FBA 13: March / April 2007



Adisseo Australia goes Down Under



THE French feed additives brand now has both Australian and Chinese links. After China BlueStar acquired the France-based Adisseo Group last year, Brisbane Export Investments announced that it had bought over Adisseo Australia, a subsidiary of Drakkar Group, on Jan 10.


The Queensland-based Adisseo Australia manufactures premixes and distributes nutritional feed additives at home and in the Pacific region, namely New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia.


The transaction marks Adisseo's strategy to exit the premix manufacturing activity. Instead, it would focus on "preferred partnerships" in the distribution of its feed additives to better serve customers in the animal nutrition sector, a press release said.



Cargill acquires Dutch feed business



Cargill Inc announced plans to buy Dutch animal nutrition premix business LNB International Feed B V.


The acquisition, a Cargill press release says, will complement Cargill's animal feed business, which produces concentrates and complete feed in European markets like Poland, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Portugal, and worldwide. It will also extend Cargill's current supply network to new important markets while adding premix to the portfolio.


"We became interested in LNB at first because of the quality of its people and the brand they had built in Poland," Paddy MacGregor, head of corporate communications of Cargill Europe and Africa tells FBA.


"After a better understanding about the other aspects of LNB such as the export business and the growth potential in new geographies LNB seemed a natural fit to help Cargill Animal Nutrition achieve our global strategy," he adds.



Biomin's testbed in Thailand 



ANNOUNCING one of its most significant developments in poultry research, Biomin Thailand revealed its new trial facility in the form of a full-scale poultry farm in the country to assist both product development and commercial application.

Together with the Centre for Applied Animal Nutrition (CAN) in Austria, Biomin now runs the P-CAN, a new research farm in Thailand located 140 km west of Bangkok. This semi-commercial trial facility is a fully operational broiler farm conforming to Thai standards, Biomin says.


 The facility consists of 10 standard broiler houses each with evaporative cooling across a standard 1440 sq metres. Fitted with nipple drinkers and pan feeders, each house is split centrally into two sections, creating 20 treatment pens. Each pen is stocked with 8,100 AA+ day-old broilers. The facility can run up to 180,000 broilers per crop.

Biomin first initiated a CAN in Austria a few years back. They now plan to replicate the experience in Asia through their latest offing.

"The farm in Austria was done on a small scale with a few hundred chickens and pigs," begins Kurt Wegleitner, marketing director.



Milestone for New Hope



CHINA'S feed mills are getting bigger with better technology and expansion plans.


A case in point is the New Hope Group, China's biggest feed manufacturer. The company recently disclosed a plan to invest RMB122 million or US$16 million to buy a 60-percent stake in Beijing-based pork processor Qianxihe Food Co Ltd, in line with incentives to diversify its portfolio.


Qianxihe has a total slaughtering capacity of five million pigs a year, and two modern abattoirs in Beijing and Hebei. Another abattoir in Liaoning province is under construction. The food company has been named an exclusive supplier of fresh and processed pork products for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.



Vietnam tra catfish - producer on bourse



Navico, one of Vietnam's largest tra catfish producers, plans to make its initial public offering at the Ho Chi Minh City Security Trading Centre in Q1 2007.


Also known as Nam Viet joint stock company, Navico runs three tra catfish processing factories at 1,300 tonnes production capacity daily. These include a fish oil and fish powder processing factory, and a package producing factory.



Nutreco completes sale to Evialis


Netherlands-based Nutreco Holdings announced it had completed the sale of its French feed specialities business Trouw Nutrition International (TNI) to France's Evialis group on Sep 11, 2006, for an undisclosed sum.


"This activity is just too small to be a successful platform for growth," points out Nutreco's director of corporate communications Frank van Ooijen to FBA, justifying the need for a sale. "We still have a fish feed production facility in the northern part of France," he shares. Nutreco's Skretting is the world's largest aquaculture company.

For the time being, Evialis will make use of the Trouw Nutrition production facility at Vigny, France while Nutreco will retain the ownership of this facility.



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