Adrian Gasparian, president of Scoular Asia, said he anticipates imports and distribution to begin by the end of 2022.
Vietnam, noted the company, is a key importer of agricultural commodities with a large and growing market in that segment.
Scoular has also hired two employees in Vietnam and expects to employ up to 12 additional staff members there, including a country manager, within the coming months. The company said its executives are set to meet with customers in Vietnam this month to determine the best combination of assets and investments that will add value to their business.
Vietnam is Scoular’s latest example of geographic expansion in the Asia-Pacific over the last several years, having expanding its regional headquarters and trade office in Singapore, established a soybean cleaning and distribution operations in Indonesia, and feedstuffs and grain distribution operations in Indonesia and Myanmar as well as establishing a fishmeal facility in Myanmar to provide high-quality, consistent and quick delivery of marine proteins to Asian feed markets.
Bypass protein production
Meanwhile, the Omaha, Nebraska headquartered Scoular announced this week that it has expanded its existing feed blend facility in Jerome, in Idaho and next month will begin producing bypass protein products for Papillon Agricultural Company
Dairy farmers in the Pacific Northwest will have access to such proteins as a result of the new manufacturing arrangement that the Maryland based company secured with Scoular.
Founded in 1983, Papillon develops and produces nutritional products for dairy cattle, with the goal of maximizing feed efficiency at the farm level. It says its protein blends provide concentrated, highly digestible bypass protein and meet the demand for balanced amino acids in dairy diets. This allows for ration optimization to drive production or reduce costs.
While the company manufactures bypass protein products in New York, Indiana and Wisconsin, and said it partnered with Scoular because of its manufacturing expertise and knowledge of the local dairy and feed markets. The products will be available to Scoular customers and regional feed manufacturers for inclusion in feed mixes for dairy.
On the asset trail
And March saw the company acquire two facilities in northern Florida, saying it would help the company better serve grain and livestock producers in the southeastern part of the US.
Scoular purchased the assets of Columbia Grain and Ingredients in Lake City and Live Oak, Florida. The assets give it anchor locations in the region and includes feed ingredient and grain handling facilities, storage space and a feed mill.
The sites provide upright storage space of close to 600,000 bushels and flat storage of over 10,000 tons, which Scoular said would be used primarily to handle corn, bulk ingredients and micro ingredients. The facilities are also capable of loading and unloading trucks, as well as railcars, with the Lake City site able to handle 135 rail cars, it reported.
In addition, the sites enable it to provide just-in-time delivery and strengthen its existing grain and ingredient businesses in the southeast, said Scoular.