CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, US — Archer Daniels Midland Co. plans to stop producing dry lysine in early 2021 and produce only liquid and encapsulated lysine products.

“Animal nutrition is a growing and evolving industry, and as a global leader in this space, we’re proud to meet customer needs with modern, innovative products,” said Pierre Joseph Paoli, president, feed ingredients and additives of ADM. “We’re seeing good growth from existing and new customers, and we’ve received great feedback as we’ve worked closely with producers to transition them to our liquid lysine products and delivery systems, as well as to our innovative new encapsulated lysine products.

“Simultaneously, market conditions for dry lysine have eroded, as global industry capacity has expanded faster than demand. We are pleased to continue to invest to serve our customers with cutting-edge ingredients and services, while simultaneously refocusing and strengthening this segment of our Animal Nutrition business portfolio.”

Lysine is an amino acid and is used to address the nutrient requirements of animals and improve production performance for producers to deliver milk, meat and eggs to consumers.

ADM has been working with swine and poultry feed producers to assist with the transition to liquid lysine by installing equipment in their plants and providing service through the company’s online inventory management system.