Company News: Elanco, ADM and Agrivida

10:10AM Dec 10, 2019
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Elanco Animal Health appoints chief sustainability officer

Elanco Animal Health Inc. has appointed Sara Place, PhD, as chief sustainability officer, reinforcing the company’s continued commitment to make an impact on societal challenges by improving the health of animals, according to a company release.

Place will join chief medical officer Shabbir Simjee and chief animal welfare officer Michelle Calvo-Lorenzo to help Elanco and its customers identify new opportunities to improve sustainable business practices, improve the well-being of animals and people and reduce the environmental footprint of production by helping to keep food animals healthier.

“The world is more technically advanced than ever before, but we still face fundamental global challenges, such has malnutrition, social isolation, and environmental degradation,” said Jeff Simmons, president and CEO, Elanco Animal Health in the release. “We believe healthy animals are the x-factor to help solve these challenges. We will expand our work with farmers and veterinarians to offer innovative, sustainable solutions for our customers and communities.”

Place says Elanco is uniquely positioned to drive the industry toward increasing global food security with fewer resources. Contrary to popular opinion, livestock are a critical part of improving sustainability.

“We can’t create a sustainable environment without healthy animals. Animals are not just recyclers, consuming leftovers from food and fiber products people can’t, but they are actually upcyclers,” Place said in the release.

Place most recently served as the senior director for sustainable been production research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, where she led research-driven sustainability benchmarking projects and conducted lifecycle assessments of the beef supply chain to identify areas for improvement, the release states. Before that, she was an assistant professor for sustainable beef production systems in the department of animal science at Oklahoma State University. She has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed articles and chapters focused on the environmental impact of cattle production and the effect of feedstuffs on methane emissions from cattle.

ADM opens new animal nutrition technology center

ADM Animal Nutrition, a division of Archer Daniels Midland Company, has opened a new animal nutrition technology center in Decatur, Ill. The facility builds on ADM’s history of innovation in animal nutrition and offers capabilities to enhance customer collaboration and develop fully tailored nutrition solutions, according to a company release.

The center has been designed to serve the animal production market, with a focus on ingredient and nutritional solutions development for pet foods, treats and aquaculture feeds. It features a pilot extrusion facility, pet food culinary kitchen, feed evaluation laboratory and enzyme analysis laboratory.

“The Animal Nutrition Technology Center was built as a result of ADM’s commitment to research and growth in the animal nutrition space,” said Ryan Lane, president, ADM Animal Nutrition, North America, in the release. “We recognize collaboration is the cornerstone of successful customer relationships and developed the center with this in mind. We’re proud to showcase our expertise and further enhance our capabilities with this facility serving as a global hub for research and development.”

The acquisition of Neovia and Crosswind Industries, as well as renovations to specialty animal nutrition plants in the U.S. and China further illustrate ADM’s commitment to global growth of the business.

“Over the past five years, ADM has significantly expanded its animal nutrition capabilities to meet increased customer demands for comprehensive research and accelerated speed-to-market,” Lane said in the release. “This facility allows us to work with customers to create solutions that meet the changing needs of consumers, all under one roof.”

Agrivida launches Grainzyme Phytase for swine feed

Agrivida, a biotechnology company, has launched Grainzyme Phytase enzyme feed additive for swine, following receipt of Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status from the FDA. The corn-based enzyme, which has been used in over 50 million chickens, offers a convenient, nutritious and sustainable phytase. Because it has a high enzyme concentration, only 2 to 4 pounds of ground Grainzyme corn is needed per ton of feed.

Because the phytase is embedded in corn, nutrient credits are also provided, saving “nutrient space” in the ration. Grainzyme phytase offers swine producers similar benefits to those observed commercially in poultry, the company said, including improved nutrition, feed conversion and animal performance.

“After the exceptional results of Grainzyme Phytase in commercial poultry operations, achieving GRAS status in swine now allows us to continue to implement our strategic plans,” said Rajiv Singh, interim CEO at Agrivida, in the release. “Our next steps include pelleting trials, animal performance studies comparing GRAINZYME Phytase to traditional phytases, and trials using varying doses of phytase together with diets of differing nutritional specifications to determine optimum performance.”

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