EDE, THE NETHERLANDS — Royal De Heus, a supplier of nutritional products for animals, has reached agreement to acquire a majority stake in D-Mix in Zolochiv, Ukraine. Once the transaction is finalized, the company will conduct business under the name Koudijs Ukraine. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

A family-owned business, D-Mix produces concentrates, specialty feeds and complete feeds, primarily for poultry and pigs. The company has a production capacity of 80,000 tons and crushes 50,000 tons of sunflower seeds and soybeans. The company said it has plans in place to build a premix facility that will be operational in early 2020.

“I am happy that we have transformed our long-lasting cooperation with De Heus into a partnership,” said Fedir Shopsky, who will lead day-to-day management of the joint venture. “De Heus is the best partner to jointly further expand our growing customer base and offer our customers extra support in professionalizing their livestock farms. I believe that the knowledge and long-term vision of De Heus will contribute a lot to the rapid growth of our joint business and together we will go straight forward to the next development phase.”

Both De Heus and D-Mix have in-depth and specialized knowledge in the animal feed sector for poultry and pigs. This knowledge is expected to be shared and further developed through the international network and expertise of De Heus.

 “Koudijs Ukraine has a bright future,” said Koen de Heus, chief executive officer of Royal De Heus. “For many years, we continue to invest to improve our technical support to customers. We believe that our extensive experience in international livestock farming and the animal feed sector will also be of value in further professionalizing livestock farming in Ukraine.”

The announcement comes a month after De Heus said its export division, Koudijs Animal Nutrition, would be building a new feed facility in Ghana. Located on a 500-acre site in Tema, near Accra, the new facility is expected to be one of the largest compound feed production plants in Ghana, with a production capacity of approximately 90,000 tons a year.