In Europe, ADM processes crops such as oilseeds, wheat and cocoa to produce ingredients for food and animal feed. We are also a leading producer of biodiesel fuel. Our European headquarters is located in Rolle, Switzerland, a village on the shore of Lake Geneva where we are building a major sales office and trading center.
In Germany, ADM operates Europe’s largest oilseeds crushing plant. In recent years, global use of vegetable oils has increased and the markets for rapeseed, soy and palm oils are growing. Our Hamburg plant can refine and blend all three. ADM is also one of the top producers of biodiesel in Germany. In addition, ADM has ownership interest in Hamburg-based Alfred C. Toepfer International, one of the world’s largest grain-trading companies.
In the United Kingdom, ADM mills more than a million tons of wheat per year at eight facilities in England and Scotland, and we sell the resulting flours, bakery mixes and other ingredients to companies that manufacture cereals and baked goods, among other items. ADM also produces cocoa butter, cocoa powder and cocoa liquor at factories in Liverpool and Hull, and we manufacture a wide range of chocolates and compounds, truffles, and fillings under the Classic Couverture brand. We also supply edible oils and fats to U.K. food industries through ADM Trading (U.K.) Limited, based in Erith, Kent.
In the Netherlands, ADM crushes and refines oilseeds and processes cocoa beans. We also market specialty food ingredients – including soy protein isolates, soy concentrates, texturized soy products, lecithin and xanthan gum – to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
In Ireland, ADM imports and distributes ingredients for food and animal feed. We supply food manufacturers with soy proteins, lecithin, xanthan gum, lactates, fructose and cocoa products, and we provide livestock producers with amino acids and soy protein concentrate.
In France, ADM refines crude vegetable oils at a facility in the northern city of Arras. Our engineers and chemists specialize in creating fats and oils for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications.
In Poland, we crush oilseeds and refine and bottle vegetable oils for retail sale. We also store grain in country-side elevators and at a port near Gdansk on the Baltic Coast.
Ukraine is one of the world’s largest producers of sunflower seeds. There, ADM runs a large crushing plant and owns a trading company for sunflower seed products, many of which are shipped to international markets through the port of Odessa.
Our sales office in Russia also serves the food and feed industries in Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia with a product line that includes soy proteins, lecithin, xanthan gum, lactates, fructose and cocoa products. ADM has been trading wheat, corn, soybeans and soybean meal in Russia since 1980.