History of ADM
These are our founders. This is our story.
In 1902, George A. Archer and John W. Daniels began a linseed crushing business. By combining unmatched knowledge of our industry with an unwavering commitment to excellence, we’ve made the most of opportunities for nearly 118 years, and grown 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.
Transforming Our Portfolio
Over the last several years, we’ve worked to transform ADM. Today, we are a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more.
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Daniels Linseed Co. founded in Minneapolis
Changed name to Archer Daniels Midland Company
Listed on NYSE
Formed grain division
Began crushing soybeans
Acquired Commander Larabee flour milling business
Built export terminal at the Gulf of Mexico
Entered barge freight business
Relocated headquarters to Decatur, Illinois
Acquired first soybean processing plants in Europe and South America
Established ADM Trucking
Formed Golden Peanut Company
Invested in Asian agribusiness Wilmar
Acquired Glencore's Brazilian operations
Entered edible beans business
Launched ADM Cares corporate giving program
Built first wholly owned food-ingredient facility in China
Acquired WILD Flavors
Relocated global headquarters to Chicago
Acquired Eatem Foods
Acquired Eaststarch CB
Launched Together We Grow consortium
Acquired majority stake in Biopolis
Launched ADM Medsofts
Acquired Crosswind Industries, Inc.
Purchased Algar Agro assets
Joined Paradigm for Parity coalition