Business news: Mergers in sector continue

08-02-2016 | |
Business news: Mergers in sector continue
Business news: Mergers in sector continue

Various companies in the poultry and agricultural business announced take overs, mergers, growth or ambitious future plans. Where is the action and what is there to look out for? A quick summary.

Agro Korn sold to AB Agri

Danish animal nutrition company Agro Korn has been sold to UK animal nutrition company AB Agri, as from February 1, 2016. AB Agri has created a new company which will take the ‘Agro Korn’ name; the business will continue to be based in Videbæk, Denmark.

AB Agri, part of Associated British Foods, is a multi-national animal nutrition business selling its products and services into 65 countries. The acquisition of Agro Korn represents a major investment by AB Agri. The companies intend to combine the technical expertise of both businesses to deliver further innovation in their premix, milk and Alphasoy products.


Marel closes acquisition of MPS

Icelandic manufacturer of meat processing equipment, Marel, has closed its acquisition of MPS meat processing systems (MPS). The €382 million deal was announced on November 21, 2015 and has now obtained anti-trust approvals. As a result, all the conditions for the acquisition have been satisfied and the transaction was closed on January 29, 2016.

United, the 2 companies aim to be at the forefront in developing full-line solutions and equipment for the meat processing industry. They claim to have a good strategic and cultural fit with a highly complementary product portfolio and geographic presence, creating a strong platform to enhance further growth.

CTB acquires French poultry equipment manufacturer

US poultry equipment manufacturer, CTB, Inc has purchased Holding Hamon Développement, a designer and manufacturer of buildings for poultry keeping, processing plants and industry, and parent company of Serupa SAS and Mafrel SAS. The acquisition includes the companies’ facilities in Merdrignac, France comprising 16,500 square meters (177,600 square feet).

Serupa and Mafrel together employ approximately 100 people.

The 2 companies will focus on an integrated offering of poultry buildings and equipment. Serupa is a turnkey designer and manufacturer of poultry buildings as well as buildings used for meat processing plants and other industries. Mafrel is a supplier of building kits and poultry equipment such as that supplied by CTB’s Roxell, Fancom and Chore-Time business units.


Nuscience opens new office in Singapore

In December 2015, the Nuscience Group incorporated a subsidiary office as ‘Nuscience Singapore’. The new office is a pivotal footprint for the group in Asia. Initially, it will focus primarily on sales and customer support for the products of the Nutrition4U business unit.

The Singapore office will be the group’s operational base for Asia, covering all of Asia Pacific except China. It will be responsible for sales and marketing as well as technical and customer service. Incorporated in a central location in the city, the Singapore office provides a dedicated focus in Asia for both existing and new partners.

InVivo NSA acquires specialty additives business

InVivo Animal Nutrition and Health has acquired Daavision, an international Dutch company specialised in the production and marketing of specialty additives for animal nutrition, mainly based on organic fatty acids. Founded in 2004, Daavision manufactures its products in the Netherlands and markets them in more than 30 countries. The company has a modern production site located in Oss, the Netherlands. Daavision is known for its know-how in farm animals feeding and has been able to develop tailor made solutions to answer to any breeding environmental conditions.


Vancouver venue for World Nutrition Forum

The next edition of the World Nutrition Forum shall be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada, from 12 to 15 October 2016. The biannual event, organised by animal nutrition company Biomin, is held for the 7th time. Key theme for this year’s edition, taking place in the Vancouver Convention Centre, is ‘Driving the protein economy’. This theme will offer delegates the opportunity to explore factors driving the protein economy, its trajectory and its future. Species-specific breakout sessions will delve further into topics concerning poultry, swine, ruminants, and aquaculture production. A mycotoxin expert session will address key research findings, along with a second expert session on gut and rumen health and performance. The event attracts representatives from feed and food industry, as well as researchers and academics.

De Heus expanding premix activities

Dutch-based animal nutrition company De Heus has realised two new premix plants in the Netherlands and Poland. The animal nutrition company thus anticipates on the globally growing demand for premixes. The expansion allows the company to produce a total range of nutritional solutions, from complete feeds, concentrates to premixes. The new premix factories have been built on the same terrain as the company’s existing complete feed factories and laboratories. By combining these facilities, the company can critically monitor the quality of all micro-ingredients used in the premixes.


Ildex Vietnam heading for record attendance

The 6th edition of Ildex Vietnam is heading for an all-time high of 180 exhibitors from 29 countries. The 3-day business event is set to be held in the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC), Ho Chi Minh City, 23-25 March, 2016.

Returning are global brands, such as Biomin, Big Dutchman and De Heus. One of the novelties is a USA Pavilion, led by Amlan, US Livestock Genetics Export, Big Chemical, and Ceresco Nutrition. In addition, the event VIV Best Practices will be held on March 23 in the afternoon, touching on topics related to animal nutrition, health and swine farming.

Rosie Burgin Editor Special Projects