Cargill sells its feed and premix formulation software business

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Formed as a Cargill brand after the merger of Feed Management Systems and the British company Format International at the end of 2015, Format Solutions specializes in the design, creation and marketing of software for the optimization of recipes, the allocation of ingredients, operational effectiveness and formulation for the animal and aquatic animal feed, pet food, human food, premix industries.

Caitlin O’Donnell, Head of Marketing at Datacor, told FeedNavigator what appealed to the company in the Cargill business:

“Datacor strives to be the premier software provider of industry-leading, industry-specific offerings for all process manufacturers and chemical distributors. This acquisition brings strong manufacturing and formulation experience with industry expertise in animal nutrition end markets.

“Under Cargill’s leadership, Format Solutions software has become the most widely used technology in the animal nutrition and pet food industries, responsible for manufacturing more tons of products worldwide than any other vendor.”

Format’s software and services cover feed and food formulation, feed manufacturing and operations management. The company serves customers in nearly 100 countries with the goal of digitally transforming livestock nutrition and production.

The business operated as a separate and distinct entity within Cargill, leveraging the agribusiness group’s organizational knowledge and expertise in animal and human nutrition and plant and farm operations.

All employees affiliated with Format will continue in their respective roles after the acquisition, the new owner said.

Datacor, O’Donnell said, is committed to accelerating investments in the Format product suite and “leverage the team’s knowledge of all Datacor products.”

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