ADM opens laboratory in Switzerland

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ADM has opened a new animal nutrition laboratory in Rolle, Switzerland, in the heart of the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley. The lab will support the development of science-based feed additives in the pet food, aquaculture and livestock sectors worldwide.

Sustainability, health through nutrition and production efficiency are at the core of the global research strategy of ADM, a world leader in nutrition and agricultural production and processing. The new lab will provide expertise to support the animal nutrition sector. According to ADM, the team of scientists will accelerate the development of innovative products, with a focus on sustainability. For example, the scientists will develop precise methods to characterize molecules and their mode of action, as well as support studies on product stability and traceability in feeds, ADM adds.

Achieving innovation faster

"The opening of our new laboratory complements our existing global R&D network of more than 140 scientists and technicians and underscores ADM's sustainability efforts by developing innovative, science-based products for our customers. By expanding our animal nutrition business in Rolle, we will further strengthen the company's commitment to solving tomorrow's nutritional challenges," said Pierre-Christophe Duprat, President of Animal Nutrition.

The research pipeline aims to address some of the key challenges in animal production that can reduce environmental impact. Recent examples include the development of feed additives, including plant extracts to reduce methane emissions in ruminants, and enzymes to improve feed efficiency in all livestock species, it adds.

Sustainable, healthy and efficient

Improving animal health through nutrition is another research focus to reduce the use of antibiotics as growth promoters and limit the use of drugs for prevention rather than treatment. At the Rolle facility, ADM will also develop solutions that optimize animal performance to improve health and welfare, as well as support the use of medications in livestock operations. This includes promoting a healthy microbiome and digestive health in animals through pro- and postbiotic products.

To improve production efficiency, the lab will develop a range of feed additives to optimize animal nutrition for livestock, aquaculture and companion animals. According to ADM, this includes developing solutions to improve feed efficiency in aquaculture, and immune system support to help dairy cows manage stress and maintain milk production after calving. In addition, the lab will also develop next-generation products for pigs that support gut health and improve growth performance, he said.