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Cargill acquires Delacon to create plant-based phytogenic feed additives

As consumer demand increases for natural food production, plant-based feed additives are a viable component of healthy animal feed. By acquiring Delacon, a global expert in plant-based phytogenic additives, Cargill is working to support its feed customers in this growing space.

“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,” says Adriano Marcon, Cargill animal nutrition president. “We’re excited to expand our animal nutrition offerings with science-proven additives.”

By combining Cargill’s global network and expertise in animal nutrition with Delacon’s knowledge and market experience in phytogenic feed additives, a term the company coined in the 1980s, the acquisition will improve livestock and aquaculture performance and promote animal health. Located in Austria, Delacon operates one of the largest industry-owned trial sites for phytogenic research.

Phytogenics are standardized, specific, and science-based combinations of bioactive compounds found in plants. Certain bioactive combinations have proven efficacy and sustainability. They not only have a positive effect on nutrient digestibility, performance, support resilience but also contribute to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock. 

“The acquisition will enlarge Delacon’s scope for future innovations and make phytogenic feed additives more available globally,” says Markus Dedl, Delacon’s chief executive officer. “Together, Cargill and Delacon will accelerate the pace of innovation and drive strategic, long-term growth.” 

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