Every day, the 31,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) work to connect the harvest to the home, turning crops into renewable products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. At more than 270 processing plants and more than 470 crop procurement facilities, we trade, transport, store and process corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. We are committed to the responsible, sustainable development of agriculture throughout the world.
Headquartered in Decatur, Illinois, ADM connects crops to markets in more than 140 countries on six continents. Net sales for the calendar year 2012 were $90.6 billion.
Primary Business Segments
The Oilseeds Processing segment includes global activities related to the origination, merchandising, crushing and further processing of oilseeds such as soybeans and soft seeds (cottonseed, sunflower seed, canola, rapeseed and flaxseed) into vegetable oils and protein meals. Oilseeds products produced and marketed by the Company include ingredients for the food, feed, energy and industrial products industries. Oilseeds and oilseed products may be processed by ADM or resold into the marketplace as raw materials for other processing. The Oilseeds Processing segment also includes activities related to the procurement, transportation and processing of cocoa beans into cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, chocolate and various compounds for the food industry.
The Corn Processing segment includes corn wet milling and dry milling activities—primarily in the United States—to produce ingredients used in the food and beverage industry, including sweeteners, starch, syrup, glucose and dextrose. Dextrose is also used by the Company as a feedstock for its bioproducts operations, including the production of ethanol, alcohol, amino acids and industrial products. Corn gluten feed and meal, as well as distillers grains, are produced for use as animal feed ingredients. Corn germ, a by-product of the wet milling process, is further processed as an oilseed into vegetable oil and protein meal. Other Corn Processing products include citric and lactic acids, lactates, sorbitol, xanthan gum and glycols which are used in various food and industrial products.
The Agricultural Services segment utilizes its extensive U.S. grain elevator, global transportation network and port operations to buy, store, clean and transport agricultural commodities such as oilseeds, corn, wheat, milo, oats, rice and barley, and resells these commodities primarily as food and feed ingredients and as raw materials for the agricultural processing industry. Agricultural Services’ grain sourcing, handling and transportation network provides reliable and efficient services to the Company’s customers and agricultural processing operations. The Agricultural Services segment also includes activities related to the origination and processing of wheat into wheat flour, the processing and distribution of formula feeds and animal health and nutrition products, and the procurement, processing and distribution of edible beans.
This segment includes the Company’s remaining operations—primarily its financial business units—related principally to futures commission merchant activities and captive insurance.
|ADM Global Daily Processing Capacity|
Source: 2012.5 ADM 10-K
| Crushing and Origination
| Refining, Packaging and Biodiesel
| Other (includes Cocoa, Cellulose and Peanuts)
|Agricultural Services Processing (includes Wheat Milling and Alliance)
| *Owned or leased
|ADM Global Transportation Network|
Source: 2012.5 ADM 10-K
|*Owned or leased