Global agribusiness giant Archers Daniels Midland (ADM) has announced it is opening a new Protein Innovation Center in Decatur, Illinois, USA.

As part of its drive to increase alternative protein production, the company said it was also investing US$300M in expanding production at the Decatur facility.

“The global trends of food security and sustainability are driving structural changes in the food industry, including strong growth in alternative proteins,” Leticia Gonçalves, ADM’s president of Global Foods, said in the 12 April statement.

Due for completion in the first quarter of 2025, subject to regulatory approvals, ADM said the new facility and production expansion would significantly strengthen the company’s ability to meet growing global demand for soya protein concentrate.

ADM said the new Decatur Innovation Center would include labs, test kitchens and would offer pilot-scale production capabilities.