Archer Daniels Midland

The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM ), based in Decatur, Illinois operates more than 270 plants worldwide, where cereal and oilseeds are processed into various products that are used in foods, beverages, industrial products and animal feed worldwide.

ADM is one of the largest processors of soybean meal, soybean oil, palm oil, ethanol, fructose syrup and baking flours. European headquarters is role in near Geneva.

The company operates in Germany oil mills in Hamburg- home box ( Noblee & Thoerl GmbH), Mainz ( Soya Mainz) Kleve ( Ölwerke Spyck ) and Straubing ( oilseed processing). Moreover, there are in Germany biodiesel works of ADM in Hamburg, Leer and Mainz. 2009 took over the ADM Schokinag in Mannheim.

ADM also offers services in the storage and transport of agricultural products.

Among the divisions of the company: ADM Cocoa, ADM Corn Processing, Food Additives ADM, ADM Lecithin, ADM Milling, ADM monoglyceride, ADM Vitamin E, ADM Protein Specialties, ADM Food Oils.

In 2008, Archer Daniels Midland took second place in the Toxic 100 Index.


Founded in 1902, George A. Archer and John W. Daniels, a company that dealt with the pressing of linseed oil. 1923 took over the Archer -Daniels Linseed Company, Midland Linseed Products Company, and changed their name into Archer Daniels Midland Company. In every decade since its inception, ADM has added at least one more division to its agro-industrial range: milling, processing, specialty food, specialty food ingredients, cocoa, nutrition and more.

1993 ADM came in the headlines when it was revealed that there had been illegal price fixing in the distribution of lysine. In the subsequent court hearings, several members of ADM were found guilty, the Group was imposed a fine of $ 100 million.

In September 1999, Marty Andreas announced that due to pressure from the European agricultural industry, ADM would separate the area of ​​genetically modified products from non- genetically modified products to offer their customers a choice. Until then, the company had the sources of products not specified.

2001 Paul B. Mulhollem President of ADM. He has gone down in history because under his leadership ADM, the first U.S. company was that completed a contract with Cuba since the adoption of a trade embargo forty years before.

May 2006, Patricia Woertz, CEO of ADM. Due to her professional experience at Chevron Corporation is expected to develop a focus on developing ethanol and biofuels. February 2007 Woertz was also elected to the Supervisory Board. ADM, was known for a long time as a food company, is relocating its resources in recent years increasingly in the area of fuel production. According, a journal of the food trade, ADM had its capital spending in 2007 almost doubled, to an estimated 1.12 billion U.S. dollars. The entire increase is in the field of bioenergy, with a particular focus on ethanol and biodiesel.


The chocolate industry, including ADM, signed the so-called Harkin - Engel Protocol in September 2001. The protocol includes measures that should lead in the cocoa industry until 2005 to end the worst forms of child labor or slavery. A report of the ARD 2010 came to the conclusion that large companies such as Mars Inc., but also ADM or Nestlé still child slavery " tolerate at least. " An evaluation of the Tulane University Established 2011 found that of the six in the Harkin - Engel protocol above measures not only been fully implemented.