ADM enhances its Asia-Pacific footprint

Global ingredient company that just expanded into pet food private label, further expands in China with flavor facility.
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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ADM continues its swift expansion, opening the doors to a new automated flavor production facility in China.

The growth in China joins a major recent acquisition into the private label pet food space, acquiring a 75% ownership stake in private brand pet products leaders PetDine, Pedigree Ovens, The Pound Bakery and NutraDine (all companies under P4 Companies). 

The global ingredients and nutrition company based in Chicago also expanded through the acquisition of Sojaprotein, a leading European provider of non-GMO human nutrition protein solutions and the acquisition of Golden Farm, a state-of-the-art animal nutrition premix provider in Vietnam.

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The facility in Pinghu, Zhejiang Province, China, grows its footprint throughout the wider Asia-Pacific region, where it has more than 5,000 employees across more than 50 operations and business sites, including a recently opened state-of-the-art plant-based innovation lab in Singapore; technical innovation centers in China, Singapore, Australia, Japan and Vietnam; and production and processing facilities, grain origination, grain destination marketing warehouses and trading operations across the region. ADM also owns a strategic stake in Singapore-based Wilmar International Limited, a leading agribusiness and packaged food and oil company in the region.

The Pinghu facility ups the company’s flavor production, including for private label products, adding a 27,000-square-meter flavor production facility an hour of Shanghai. According to ADM, the plant features:

  • The latest in automated flavor lines with advanced dosing technology, along with technologies to ensure seamless and efficient management of complex processes.
  • Labs dedicated to flavor production, taste design and product development.
  • ISO 9001 and FSSC 22000 V5.1 certifications.
  • Capability to meet demand for specific dietary needs, including Halal and Kosher certified products.

“Since our acquisition of Wild Flavors in 2014, we've invested in organic growth, bolt on and platform M&A, and new innovations and technologies to build ADM into a premier global human and animal nutrition company," said chairman and CEO Juan Luciano. "Our strategic actions have benefited our customers and our shareholders alike: we're achieving key financial goals and delivering record results in no small part because we've become the partner of choice for customers around the globe as they meet growing and evolving demand for healthy, delicious foods and beverages from nature. Our new, leading edge flavor facility in Pinghu will serve as ADM's flavor supply hub in APAC, allowing us to leverage our expertise and leading-edge technologies and build out the ADM pantry to further meet customer needs and advance our growth strategy."