American agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) revealed its new automated flavor production facility in Pinghu, China this week. Operated by ADM Food Technology (Pinghu) Co. Ltd., the 27,000-sq-m plant includes automated flavor lines, laboratory space, and capabilities to configure products for specific dietary needs like Halal and Kosher.
“Since our acquisition of WILD Flavors in 2014, we’ve invested in organic growth, bolt on and platform M&A, and new innovations and technologies to build ADM into a premier global human and animal nutrition company,” the firm’s chairman and CEO, Juan Luciano, said in a statement. “Our strategic actions have benefitted our customers and our shareholders alike: we’re achieving key financial goals and delivering record results in no small part because we’ve become the partner of choice for customers around the globe as they meet growing and evolving demand for healthy, delicious foods and beverages from nature.”
The facility has received ISO 9001 and FSSC 22000 V5.1 certifications. Labs at the site, located about an hour from Shanghai, will be utilized for flavor production, taste design, and product development.
“Our new, leading edge flavor facility in Pinghu will serve as ADM’s flavor supply hub in APAC, allowing us to leverage our expertise and leading-edge technologies and build out the ADM pantry to further meet customer needs and advance our growth strategy.”
Earlier this week, Powder & Bulk Solids reported that ADM signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with LG Chem that paves the way for the formation of a new joint venture focused on US production of lactic acid and polylactic acid.