phytogenic feed additives

Cargill buys Delacon company to achieve leading phytogenic feed additives business for healthier animal nutrition

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The world’s leading agribusiness company Cargill announced it has signed a binding agreement to acquire Delacon, the globally leading expert in plant-based phytogenic additives. The aim is to support feed customers in this growing space. “We’re excited to expand our animal nutrition offerings with science-proven additives,” said Adriano Marcon, Cargill animal nutrition president.

After a successful five-year partnership, Cargill and Delacon will build upon their combined deep history and long-term commitment to scientifically driven, sustainable customer solutions focused on animal health, feed efficiency, and performance,” he added.

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 uses a broad range of herbs, plants and their extracts, such as essential oils, to improve livestock and aquaculture performance and promote animal health.

Markus Dedl, Delacon’s chief executive officer, shared his excitement, “It is my responsibility to assure the frame for Delacon’s future growth, developing our ability to thrive, and taking phytogenic expertise to the next level. The acquisition will enlarge Delacon’s scope for future innovations and make phytogenic feed additives more available globally. Together, Cargill and Delacon will accelerate the pace of innovation and drive strategic, long-term growth.”

Particularly high growth potential

According to the vision of the international company, consumer preferences for natural food production and consumption of animal-based products are growing. Plant-based feed additives have particularly high growth potential as a component of healthy animal feed.

Combining Cargill’s animal health technologies with Delacon’s phytogenics provides the next frontier for animal productivity and sustainable, wholesome food production,” says Mike Johnson, leader of Cargill’s animal health technologies business. “Joining together with Delacon’s leading talent and technology to deliver improved profitability and performance for our customers.”

Standardized, specific and science-based combinations

The term phytogenic feed additive was coined by Delacon’s founders in the 1980s. Phytogenics are standardized, specific and science-based combinations of bioactive compounds found in plants.

Specific combinations of bioactives have proven efficacy and sustainability. 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 trial sites for phytogenic research.

Increased global presence and distribution of both organizations

Upon closing, the acquisition grows the global presence and distribution of both organizations, adding nearly 150 talented people to Cargill’s health technologies 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 phytogenic products, Cargill is further committed to research, innovation, sustainability and collaboration in the digestive and immune health space. The acquisition is expected to close mid-2022, subject to customary closing conditions. The terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Unlock the plant universe for better lives

For more than 30 years, Delacon is dedicated to its vision to unlock the plant universe for better lives. Serving this purpose, the company manufactures plant-derived solutions for the livestock and aquaculture industry. Using the power of nature, they have proven efficacy in maximizing feed efficiency as well as a sustainable impact on animals, people, and the environment. Today, they are known worldwide under the term “phytogenics”, and Delacon is recognized as the globally leading expert in this field.

Delacon has a team of about 150 people in 25 countries worldwide, 80 of them work mainly 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’s phytogenics are exported to more than 80 countries.

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