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Danisco A/S signs agreement to acquire Agtech Products Inc – investing in microbial-based products for animal nutrition

This represents an important step in strengthening Danisco’s strategy of delivering healthy nutrition solutions to the global animal production industry. Adding proven new microbial technologies to Danisco’s existing market-leading portfolio of feed enzymes and betaine will underpin this healthy nutrition strategy.

The acquisition includes a dedicated team of specialists in R&D, technical services, sales and marketing all focused on a proven existing product portfolio and a robust new product pipeline backed by strong intellectual property. Facilities include state of the art research and laboratory facilities in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA which provides a unique analytical service that maximises product value for customers.

“This acquisition is an exciting opportunity to bring new value to our customers” comments James Laughton, Executive Vice President, Danisco Animal Nutrition. “It will reinforce our aspiration to be the leader in providing healthy nutrition solutions to meet consumer demand for safe, high quality food at an affordable price” he continues.

Thomas Rehberger, Vice President of Agtech Products comments, “this acquisition will join the strengths of two great companies to expand microbial biotechnology solutions for the feed and food industries.”

About Agtech
Agtech Products, Inc. is an agricultural biotechnology company dedicated to the research, development, manufacture and technical support of microbiological-based products for the animal industry. These products include direct fed microbials, silage preservatives and livestock waste treatment products.
Established in 1993, Agtech was founded with the vision of using microbiological-based research to address problems and inefficiencies in animal production.
www.agtechproducts.com

For further press information, please contact:
Andrea Barletta,    
Global Marketing Director,   
Danisco Animal Nutrition   
Tel: +44 (0) 1672 517777   
Email: andrea.barletta@danisco.com

Julian CooksleyAccount ManagerKendalls CommunicationsTel: +44 (0) 1394 610022Email: julian.cooksley@kendallscom.co.uk

Danisco Animal Nutrition Achieves FDA Agreement for Highly Cost Effective Phytase Dose for Swine

MARLBOROUGH, UK, June 5, 2013 - Danisco Animal Nutrition, a business segment of DuPont, will celebrate over 25 years of animal nutrition innovation at World Pork Expo in Iowa by showcasing tried and tested nutritional solutions to help overcome key challenges currently facing the pork industry worldwide. As animal producers face rising feed prices as a result of weather volatility, escalating oil costs and other market factors, it will become increasingly important to improve the efficiency by which animals convert feed into protein and to shorten the cycle time of production.  

Achieving optimum performance and cost benefits from increasingly complex mixes of raw materials is an issue facing all animal producers and we have a rich heritage of providing innovative new solutions to help them achieve these goals. For example, our innovative, patented bacterial phytase, Axtra® PHY, minimizes the anti-nutrient and energy draining effects of phytate throughout the digestive system.  Porzyme®, a xylanase-based enzyme solution, reduces fibre-related anti-nutrient effects and improves performance and feed cost effectiveness by allowing addition of cheap fibrous energy sources - such as DDGS and wheat middlings - to corn diets. Extensive trials have shown faster and more efficient gain in pigs at all stages of growth, with economic benefits of up to $2.72 per pig in the late finishing phases. 

We will also showcase solutions that help producers to be more environmentally sustainable and spend less money on complying with increasingly strict legislation.  To use a local example, the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan for stepped-up regulation around manure management will put producers in Iowa and their 20 million hogs at the centre of a national debate on the sheer cost of compliance.  Maximizing  production needn’t mean that more resources will have to be spent on managing pollution if additives are used that improve digestibility and reduce the resulting harmful effects of animal waste.  Axtra® PHY and Phyzyme® XP, the first E.coli phytase on the market, are hugely effective in slashing manure application costs by reducing phosphorus in the manure. We are also advancing phytase thermostability with our TPT technology to ensure ease of use.

Producers can also achieve performance benefits even before piglets are born and continue to save them money as they grow using our Betafin® natural betaine solution, which will also be featured at the show.  An osmolyte and methyl donor produced in a highly-purified form from sugar beet, Betafin® natural betaine is particularly effective during the dry summer months when heat stress is an issue and fertility can also be depressed.  As a methyl donor, Betafin® natural betaine improves biological functions such as reproduction, increasing litter size and piglet vitality.  In addition, it offers wide-ranging osmolytic benefits during weaning when dehydration is a major challenge and thus helps alleviate the impact of weaning stress on piglet performance.  For grower finisher pigs, Betafin® natural betaine has been shown to improve daily lean gain via its energy boosting role. 

Gwendolyn Jones, technical services manager at Danisco Animal Nutrition commented, “Making a profit on pigs is a challenge in an increasingly volatile and regulated environment. Our goal is to develop innovative combined and single additive solutions that help pig farmers stay on course for profitable pig production in a sustainable way”

For more information on how Danisco Animal Nutrition can improve producer profitability through enhanced animal performance, visit us at World Pork Expo, Booth #732 VIB or email us at info.animalnutrition@dupont.com.

Danisco Animal Nutrition (www.animalnutrition.dupont.com) pioneered the development and use of enzymes and betaine in animal nutrition. Its products are now widely used by poultry and pig producers throughout the world. The company’s mission is to deliver innovative, sustainable solutions that increase efficiency and safety of the food production chain in an environmentally sensitive way. In May 2011, DuPont acquired Danisco forming a global leader in Nutrition & Health and Industrial Biosciences. Danisco Animal Nutrition is a business unit of DuPont Industrial Biosciences. 

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.

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