ADM expanding German plant to crush non-bioengineered soybeans

by Eric Schroeder
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Move will allow company to meet demand from customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

STRAUBING, GERMANY — Archer Daniels Midland Co. said it will add switch capacity in order to process soybeans at its rapeseed crushing facility in Straubing. In doing so, the company now will be able to crush non-bioengineered soybeans sourced from the Danube region in order to market non-bioengineered soy meal to customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

“The ability to crush soybeans at our Straubing plant allows us to meet the growing market demand for non-G.M.O. soy meal, particularly from customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland,” said René van der Poel, general manager, ADM Straubing. “At the same time, adding switch capacity to the facility, which currently only crushes rapeseed, will allow us the flexibility to respond to shifts in the marketplace.”

Jon Turney, general manager, European soybean crush, said the investment underscores ADM’s commitment to the Danube region by sourcing local raw materials to meet growing market demand.

“By sourcing non-G.M.O. soybeans from the Danube region, ADM will not only provide farmers an outlet for those crops, but will also provide customers with meal from locally-grown beans, along with the possibility to market products using the Danube Soy label,” Mr. Turney said.

The project is targeted for completion in the second quarter of 2016.
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