Release date: 2010-01-06

Kemin Acquires Encapsulation Technology and Expands Ruminant Portfolio

(Newswire Today) —  Des Moines, IA, United States, 2010-01-06 - Kemin Industries, Inc. announced today that it has acquired a majority share of an Italian manufacturer of encapsulation technology and products sold via distribution by Soda Feed Ingredients.


This acquisition expands Kemin’s already robust product portfolio of animal feed ingredients to include unique encapsulation technologies and new ingredients for the dairy industry.

“Nutritionists are constantly challenged to maximize the digestibility of sometimes poorly absorbed feed ingredients,” says John Springate, Ph.D., president of Kemin Agrifoods. “Sound encapsulation, or the ability to time the release of active ingredients, can target absorption of ingredients at specific locations in the digestive tract. This unique delivery system provides optimum absorption of ingredients for maximum nutrition and health benefits.”

“We look forward to joining the Kemin team as we merge our strengths together to better serve both Kemin and Soda customers,” says Giancarlo Alloa Casale, president of Soda Feed Ingredients. “Our unique encapsulation technologies will provide additional value to Kemin’s product portfolio, leading to new and greater nutritional and health solutions. Kemin’s global sales and marketing network will undoubtedly lead to greater distribution of our technology in the animal feed ingredient market.”

Kemin will invest resources in research and development to apply these technologies in the food, pet food, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries. Through the delivery of active ingredients with slow release technologies, Kemin will maximize the use of encapsulation with all product applications where there is a benefit to customers.

New Technology and Products
New encapsulation technologies include: spray freezing, fluid bed, pan coating and coacervation. These unique encapsulation technologies provide a targeted release in the gastrointestinal tract, application for rumen bypass and protection for hard to handle active ingredients.

Additional products acquired expand Kemin’s ruminant portfolio as well as enhance its acidifier portfolio. These products, available in select regions, include: LYS-50™, Col 24™, METHIOPLUS™, Butyprol™, RepaXol™, FormaXol™ and Finicid™.

LYS-50™ is a cost effective source of rumen bypass and intestinally released lysine for use in dairy cattle.

Col 24™ is a cost effective source of rumen bypass and intestinally released choline chloride for use in dairy cattle.

METHIOPLUS™ is a cost effective source of rumen bypass and intestinally released methionine for use in dairy cattle. METHIOPLUS is available in North America, Central America and parts of South America and Asia.

Butyprol™ is an encapsulated source of butyric acid with a low butyrate smell.

RepaXol™ is a unique blend of highly concentrated, encapsulated essential oils.

FormaXol™ is a coated source of formic acid with citric acid and encapsulated essential oils into one powerful microgranule.

Finicid™ is a source of acids and nutritional ingredients that assists with increasing enzyme activity during late stages of finishing pigs.

Kemin® – Inspired Molecular Solutions™
Founded in 1961, the Kemin group of companies ( provide health and nutritional solutions to the agrifood, food ingredients, pet food, human health and pharmaceutical industries. Kemin operates in more than 60 countries with manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and the United States.

The AgriFoods businesses of Kemin focus on Total Nutrition™ to help customers achieve a highly effective, consistent system of profitable animal production. The essential combination of Kemin products with good nutrition and solid animal husbandry ensures that customers around the globe maintain profitability while enhancing the health and well being of animals.

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Stephanie Wilson, 515-559-5482, stephanie.wilson[.]

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