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ADM expands R&D capabilities with a new animal nutrition technology center

The new R&D center in Decatur, Illinois, USA is designed to serve the needs of the broad animal nutrition market, including aquaculture, with a focus on ingredient and nutritional solutions development.

ADM expands R&D capabilities with a new animal nutrition technology center

December 11, 2019


ADM Animal Nutrition opened a new animal nutrition technology center in Decatur, Illinois, USA. The facility offers capabilities to enhance customer collaboration and develop fully-tailored nutrition solutions.

The technology center is designed to serve the needs of the broad animal nutrition market, with a focus on ingredient and nutritional solution developments for pet foods, pet treats and aquaculture feeds. It features state-of-the-art technology, including:

  • A pilot extrusion facility, 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, providing an interactive experience for customers to aid in product development and product performance evaluations.
  • A feed evaluation laboratory with specialized screening, including in vitro and simulated digestion analyses.
  • An enzyme analysis laboratory to support the development of novel feed enzymes.

“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 of ADM Animal Nutrition, North America. “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.”

Recent acquisitions of Neovia and Crosswind Industries as well as renovations to specialty animal nutrition plants in the U.S. and China, demonstrate the company’s commitment to global growth of the business. “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. This facility allows us to work with customers to create solutions that meet the changing needs of consumers, all under one roof,” Lane said.

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