The partnership will advance the natural phytogenic feed additive category.
STEYREGG, Austria and MINNEAPOLIS – Phytogenic feed additives company, Delacon, and Cargill have agreed to work together to advance the market presence of natural, plant-based feed additives in an effort to meet changing consumer preferences of what animals are fed and how food is produced. The deal includes a minority equity investment from Cargill. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The partnership matches Cargill’s knowledge of applied nutrition and its global presence with Delacon’s understanding and experience in phytogenic feed additives, a category that uses natural ingredients including herbs, spices, other plants and their extracts, to improve animal performance and secure animal health.

The agreement also will allow the companies to expand their technical and go-to-market capabilities to meet customers’ needs around the world as they pursue the joint mission of growing the phytogenic feed additives category.

“Our agreement with Cargill represents an opportunity to accelerate growth and invest in Delacon’s future and the future of phytogenic feed additives, as our customers are looking for solutions delivered in a natural, efficient and sustainable way — from feed to food,” said Markus Dedl, CEO of Delacon. “Phytogenics are one of the most promising groups of feed additives, and are turning from a niche market into a mainstream need.  We are entering a new era of phytogenic feed additives, and the next five years are decisive for the developments in this growing market.”

The partnership gives Delacon access to new countries and markets while expanding Cargill’s presence in additives with a focus on markets outside the US. Both companies are expanding their focus, presence and reach in the micro nutrition space.

“Delacon has a strong reputation, recognizable brand and a deep commitment to scientifically driven customer solutions that focus on healthy animals, feed efficiency and performance in a sustainable manner,” said Chuck Warta, president, Cargill Premix and Nutrition. “Cargill and Delacon share common values — a commitment to our customers, science-driven innovation and high product quality. We also value a positive and safe work environment for our employees, sustainable and responsible business practices and deep ties to our communities.”