In January, Delacon announces that Land O’Lakes, Inc. animal nutrition businesses, including the new business unit, PMI Nutritional Additives, will be its exclusive partner in the United States for phytogenic feed additives. The collaboration will yield additional opportunities for research on new ways to feed animals using phytogenic feed additives.
Delacon, which coined the term phytogenics to describe natural feed additives made from plant extracts and botanical compounds more than 25 years ago, has collaborated with Land O’Lakes feed division since 2000. The expanded partnership with Land O’ Lakes new business unit, PMI Nutritional Additives, will allow for in-house and field trials of Delacon’s phytogenics, and provide the opportunity to conduct fundamental research to develop new approaches to feeding animals using phytogenics.
“As the global feed industry seeks antibiotic-free feeding programs, our cooperation comes at a critical time of transition,” states Delacon’s CEO Markus Dedl. “We not only want to participate in this opportunity, but we want to advance animal nutrition and help lead the industry into the future.”
“With more intensive and direct collaboration with Delacon, we are bringing the plant-based feed additives to a new level in the United States,” says Dave Hoogmoed, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Land O’Lakes feed division.
“Phytogenic innovations developed through our collaborative research and development efforts aim to deliver optimized performance by supporting nutrient utilization, gut health and integrity,” explains Tim Makens, general manager for PMI Nutritional Additives.
“Research and development is the driver for everything we do,” Makens continues. “Collaborations between leaders can bring better ideas to market faster. This partnership helps develop more efficient and effective solutions to the challenges we face today and those we don’t yet know.”
Dedl and Makens call the collaboration a ‘match in nature’: “With Delacon’s deep knowledge in plant-based feed additives and PMI Nutritional Additives’ extensive experience in U.S. animal nutrition, we have great capabilities for success in the livestock feed business.”