ADM’s partnership with China began in the mid-1990s, when we acquired an animal feed pre-mix plant in Dalian to provide feed for the livestock, poultry, dairy and aquaculture industries. Over next 10 years, ADM partnered with Wilmar International Limited and COFCO to introduce packaged vegetable oil to Chinese consumers.
In 2005, ADM opened a trading office in Shanghai to manage the sale of specialty food ingredients such as lecithin, xanthan gum, acidulants, vitamin E, and feed ingredients like Lysine. In 2011, we opened a Beijing office and Shanghai management company to coordinate all of our business activities in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2014, ADM opened an integrated manufacturing complex producing sweeteners in Tianjin Binhai New Area. In 2014, a flavor production plant in Beijing and a flavor creation lab in Shanghai joined ADM through ADM’s acquisition of WILD Flavors GmbH—a leading supplier of natural ingredients. In November 2015, ADM started operations at a Fibersol® plant in Tianjin and an animal premix plant in Nanjing.
Today, ADM has approximately 700 employees in China, and continues to be a minority shareholder in Wilmar. Our team in China strives to serve the country’s needs for a secure, safe and sustainable food supply. For China, a country that has only 9 percent of the world’s arable land and 22 percent of its global population, food security is always a priority. ADM’s global sourcing capabilities and efficient processing operations can help ensure the accessibility and affordability of foodstuffs by utilizing both domestic and international sources for raw materials, and our transportation network and logistics expertise enable us to help reduce food costs and waste.
In 2011, ADM launched the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss at the University of Illinois, which partnered with the Research Center of Rural Economy of China Ministry of Agriculture to conduct a wheat postharvest loss survey and investigation in Henan province in 2014, with the aim to preserve millions of metric tons of grains and oilseeds lost each year to pests, disease, mishandling and other factors. And in 2013-2014, ADM partnered with China Agricultural University to help large dairy farmswhere feed-grain costs represent about three-quarters of the total cost of operationsreplace some of the corn traditionally used in cattle rations with specially treated corn stoverthe stalks, cobs and leaves left on farmers’ fields after the harvest. To date, large scale feeding trials at two commercial dairy farms have achieved annual cost savings equivalent to approximately US $113 (RMB 700) per cow while maintaining milk yield and quality.
ADM looks forward to continuing to serve China’s priorities in food security, food safety and food sustainability, and to building strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with customers in China. For more information about our company and our products, visit www.adm.com.