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Denkavit makes move into U.S. milk replacer market

Acquisition supports Denkavit’s goal to become global calf milk replacer leader in major dairy-producing countries.

The Dutch Denkavit group recently reached an agreement with Grober to acquire Grober Nutrition LLC, an innovative young animal nutrition and feed ingredient company in Auburn, N.Y. The acquisition was a strategic decision for both parties based on a strong wish to work with a partner with similar goals, values and commitment to quality.

“This acquisition supports Denkavit’s ambition to become a global leader in calf milk replacer in all major dairy-producing countries," Denkavit managing director Erik Buys said. "The United States is one of the largest milk-producing countries in the world, with great market potential."

Grober chief executive officer Jerry Bartelse said, “Grober and Denkavit have been working together for 30 years. Grober has Dutch roots and operates with European principles, with values and a shared commitment to quality and excellence in feed ingredients that align with Denkavit.”

With the acquisition, the Auburn-based plant can be taken to the next level with an expanded team and increase in knowledge base grounded in many years of research and experience. The activities of Grober Nutrition LLC will continue in their current form as a 100% subsidiary of Denkavit Group.

Grober Nutrition Inc. is an independent Canadian company that will continue operations with renewed focus in Canada. It will benefit from the research, knowledge and development of the Auburn plant as a customer. For Grober Nutrition Inc., this was a strategic decision to focus on investing, elevating and expanding its young animal nutrition business in Canada, and the sale of the Auburn milk replacer plant to a trusted partner supports this strategy.

Denkavit is a family-owned company that has been in business for more than 80 years. The company specializes in young animal nutrition and feed ingredients, with a special focus on feed for calves, piglets, lambs and goat kids, in which it has taken a leading position. As a global player, Denkavit continuously invests in knowledge and research that is shared with livestock farmers and compound feed companies. Denkavit’s activities are based on know-how, research, innovation and long-lasting partnerships and reliability, allowing the company to continue growing together with its customers. With an annual turnover of €650 million and more than 500 employees, Denkavit is active worldwide, with Europe as its home market.

Grober Nutrition (Canada) is a privately owned commercial milk replacer company with more than 45 years of experience and is a recognized leader in young animal nutrition.

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