In the United Kingdom, ADM’s 1,170 employees manufacture products ranging from vegetable oil to milling flour to chocolate.
ADM Milling processes more than a million tons of wheat from sources around the world. We operate eight flour mills across England and Scotland, serving customers ranging from large, multinational manufacturers to small craft bakers. 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.
In 2006, ADM acquired the venerable Classic Couverture brand, including a facility in Liverpool that produces a wide range of chocolates, compounds and fillings. Our customers include makers of cereals, biscuits, ice cream, candy and frozen desserts.
Through our wholly owned subsidiaries ADM Erith Ltd. and Pura Foods Limited, we refine liquid oils including rapeseed, high-oleic rapeseed, sunflower seed, winterized sun and high-oleic sun. 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 mixed-oil refinery and oils and fats packaging facility in Purfleet, Essex. ADM Trading (U.K.) Limited, based in Erith, Kent, near London, is a leading supplier of many of these edible oils and fats – including the popular Frymax®, Peerless™ and Wesson® brands.
ADM processes about 1 million tons per year, at the largest processing facility of its kind in the U.K. The plant crushes the seeds and refines the crude oil – known in North America as canola oil – into about 385,000 tons of refined oil 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.
ADM Trading (U.K.) Limited’s customers include manufacturers of ready meals, biscuits and bakery items, crisps and snacks, frozen foods, confectionery products, mayonnaise, soups, ice cream, margarines and spreads. ADM Trading (U.K.) Limited’s Technical Services Department – which focuses on quality assurance and product development – includes a test bakery and kitchen at Purfleet. There, we develop and test oils and fats for baking and frying. The facility also includes a small-scale refinery, hardening plant, research library and sensory evaluation panel. ADM maintains a second research and development facility in Avonmouth, near Bristol.
Since 2002, ADM has employed a small team of buyers and traders in Erith, who buy rapeseed and wheat to supply the crushing plant and ADM Milling.