The acquisition includes spray dried liver hydrolysate products, spray dried liver products, other specialty dried products and spray drying technology for use in premium and super premium pet food.
Kemin will take ownership of ADF’s spray dried meat protein manufacturing facility in Verona, Missouri, locally known as the Verona South plant starting July 1, 2011. Kemin will install new processing equipment in the Verona South manufacturing facility to make Kemin’s premium PALASURANCE® brand of palatant products. Additionally, Kemin will continue to support select spray dried meat products originally produced by ADF.
ADF continues to be a global leader in the manufacture and sale of spray-dried egg and powdered chicken products for the premium and super premium pet food industry. ADF will continue to own and operate its drying facilities at the Verona North plant in Verona, Missouri and at its plant in Social Circle, Georgia.
“In addition to expanding our product portfolio to include meat protein products, this acquisition gives us a central location to manufacture and distribute our PALASURANCE brand of palatants - enabling us to continue providing pet food manufacturers with the best palatant technology and performance available,” said Giuseppe Abrate, president of Kemin Nutrisurance, Kemin Industries’ pet food division. “We have long been impressed by ADF and their operation and are pleased to welcome the ADF employees at the Verona South plant to the Kemin family.”
“We are confident that the Verona South employees will flourish under Kemin’s global growth strategy,” said Kurt Hellweg, president and CEO, American Dehydrated Foods, Inc. “Following the sale, ADF will continue to produce its remaining lines of high quality protein and fat ingredients for our customers in the pet food industry.”
Kemin, already the worldwide market leader in antioxidants for pet food, is rapidly expanding its worldwide palatant manufacturing operations, and this acquisition is part of Kemin’s global expansion plan. With the addition of the Verona South facility, Kemin increases its global capacity as a palatant manufacturer. Last year, Kemin opened a new, state-of-the-art palatant manufacturing facility in Veronella, Italy, and in 2008, Kemin acquired a controlling interest in Nord Palatabilizantes do Brasil in Brazil.
Kemin is also expanding at its headquarters location in Des Moines, Iowa with a $30 million investment in its manufacturing, research and corporate facilities. Kemin is currently pursuing expansion opportunities in Belgium, China, India, Russia and South Africa.
“This investment is one of many we are making in our commitment to the millions of pet owners who care about their pet’s quality of life,” said Chris Nelson, president and CEO of Kemin Industries. “Our expansion plans and related global investments are all part of our vision to improve the quality of life for people and animals throughout the world.”
Kemin – Inspired Molecular Solutions™
Founded in 1961, Kemin Industries (kemin.com) is celebrating its 50th anniversary of providing “inspired molecular solutions” specifically developed to provide nutrition and health benefits for humans and animals. Kemin manufactures and distributes approximately 500 specialty ingredients worldwide to the feed and food industries as well as to the health, nutrition and beauty markets. Kemin ingredients positively impact more than 1.4 billion people a day.
A global, privately-held corporation headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa (USA), Kemin has experienced double-digit growth in the last several years. The company has more than 1,300 employees and operates in 60 countries with manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.
About American Dehydrated Foods, Inc. (ADF)
ADF (adf.com) is a worldwide leader in manufacturing, marketing and distributing highly digestible protein and metabolizable fat ingredients for the premium and super-premium pet food industry. Since inception, ADF has been a market leader in the pet food ingredients industry with unique and innovative product offerings, and currently offers a broad array of high quality pet food ingredients in six distinct spray-dried product lines.
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