ANTONY, FRANCE — Adisseo entered an agreement to acquire Nor-Feed, a French animal nutrition additive manufacturer specializing in plant-based ingredients. The acquisition will support Adisseo’s expansion strategy, enabling the company to further its development of specialty animal nutrition ingredients.

Based in France, Nor-Feed was founded 20 years ago by Pierre Chicoteau, joint chief executive officer, and Cecile Chicoteau. The company strives to promote the use of botanical extracts produced from agricultural co-products in animal nutrition, limiting the use of antibiotics, coccidiostats and pesticides.

Nor-Feed’s ingredients include grape, citrus and Melissa extracts, Saponins, and essential oils for use in various animal nutrition products. The company’s ingredients are suitable for fish, cattle, pigs, chickens, horses and pets. The ingredients can help control poultry red mite populations, manage coccidial risk, improve feed efficiency and palatability, reduce ammonia emissions and more.

In 2021, Nor-Feed opened its new plant in Chemillé, France, quadrupling its annual production.

The acquisition will further Adisseo’s natural and sustainable ingredient solutions, a market that boasts a nearly 10% annual growth rate, according to the company. The company currently offers a variety of animal nutrition ingredients, including palatants, preservatives, essential nutrients and digestibility aids.

“We are pleased to have signed an agreement to acquire the Nor-Feed Group, which is consistent with the Adisseo mission to offer its customers sustainable, affordable, qualitative and safe solutions,” said Jean-Marc Dublanc, chief executive officer of Adisseo. “This operation is part of our strategy to accelerate the growth of our specialty products on unique and differentiating technologies.”

Following the acquisition, Nor-Feed will continue to manage its R&D, production and sales network. Pierre Chicoteau and Oliver Clech, co-director of Nor-Feed, will remain with the company.

“Nor-Feed has solid bases, and our purpose is unique on the market,” Pierre Chicoteau said. “We have developed and registered botanical additives for animal nutrition, safe, effective and manufactured in France in a structured CSR framework. Adisseo has worked alongside us since 2016 and will now allow us to take the Nor-Feed project much further.”

Adisseo will support Nor-Feed by offering its expertise and network to help the company expand.

“The demand for botanical additives for animal nutrition is confirmed each year, and we have experienced an average annual growth of more than 20% over the last 11 years, driven in particular by our solutions to offset oxidative stress or manage coccidial risk,” Clech said. “The growth potential remains considerable, and the team is very committed to continuing our development.”

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