American agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM) has started crushing non-GMO soyabeans at its northwestern Germany facility, hoping the move will allow the firm to respond to changing market dynamics.

The mill, located in Spyck near the Dutch border, was switched from crushing sunflower and rapeseed to soya as part of ADM’s long-term strategy to expand its European soya processing plant network, reported World Grain on 26 July.

The company hoped the expansion would help it to better service is soyabean meal clients and increase soyabean acreage in the area.

“The extended soyabean crushing capacity in Spyck will help us meet customer demand as the European non-GMO soyabean market continues to grow,” ADM general manager for European soyabean crush Jon Turney told Wold Grain.

In addition to Spyck, ADM also crushes non-GMO soyabean at its Straubing facility in southeast Germany, where it had been working with farmers and industry accreditation bodies over the past year to enhance growth and increase soyabeans’ market share.

“We are committed to growing the soyabean industry in this region, and we are working hard to help farmers in France and along the River Danube see the value of growing soyabeans within their rotation,” said Rene van der Poel, ADM commercial manager for oilseeds in Germany.

John Grossman, president of European crush and origination at ADM, said the move to processing non-GMO soyabeans was part of the company’s growth plan.

“It is a great achievement for the team in Spyck to execute this latest step in our growth strategy, both on time and on budget. Flexible crush capacities, scale and carefully managed production costs per unit all remain key to our ongoing success in the region over the long term,” said Grossman.