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Cargill and Delacon Partner to Create a Leading Plant-Based Phytogenic Feed Additive Company for Healthier Animal Feed

The acquisition will bring deep expertise in food additives, global presence and healthier food production.

MINNEAPOLIS and ENGERWITZDORF, Austria, June 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — 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 feed customers in this growing space, global agribusiness leader Cargill announced today that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire Delacon, the world’s leading expert in phytogenic feed additives. plants.

Plant-derived 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 declared Adrian Marcon, President of Cargill Animal Nutrition. “We are excited to expand our animal nutrition offerings with scientifically proven additives.”

“The combination of Cargill’s animal health technologies with Delacon’s phytogenics provides the next frontier for animal productivity and sustainable, healthy food production,” says mike johnson, leader of Cargill’s animal health technology business. “Partnering with Delacon’s talent 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.

Markus Dedl, CEO of Delacon, shared his enthusiasm: “It is my responsibility to provide the framework for Delacon’s future growth, to develop our ability to thrive and to take phytogenic expertise to the next level. The acquisition will broaden Delacon’s reach for future innovations. and making phytogenic food 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, Austriaremains 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.

About Delacon

For more than 30 years, Delacon has been dedicated to its vision of freeing the plant universe for a better life. To this end, the company manufactures plant-based solutions for the livestock and aquaculture industry. Using the power of nature, they are proven to maximize feed efficiency as well as a lasting impact on animals, people and the environment. Today, they are known worldwide as “phytogenetics”, and Delacon is recognized as the world’s expert in this field.

Delacon has a team of around 150 people in 25 countries around the world, 80 of them mainly work at the Delacon Hub in Engerwitzdorf, Austria. The Delacon Hub was completed in 2020 and unites production, laboratory and office building in one place. Delacon phytogenic products are exported to more than 80 countries,

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About Cargill

Cargill’s 155,000 employees in 70 countries work tirelessly to achieve our goal of feeding the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers to markets, customers to ingredients, and people and animals to the food they need to thrive.

We combine 155 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, finance and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Together, we are building a stronger and more sustainable future for agriculture. For more information, visit and our News Center.

Plant-derived phytogenic additives

Plant-derived phytogenic additives

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