USA- ADM’s animal nutrition feed facility in Bluffton, Indiana, has earned the prestigious title of the American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) 2023 Premix/Ingredient Feed Facility of the Year, showcasing its commitment to excellence in animal nutrition.

This accolade, presented in partnership with Feedstuffs, highlights the outstanding efforts of the Bluffton plant in ensuring safety, quality, and efficiency in its operations, particularly following a strategic shift towards premix manufacturing to adapt to evolving market demands.

Gary Huddleston, the director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs for AFIA, praised the Bluffton facility’s management team for their unwavering dedication to producing safe and high-quality animal feed. 

He underscored the plant’s remarkable leadership and the expertise of its employees, emphasizing their pivotal role in achieving this esteemed recognition.

Central to the Bluffton facility’s success has been the implementation of ADM’s Daily Review and Response (DRR) meetings, which have significantly enhanced employee engagement and operational effectiveness. 

Junior Rogers, ADM North America Director of Animal Nutrition, expressed pride in the Bluffton team’s accomplishments, noting the positive impact of DRR meetings in driving continuous improvement across all ADM facilities.

The AFIA’s Feed Facility of the Year program, which has been honoring exemplary feed manufacturing facilities since 1985, underscores the industry’s commitment to excellence. 

With applications for the 2024 Feed Facility of the Year program currently open, the recognition of ADM’s Bluffton plant serves as an inspiration for other facilities to strive for excellence in feed manufacturing.

In related news, recent reports indicate that ADM’s shares surged by 4.9%, alleviating concerns among investors over accounting challenges. 

Analysts, including those at CFRA Research, upgraded their rating for ADM, citing optimism regarding the company’s response to the accounting issues.

While ADM continues to cooperate with regulatory authorities, including the Department of Justice, in their investigations, the company remains focused on its operational performance. 

ADM reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter profits, attributed partly to challenges in its Nutrition unit, which has been under scrutiny due to the accounting investigation.

Looking ahead, ADM anticipates full-year earnings for 2024 to be between US$5.25 and US$6.25 per share, down 18% from the previous year. 

Despite the accounting setbacks, the company remains optimistic about the growth prospects of its Nutrition segment, forecasting mid-single-digit revenue growth and higher operating income in the coming year.

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