Danish biotech company begins construction of animal feed plant  

AgroFerm is building a new factory for lysine production in Esbjerg on the west coast of Jutland

Biotech company AgroFerm has cut the first turf for a new factory for lysine production in Esbjerg on the west coast of Jutland. Lysine (an essential amino acid which improves animal feed exploitation – Ed) is a high value food additive product for the pig and poultry industries. AgroFerm's plant will be northern Europe’s first lysine fermentation factory, which is expected to be completed by May 2004. After a start up period of a few months, the factory will be in full operation by autumn and is forecast to generate a turnover of DKK 200 million (USD 32 million) annually.


A close cooperation between the University of Southern Denmark and Dangrønt Products ApS has led to the development of the biotechnological concept which will now be realised on a commercial scale. The concept involves processing by-products from the agricultural sector to create not only a high value product but also a cleaner environment. Dangrønt will initially supply the raw materials for the production, and the resultant lysine will be sold to the feedstuff industry throughout Europe.


AgroFerm has been supported by several investors including DLG, Elsam A/S, Arla Foods, Agro Invest and the South African company S.A. Bioproducts. The total investment amounts to approx. DKK 250 million (USD 40 million). The news is reported in a press release on AgroFerm’s website.

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