About ADM UK
ADM’s operations in the U.K. include seven flour mills, the U.K.’s largest combinable crop processing plant, two oil refineries, an oils & fats packaging facility and a flavours and specialty ingredients sales office, and altogether employ more than 1’100 people. Alongside these operations are:
- ADM Direct, a division of Archer Daniels Midland (UK) Limited, ADM’s grains and oilseeds sourcing company;
- ADM Investor Services International Limited, ADM’s London-based investor services branch;
- ADM Arkady Ltd., which supplies feed products to commercial customers
The U.K. is also home to a subsidiary of Olenex, ADM’s joint venture for oils and fats with Wilmar.
ADM Milling processes more than 800’000 tonnes of wheat per year from sources around the world. We operate seven flour mills across England and Scotland, serving customers ranging from small craft bakers to large, multinational manufacturers.
Our primary products include a range of white, brown, whole-meal and specialty flours, all of which are available either in bulk or bagged form. In addition, we offer an extensive range of bakery mixes, ingredients and bakers’ sundries, and have a research and development facility in Avonmouth, near Bristol.
Oils Processing, Packaging & Refining
Through our wholly-owned subsidiaries Archer Daniels Midland Erith Ltd. and Pura Foods Ltd., we refine liquid oils including rapeseed and high-oleic rapeseed, linseed, sunflower seed, and high-oleic sunflower and winterized sunflower seed. We also refine tropical oils including palm, palm olein, palm stearine, palm kernel, palm kernel stearine and coconut. In addition, we blend and pack many of these oils at our specialty oil refinery and packaging facility in Purfleet, Essex.
As one of the largest processing facilities in the U.K., ADM Erith Ltd. processes approximately 1 million tonnes of rapeseed each year. The plant crushes the seeds and refines the crude oil into about 385,000 tonnes of refined oil that is used in a variety of food ingredients and in biofuels throughout Europe. The meal from these crushing operations is used as feed by livestock producers in the U.K., France and Ireland.
Our technical services department, which focuses on quality assurance and product development, includes a bakery and a culinary facility at our Purfleet plant, where we develop and test oils and fats for baking and frying. Also at the facility is a sensory evaluation panel made up of trained oil tasters.
ADM Direct - Sourcing straight from farmers
ADM Direct was formed in 2001 to source rapeseed and milling wheat directly from U.K. farmers for ADM’s processing facilities throughout the U.K. The company has expanded rapidly and now supplies wheat and other cereals to many U.K. consumers, as well as to export markets. ADM Direct is made up of dedicated specialists in crop marketing. Backed by ADM’s worldwide knowledge base, ADM Direct’s specialists provide farmers with a concise, firsthand assessment of current market information allowing them to make informed selling decisions. ADM Direct gives farmers a direct link to ADM’s integrated supply chain for wheat and rapeseed, which improves ADM’s ability to meet customers’ needs for traceability and sustainability. Examples of these programmes are ADM Connect for wheat and LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) for rapeseed. With the financial resources of one the world’s largest food and feed processing companies, ADM Direct assures farmers receive prompt payment.
ADM WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients
In 2014, ADM completed the acquisition of Wild Flavors GmbH, one of the world’s leading suppliers of natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry. ADM now markets WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients products out of an office in Luton.
Olenex Trading (U.K.) Limited
Olenex Trading (U.K.) Limited is the U.K. division of Olenex, a joint venture between ADM and Wilmar. Through Olenex Trading (U.K) Limited, we supply edible oils and fats – including the popular Frymax®, Peerless™ and Wesson® brands—to customers throughout the U.K. Olenex customers include manufacturers of ready meals, biscuits and bakery items, crisps and snacks, frozen foods, confectionery products, mayonnaise, soups, ice cream, margarines and spreads.