ADM expands soy crush capabilities in Germany

by Holly Demaree
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The move to processing non-GMO soybeans at ADM's Spyck, Germany facility is a part of the company’s growth plan.
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SPYCK, GERMANY —Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) has begun crushing its first non-GMO soybeans at its facility in Spyck, in northwestern Germany. Located close to the Dutch border, the site was previously only used to crush rape and sunflower seeds. The new switch capacity is part of ADM’s long-term strategy to expand its network of European soy processing plants, enabling it to better service its soybean meal customers and support local farmers in increasing the region’s soybean acreage. 

“The extended soybean crushing capacity in Spyck will help us meet customer demand as the European non-GMO soybean market continues to grow,” said Jon Turney, general manager, European soybean crush at ADM. “The additional flexibility that we now have also gives us the ability to quickly respond to changing market dynamics for rape, sunflower and soy in the future.”

ADM also crushes non-GMO soybeans at its facility in Straubing, Germany. In the past year, it has been working with farmers and industry accreditation bodies to create further opportunities to grow and market soybeans across northwest Europe. 

“We are committed to growing the soybean industry in this region, and we are working hard to help farmers in France and along the Danube see the value of growing soybeans within their rotation,” said Rene van der Poel, commercial manager for oilseeds in Germany at ADM. 

The move to processing non-GMO soybeans is a part of the company’s growth plan.

“It is a great achievement for the team in Spyck to execute this latest step in our growth strategy, both on time and on budget,” said John Grossmann, president, European crush and origination. “Flexible crush capacities, scale and carefully managed production costs per unit all remain key to our ongoing success in the region over the long term.”

ADM has approximately 32,000 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 250 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 38 innovation centers and a crop transportation network, ADM connects the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses.
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