Anuvia Plant Nutrients has entered into a long-term strategic relationship with The Mosaic Co. to help meet the increased demand for its bio-based sustainable and environmentally friendly plant nutrients.
The companies have signed a long-term lease arrangement that provides significant benefits to both parties and the surrounding community. Anuvia will utilize a portion of Mosaic’s shuttered Plant City, Fla., phosphate production facility and repurpose existing infrastructure to increase its production capacity to up to 1.2 million tons. Currently, Anuvia’s facility in Zellwood, Fla., produces 80,000 tons annually.
In addition, as production increases, the company plans to add approximately 135 new employees with an average salary of $70,000. It will be the Zellwood-based company’s second Florida location and is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2020.
This expansion is in response to increased demand for Anuvia’s biobased sustainable and environmentally friendly plant nutrients. “In the three years since the Zellwood plant went on line, the market has been receptive to our products and its unique benefits, and now in response to the increased demand, we are increasing our production capacity,” Anuvia Plant Nutrients chief executive officer Amy Yoder said. “It is gratifying that farmers are realizing the performance and environmental benefits Anuvia products bring to crop production.”
“Mosaic has been looking to partner with successful, innovative companies, and this arrangement, which includes an equity position is an excellent fit for us,” said Walt Precourt, Mosaic senior vice president, strategy and growth. “Both companies are committed to operating safely and sustainably while providing customers with high-quality crop nutrient solutions. We look forward to exploring opportunities to further expand our relationship.”
In agriculture, Anuvia said its products stand out because of their ability to help farmers increase productivity as well as the far-reaching environmental benefits, which include improving soil quality, reducing nutrient loss and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Research and extensive use indicates a positive yield increase, which allows farmers to produce more food in a less intensive manner, the company said. Anuvia’s innovative products address a key issue of how to meet future food demand in a sustainable way.
The company said its products offer benefits for both end users and the planet, with little to no barriers to implementation. Anuvia’s plant nutrient products are a plug-and-play technology primed for fast adoption. The products work within current user practices and technologies, making their use a turnkey part of achieving sustainable goals.