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Kemin completes purchase of ADF

Friday, July 8, 2011

Kemin Industries, based in Des Moines, Iowa, has completed its acquisition of several operations run by American Dehydrated Foods (ADF) in Verona.

The acquisition included spray-dried liver hydrolysate products, spray-dried liver products, other specialty dried products and spray-drying technology for use in premium and super premium pet food.

Kemin took ownership of ADF's spray-dried meat protein manufacturing facility in Verona, known locally as the south plant, on July 1. Kemin will install new processing equipment in the manufacturing facility to make Kemin's premium Palasurance brand of palatant products. Additionally, Kemin will continue to support select spray-dried meat products originally producted by ADF.

"In addition to expanding our product portfolio to include meat protein products, this acquisition gives us a central location to manufacture and distribute our Palasurance brand of palatants," said Giuseppe Abrate, president of Kemin Nutrisurance, the pet food division of Kemin Industries. "The acquisition enables us to continue providing pet food manufacturers with the best palatant technology and performance available.

"We have long been impressed by ADF and their operation and are pleased to welcome the ADF employees at the Verona South plant to the Kemin family," Abrate said.

ADF will continue to own and operate its drying facilities at the Verona North plant and at its plant in Social Circle, Ga.

"We are confident that the Verona South employees will flourish under Kemin's global growth strategy," said Kurt Hellweg, president and chief executive officer for ADF. "Following the sale, ADF will continue to produce its remaining lines of high quality protein and fat ingredients for our customers in the pet food industry."

The acquisition was part of Kemin's global expansion plan. The addition of the Verona South facility will enable Kemin to increase its global capacity as a palatant manufacturer.

Last year Kemin opened a state-of-the-art palatant manufacturing facility in Veronella, Italy, following the acquisition of controlling interest in a company in Brazil in 2008. Kemin is currently pursuing expansion opportunities in Belgium, China, India, Russia and South Africa.

ADF has been a market leader in the pet food ingredients industry since its founding. ADF offers a broad array of high quality pet food ingredients in six distinct spray-dried product lines.

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