CEO says Conto acquisition provides opportunity to enlarge Darling’s production portfolio with high-end food-grade fats and expand service across Europe.
Darling Ingredients Inc. announced Nov. 7 that it has acquired the stock of PPH Conto Ltd., a food-grade animal fat processing facility in Lubien Kujawski, Poland.
“Poland is one of the fastest-growing meat production areas in Europe,” Darling Ingredients chairman and chief executive officer Randall C. Stuewe said. “The acquisition of Conto provides us the opportunity to strengthen our current position in this important growth area and enlarge our production portfolio with high-end food-grade fats. This will enable us to expand our service portfolio not only in Poland but across Europe for both our customers as well as to our suppliers.”
Darling Ingredients is a global developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a wide range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, food, pet food, feed, industrial, fuel, bioenergy and fertilizer industries.
With operations on five continents, the company collects and transforms all aspects of animal byproduct streams into useable and specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, edible fats, feed-grade fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, organic fertilizers, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides. It also recovers and converts recycled oils (used cooking oil and animal fats) into valuable feed and fuel ingredients and collects and processes residual bakery products into feed ingredients.
Darling additionally provides environmental services, such as grease trap collection and disposal services to foodservice establishments and disposal services for waste solids from the wastewater treatment systems of industrial food processing plants. It sells its products domestically and internationally and operates within three industry segments: Feed Ingredients, Food Ingredients and Fuel Ingredients.