September 21, 2021

New York-listed ingredients solutions group ADM has expanded its global nutrition capabilities by opening an advanced flavour production facility in Pinghu, China.

The local entity, ADM Food Technology (Pinghu) Co., Ltd, runs the state-of-the-art and fully automated plant in Zhejiang province, designed to advance ADM’s regional growth. In a statement, CEO Juan Luciano said: “Our new flavour facility in Pinghu will serve as ADM’s flavour supply hub in Asia-Pacific, allowing us to leverage our expertise and leading-edge technologies and build out the ADM pantry.”

The 27,000 square metre production plant is located within an hour of Shanghai and has has some important features:

  • Automated flavour lines with advanced dosing, along with technologies to ensure seamless management of complex processes
  • Labs dedicated to flavour production, taste design and product development
  • ISO 9001 and FSSC 22000 V5.1 certifications
  • Capability to meet demand for specific dietary needs, including halal and kosher products.

ADM spending spree

The Pinghu project is the latest among ADM’s global growth investments. Other recent expansions include:

  • The planned acquisition of Serbia-based Sojaprotein, a European provider of non-GMO human nutrition protein solutions
  • The acquisition of Golden Farm, an animal nutrition premix provider in Vietnam.

ADM has more than 5,000 employees in the wider Asia-Pacific region, working across more than 50 operations and business sites. They include: a plant-based innovation lab in Singapore that was opened in April; technical innovation centres in China, Singapore, Australia, Japan and Vietnam; and production and processing facilities, grain origination, and trading operations across the region.

The company also owns a strategic stake in Singapore-based Wilmar International Limited, an agribusiness and packaged food and oil company. Luciano said: “Our strategic actions have benefited our customers and our shareholders: we’re achieving key financial goals and delivering record results, in no small part because we’ve become the partner of choice for customers meeting the growing demand for healthy foods and beverages from nature.”

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