The History of ADM

The History of ADM

In 1902, George A. Archer and John W. Daniels began a linseed crushing business.

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History of ADM

By combining unmatched industry knowledge with an unwavering commitment to excellence, we’ve made the most of opportunities for 120 years, growing from a regional linseed oil business to a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Read more about how it all began.


Transforming Our Portfolio

Over the past decade, we have transformed ADM, improving our company and aligning our portfolio to meet growing needs for food security, health and well-being and sustainability.. Today, we are an indispensable global agricultural supply chain manager and processor, a premier human and animal nutrition company, a trailblazer in groundbreaking solutions to support healthier living, a cutting-edge innovator in replacing petroleum-based products, and a leader in sustainability.

ADM Transforming the Portfolio 2024


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