Cooperation for enzymes

Enzymes improve animal welfare

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BASF and Cargill are expanding their partnership in animal nutrition and adding joint research and development activities to the existing distribution agreement for feed enzymes. In addition, the distribution partnership will be extended to other markets.

In future, both companies will jointly develop, produce and market innovative enzyme products and solutions. The aim is to offer farmers feed innovations that improve nutrient uptake and thus feed conversion and promote growth and animal welfare.

"We are proud to enter the next phase of our collaboration with Cargill. With the help of jointly developed enzyme solutions, we will create even greater value in animal nutrition in the future," said Julia Raquet, Senior Vice President BASF Animal Nutrition & Aroma Ingredients.

"BASF and Cargill will jointly develop solutions that enable better nutrient utilization and support our customers in addressing major productivity and sustainability challenges. Our scientific expertise and combined knowledge in animal nutrition will advance the feed industry in the area of feed conversion, promote animal welfare and reduce environmental impact," said Adriano Marcon, President Cargill Animal Nutrition.

Enzymes increase the utilisation of nutrients from feed. This improves animal growth and reduces nutrient excretion into the environment. By reducing the excretion of nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, the negative impact on the environment is minimised, improving the overall sustainability of animal production. As enzymes increase feed efficiency in animals, less feed is needed to produce animal protein. In this way, enzymes help to reduce land and water consumption for the production of feed raw materials, which is a major benefit for sustainability.

BASF has been a pioneer and specialist in enzymes for more than 30 years and has a genome library of more than two million microorganisms. BASF's enzyme technology includes identification, engineering, registration, scale-up and production and formulation of enzymes. Cargill is in a favourable position in the value chain as it has direct contact with both farmers and consumers. The close relationship with farmers enables Cargill to develop solutions that provide fundamental economic and environmental benefits for their farms. The two companies therefore complement each other perfectly, while at the same time they are united in their ambition to play a leading role worldwide in the field of feed enzymes.

"Through our combined expertise in research and development, our experience in applications and the broad market reach of both companies, we will develop enzyme products and solutions that offer high added value to the feed industry," says Daniela Calleri, Vice President Business Management BASF Animal Nutrition.

"Building on the successful start of our distribution partnership, we will create even more value for our customers in the future. They will benefit from innovative enzyme products and solutions that further improve the utilisation of nutrients in animal nutrition and increase the overall sustainability of animal production," said Mariano Berdegue, Strategic Marketing and Technology Director Cargill Animal Nutrition.

In addition to the new development agreement, BASF and Cargill also plan to expand their distribution partnership in the coming months. Both partners plan to include additional countries on different continents in the cooperation. This expanded partnership builds on the successful distribution cooperation that BASF and Cargill have developed in Brazil and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) in recent years.