed products, supplements, premixes, custom ingredient blends and specialty feed ingredients.