Global agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM) is planning further investments at its crushing facility in southern Germany in order to expand its production to non-GMO high-protein soyabean meal.

The added capability at the site in Straubing would allow it to serve ADM’s soyabean meal customers and support local farmers in increasing the region’s soya output, the company said in a statement on 9 October.

“The decision to invest in the production of non-GMO high-protein soyameal is a logical step after the successful implementation of non-GMO soyabean processing at the site in May 2016,” said ADM general manager of European soyabean crush Jon Turney.

“The demand for non-GMO soyabean meal from European soyabeans is steadily growing. With the production of this meal, ADM will be able to better meet the needs of its poultry feed customers, as well as the dairy and pig feed markets,” he added.

The Straubing facility’s expansion follows ADM’s July change from crushing rapeseed and sunflower seed to soyabean at its mill in Spyck, also in Germany.

ADM said at the time that it hoped the expansion would help it to better serve its soyabean meal clients and increase soyabean acreage in the area.

“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,” John Grossman, president of European crush and origination at ADM, said at the time.