ADM makes major investment to increase soy protein production

ADM is investing approximately $300 million to expand its Decatur, IL alternative-protein production by opening a new state-of-the-art Protein Innovation Center.

ADM (Chicago) is investing approximately $300 million to expand its Decatur, IL alternative-protein production by opening a new state-of-the-art Protein Innovation Center. The project, with an expected completion date of Q1 2025, will increase the company’s soy protein concentrate capacity and nearly double extrusion capacity.

“The global trends of food security and sustainability are driving structural changes in the food industry, including strong growth in alternative proteins, and we’re investing to ensure ADM remains a leader in this vast and exciting space,” said Leticia Gonçalves, ADM’s president of Global Foods, in a press release.

Last year, the company acquired Sojaprotein, a leading European provider of non-GMO human nutrition protein solutions. Between the two investments, ADM will increase its global alternative protein production capacity by more than 30%.

The new Decatur Innovation Center will bring together labs, test kitchens, and pilot-scale production capabilities, with product offerings from novel and diversified ingredients to more sustainable and efficient processing, to unique and differentiated texture, taste, appearance, and nutrition solutions.