Kemin heads north, expands business in Canada

By Aerin Einstein-Curtis contact

- Last updated on GMT

© GettyImages/macgyverhh
© GettyImages/macgyverhh
Kemin has acquired the assets of its long-time distributor Agri-Marketing, in a move that enables it to create a Canadian division.

“This marks the first official Kemin location in Canada; this will increase our global footprint,”​ Lauren Burt, worldwide communications manager for the Iowa-headquartered company told us. 

Agri-Marketing was founded in 1973 in Mont-Saint-Hilaire in Quebec and has provided exclusive distribution and manufacturing services for Kemin products in Canada.

Kemin said the acquisition is part of an effort to more directly address the needs of customers, and explore the possibilities for new products or services to be delivered to that market.

“This new location for Kemin will enable the company to better reach customers in the animal nutrition and pet food markets in Canada.”

Expansion efforts

Since early 2017, Kemin has continued to increase its global reach with acquisitions and with the addition of new locations. In March, it acquired Algal Scientific, a Michigan-based company specializing in beta-glucan technology for antibiotic alternatives for animals, while, April saw it open an office and manufacturing facility in Lipetsk, Russia.

Kemin is targeting the full gamut of production species in Canada - swine, poultry, dairy, beef, aquaculture, equine, and pet food, along with the rendering segment.  

The US company manufacturers products aimed at supporting animal gut health, feed quality and nutrition, such as KemTRACE Chromium. Burt said its KemTRACE Chromium has been approved for swine in Canada since 2005 and received approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in late 2016 for use in dairy cattle diets.

The ingredient company also is looking to grow its business in the country with a focus on increasing the use of existing products as well as introducing new animal health and nutrition products to the market, she said.

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