Consumer preferences for the production of natural foods and the consumption of animal products are increasing. Plant-based feed additives have particularly high growth potential as a component of healthy animal feed. To support animal nutrition customers in this growing space, Cargill has signed a binding agreement to acquire Delacon, the world’s leading expert in plant-based phytogenic additives.
“After a successful five-year partnership, Cargill and Delacon will build on their long combined history and long-term commitment to sustainable, science-driven customer solutions for animal health, feed efficiency and performance,” said said Adriano Marcon, president of Cargill Animal Nutrition. . “We are excited to expand our animal nutrition offerings with scientifically proven additives.”
“Combining Cargill’s animal health technologies with Delacon’s phytogenic products provides the next frontier for animal productivity and sustainable, healthy food production,” said Mike Johnson, Cargill’s animal health technology business manager. . “To partner with Delacon’s talents and cutting-edge technology to deliver improved profitability and performance to our customers.”
The acquisition combines Cargill’s global network and deep expertise in animal nutrition technologies with Delacon’s pioneering knowledge and market experience in phytogenic feed additives, a category that utilizes a wide range of herbs, plants and their extracts, such as essential oils, to improve livestock and aquaculture. performance and promote animal health.
The term phytogenic food additive was coined by the founders of Delacon in the 1980s. Phytogenetics are standardized, specific, science-based combinations of bioactive compounds found in plants.
Specific combinations of bioactives have proven their effectiveness and durability. They can have a positive effect on nutrient digestibility, performance, support resilience and at the same time contribute to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock. In addition, Delacon operates one of the largest industry-owned test sites for phytogenic research.
“It is my responsibility to provide the framework for Delacon’s future growth, developing our ability to thrive and taking phytogenic expertise to the next level,” said Markus Dedl, CEO of Delacon. “The acquisition will broaden Delacon’s reach for future innovations and make phytogenic feed additives more available globally. Together, Cargill and Delacon will accelerate the pace of innovation and drive long-term strategic growth.
Upon closing, the acquisition strengthens both organizations’ global presence and distribution, adding nearly 150 talented people to Cargill’s health technology business in more than 25 countries around the world. The Delacon Hub in Engerwitzdorf, Austria remains the strong center for phytogenic feed additives even after the acquisition.
With the addition of Delacon’s plant-based phytogenics, Cargill is further committed to research, innovation, sustainability and collaboration in digestive and immune health.
The acquisition is expected to close in mid-2022, subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the agreement are not disclosed.
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