Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) announced Monday that it will significantly expand its overall grind and finishing capacity for sweeteners and starches at its corn wet mill facilities in Turkey and Bulgaria.
“We continue to see substantial opportunities for starch-based ingredients in Europe and Middle East markets, and with these expansions, ADM will be well positioned to meet growing customer demand across the region,” said Pierre Duprat, president of ADM Europe, Middle East & Africa. “By increasing production capacity and expanding our capabilities, we are ensuring that we will be able to offer our customers an expanded range of sweeteners and starches as sugar production quotas in the (European Union) expire and as demand from food and paper markets in Turkey and the Middle East continues to grow.”
In November 2015, ADM acquired full ownership of corn wet mills in Adana, Turkey, and Razgrad, Bulgaria, along with a 50% ownership stake in a corn wet mill in Szabadegyháza, Hungary, and has worked since then to achieve a smooth integration into the company’s global corn business. The plants produce a complete range of starch products, including liquid sweeteners, native and modified starches, crystalline fructose and dextrose.
In June 2016, ADM also completed the acquisition of a Casablanca, Morocco-based corn wet mill.
“One of our key strategic goals is to grow shareholder value through the expansion and diversification of our global corn footprint,” Duprat added. “Our recent acquisitions in Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary and Morocco all represent major steps in meeting these goals, and we are continuing our efforts to enhance returns on all fronts: In addition to enhancing production capacity, the improvements we have made in Turkey and Bulgaria will also improve operational efficiency at these facilities, increasing our domestic and overseas sales competitiveness.”
ADM is targeting completion of the projects in the first half of 2018.