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ADM acquires vanilla ingredients supplier Rodelle, expands capabilities in Madagascar

July 24, 2018
Food & Drink

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has reached an agreement to acquire Rodelle Inc., a premium originator, processor and supplier of vanilla products.

The acquisition will see ADM’s vanilla capabilities expand and it also includes an equity stake in farmer cooperative in Madagascar, part of the most extensive vertically integrated supply chain in the vanilla industry. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed and ADM anticipates the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, will be completed in the third quarter.

Rodelle, founded in 1936 and based in Fort Collins, Colorado, originates, processes and sells premium vanilla ingredients and products, including organic and traditional extracts, beans, alcohol-free flavors and pastes. The company also sells non-vanilla products, including flavorings, extracts, spice blends and organic spices. Rodelle provides ingredient solutions to food and beverage makers, as well as directly to consumers, with a premium retail brand that can be found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores in North America. The company’s sales last year were approximately US$40 million.

Rodelle’s supply chain is unique among major vanilla processors. In Madagascar, the company owns a stake in Federation Sahanala Vanille – a joint venture between Rodelle and a partnership of local associations that now includes more than 2,100 registered vanilla farmers – and is capable of producing industry-leading volumes of certified organic vanilla. Rodelle also has a strategic partnership with Gourmet Gardens, providing sourcing of vanilla in Uganda. By removing the third parties that are typical in other vanilla processor supply chains, Rodelle is able to offer competitive pricing and a reliable supply.

“With the acquisition of Rodelle, we are continuing to grow our value chain by enhancing what is already one of the most comprehensive portfolios in the flavor industry,” says Scott Olstad, President of ADM’s North American WILD Flavors business.

“Not only is vanilla one of the most popular and enduring flavors, but Rodelle’s integrated supply chain will allow us to offer an unparalleled range of certified organic and natural vanilla ingredients for today’s health-conscious consumers. The addition of Rodelle will give us immediate capabilities in both the retail and commercial vanilla markets, and we see significant opportunities to expand the business. We’re looking forward to working with the great Rodelle team to help build on their impressive success,” he explains.

“This acquisition represents another important step in our strategy to create shareholder value,” notes Vince Macciocchi, ADM’s Senior Vice President and President, Nutrition.

“Rodelle will be a key part of our integrated human and animal Nutrition business – a business that we are focused on growing. Earlier this summer, we announced two important additions to our Nutrition business unit: Neovia, a global leader in value-added animal nutrition products, and Probiotics International Limited, a UK-based provider of probiotic supplements for human, pet and production animal use. With these and other transactions, we are strengthening our position as the go-to provider for nutrition customers around the globe, and we are excited about the benefits for customers and shareholders alike,” he says.

“We look forward to joining the ADM team and contributing Rodelle’s expertise in vanilla products to another well-established flavoring industry company,” explains Joe Basta, Rodelle Co-founder. “The Rodelle brand and our loyal customers will benefit greatly from ADM’s technical expertise and commercial capabilities. The core of our business will remain unchanged, and our customers can expect the high-quality vanilla and baking ingredients they have relied on for over 80 years.”

“We see a natural synergy between Rodelle’s vertically integrated supply chain that brings consumers closer to vanilla farmers and ADM’s global reach and technical expertise in the flavor and food ingredient industry,” adds Rodelle Co-founder, Dan Berlin. “In joining forces with ADM, Rodelle will be able to leverage even more value for our customers, employees, farmers and shareholders.”

Source: Food Ingredients First

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