U.S.-based Land O’Lakes and Netherlands-based Royal Agrifirm Group will be partnering in China for a dairy animal feed project, forming the new company Agrilakes. The joint effort aims to provide high-level service to dairy farmers and feed producers there. Agrifirm is a company with over 100 years of experience in the feed and dairy business, with 20 years in the Chinese marketplace, while Land O’Lakes Inc. uses subsidiary businesses of Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField United to help Chinese dairy businesses. It also operates a training facility in China, the Dairy Farming Institute, in partnership with Nestlé. The new joint venture will begin based in Agrifirm’s Tianjin location, a port city in the northeastern part of the country. The companies plan to expand a dairy premix and specialty plant on the adjoining property. "Thanks to Agrifirm's established infrastructure and reputation in China, paired with Land O'Lakes' strong research and technology expertise, we are confident this new joint venture is well-positioned to help grow both companies," said Jerry Kaminski, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Land O'Lakes. Both companies' boards of directors have authorized the creation of Agrilakes pending appropriate antitrust and regulatory approvals.
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