ADM Animal Nutrition recently opened an Animal Nutrition Technology Center in Decatur, Ill. The technology center is designed to serve the needs of the broad animal nutrition market, with a focus on ingredient and nutritional solutions development for pet foods, pet treats and aquaculture feeds, according to company officials.
"The Animal Nutrition Technology Center was built as a result of ADM’s commitment to research and growth in the animal nutrition space," said Ryan Lane, president, ADM Animal Nutrition, North America, a division of Archer Daniels Midland Co. "We recognize collaboration is the cornerstone of successful customer relationships and developed the center with this in mind. We’re proud to showcase our expertise and further enhance our capabilities with this facility serving as a global hub for research and development."
Features of the center, as described by officials, include a pilot extrusion facility, which is fully equipped to run multiple small batches in a single day to assess ingredient functionality in extrusion for use in pet foods/treats and aquaculture feeds; a pet food culinary kitchen; a feed evaluation laboratory with specialized screening, including in vitro and simulated digestion analyses; and an enzyme analysis laboratory to support the development of novel feed enzymes.
Recent acquisitions of Neovia—an international leader in value-added solutions for production and companion animals—and Crosswind Industries—a cutting-edge pet treat manufacturer—as well as renovations to specialty animal nutrition plants in the United States and China, further demonstrate ADM’s commitment to global growth of the business, company officials said.
"Over the past five years, ADM has significantly expanded its animal nutrition capabilities to meet increased customer demands for comprehensive research and accelerated speed-to-market," Lane said. "This facility allows us to work with customers to create solutions that meet the changing needs of consumers, all under one roof."
A video showcasing the new center can be viewed here.