Cargill is creating a new division, Feed Applications, to market specialty feed ingredients to swine and poultry producers and to feed mills worldwide.

"Feed Applications will take a sound, science-based approach to marketing
enzymes, organic acids and direct-fed microbials," Cargill, the largest
privately held company in the United States, said in a statement. "Integrator and feed company nutritionists have told us they need effective and consistent ingredients that perform under commercial conditions and they expect suppliers to provide technical support."

The division is expected to complement Cargill's existing businesses,
which include a leading role in world feedgrain exports, and its recent
acquisitions.

In December, Cargill said it would buy St. Louis-based Agribrands for
$541 million in a deal that will create one of the world's biggest livestock feed manufacturers.

When the deal closes in April, Cargill will have 178 animal feed plants
in 26 countries. Its Animal Nutrition Division operates 108 feed mills in the United States and 18 other countries while Agribrands' 70 feed mills are outside the U.S.

Feed Applications plans to issue its first products by September 2001.

Rueters