Global animal nutrition leaders Alltech and DLG Group (DLG) are joining forces for a second time, with a focus on delivering greater profitability and efficiency to livestock producers in Scandinavia. Alltech and DLG are finalizing the purchase of Finnish company Kärki-Agri, a joint venture that will strengthen their delivery of innovative, field-proven animal nutrition.
This collaboration follows the successful 2017 joint venture undertaken by Alltech and DLG of AV Nutrismart Holdings, a premix business based in Orenburg, Russia. The companies will each hold a 50% share in the Kärki-Agri joint venture, located in Seinäjoki, Finland.
Kärki-Agri was founded in 1996 and specializes in serving Finnish cattle and dairy farms. Their offerings include animal health products, specialty feeds and feed preservatives. The company also opened a premix plant in 2015, where they produce custom feeds and Nutrilix specialty blocks.
“We are excited about the opportunity this will afford us to better serve our Scandinavian customers,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “This joint venture will once again enable us to combine DLG’s excellence in premix manufacturing with Alltech’s cutting-edge nutritional solutions.”
“We have been an Alltech customer for over 20 years and trust their technology,” said Antti Kuoppamaki, majority stakeholder for Kärki-Agri. “I know that Alltech and DLG share our commitment to supporting producers, and I look forward to the future success of the business through the collaboration of Alltech and DLG.”
“With this second joint venture with Alltech, we will strengthen our position and presence in Finland, which is located in a region that offers exciting opportunities,” said Jacob Holm Pedersen, CEO of the Vilofoss Group and Executive Vice President with responsibility for Premix & Nutrition at DLG. “The synergies created through this cooperation will give customers better access to products that, by optimizing feed efficiency, improve production economy and increase their competitive advantage.”