DARLING International Inc. announced Jan. 8 that it has completed its acquisition of VION Ingredients, a division of VION Holding N.V. (a member of the VION Food Group), for approximately 1.6 billion euros in cash.
VION Ingredients is a worldwide leader in the development and production of specialty ingredients from animal origin for applications in pharmaceuticals, food, feed, pet food, fertilizer and bioenergy.
Based in the Netherlands, VION Ingredients' global network of facilities on five continents covers all aspects of animal byproduct processing through six brands, including Rendac (rendering), Sonac (proteins, fats, edible fats and blood products), Ecoson (green power), Rousselot (gelatin), CTH (natural casings) and Best Hides (hides).
Darling International produces sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients to create a wide range of products and customized specialty solutions for clients in the food, pharmaceutical, pet food, feed, fuel, bioenergy, technical and fertilizer industries.
With operations on five continents, the company recycles all aspects of animal byproduct streams into useable and specialty ingredients such as gelatin, tallow, feed-grade fats, meat and bone meal, poultry meal, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides.