Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) announced Jan. 10 that it has signed an agreement to acquire Crosswind Industries Inc., a Kansas-based producer of dry-expanded, dual-texture, semi-dry and semi-moist treat products for pets.
“The global pet food industry represents a strong opportunity for strategic growth, especially for a company with the global resources of ADM,” said Brent Fenton, president of ADM’s Animal Nutrition business. “ADM already sells more than 50 ingredients and commodities that are used by more than 70% of all pet food companies in North America. Now, we’re taking the next step with the addition of Crosswind Industries to our global network.
"With five production facilities and a wide range of successful products, Crosswind represents a strong opportunity to expand our capabilities and a great fit not just with the Animal Nutrition business but across ADM’s wider portfolio of ingredients, colors and flavors for pets," Fenton said. "We’re looking forward to combining Crosswind’s operations and products with our own to provide customers with an even broader array of products and services.”
Crosswind is a manufacturer of contract and private-label pet treats and foods as well as specialty ingredients. Its 300 employees operate five processing lines across five Kansas facilities, with nine “ready-for-retail” packaging lines.
“Since early 2015, we have announced or completed several organic growth and improvement projects for our Animal Nutrition business across the U.S. as well as overseas,” Fenton noted. “We’ve also been active on the (mergers and acquisitions) front, with the acquisition of Lyrco Nutrition and the creation of our Alliance Liquid Feeds joint venture. Now, with the addition of Crosswinds, we are continuing our efforts to grow our business so as to set the industry standard and ensure that we are continuing to meet growing customer needs for quality animal nutrition products.”
ADM anticipates closing the deal in the coming weeks.
ADM Animal Nutrition is a leading manufacturing, nutrition and marketing business offering a wide range of innovative products for the animal nutrition market. ADM Animal Nutrition also offers feed products, supplements, premixes, custom ingredient blends and specialty feed ingredients that enable customers to meet and optimize animal health and nutrition goals.
ADM is one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with more than 32,300 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries.