Church & Dwight Acquires Agro BioSciences

 ARM & HAMMER Enhances Productivity Portfolio with Microbial Terroir™ Technology Platform 

PRINCETON, N.J. (May 4, 2017)—Church & Dwight Co., Inc., the parent company of Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition, is pleased to announce today it has acquired Agro BioSciences™, Inc. of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Agro BioSciences is a leading microbial biotechnology company with an innovative platform to provide novel, science-based products for animal and agricultural production. Using proprietary techniques and functional genomics, Agro BioSciences identifies the distinct and beneficial bacteria within the Microbial Terroir™ to improve animal and agricultural productivity. 

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Kinky Back - the growing inflammatory disease

Enterococcal spondylitis (ES), commonly known as kinky-back, is an inflammatory disease in poultry caused by infection and inflammation of the avian caudal thoracic vertebrae.

ES has garnered growing attention in the industry due to high mortality and loss associated with the disease in recent years. 

At Agro BioSciences labs, we isolated Enterococcus cecorum from the spines of ES affected birds and identified it as the causative bacterial agent. E. cecorum is also a predominant commensal bacterium in the avian gastrointestinal tract.

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Choosing a DFM

dfmEvery company experiences unique challenges. Determining the most beneficial direct-fed microbial (DFM) for your company is essential to meet the goal of efficient production.

At Agro BioSciences, we work with live production, nutritionists and veterinarians to determine specific challenges within production systems. We customize our products to develop a program approach that maximizes our customer’s value proposition.

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Agro BioSciences Expands Probiotic Strain Portfolio

Agro BioSciences, Inc. announced today the expansion of their proprietary microbial portfolio, with the addition of two new Bacillus subtilis strains. Researchers identified the strains as beneficial probiotics due to their unique properties to work in poultry production systems.

These new Bacillus strains further strengthen the Agro BioSciences portfolio and add to the “Microbial Terroir” program. “Research shows that ‘on farm’ challenges shift over time. It’s important that our research is constantly searching the terroir to identify new strains to combat emerging challenges and improve efficiencies,” said President Tom Rehberger.

The fastest growing section of the US Poultry production industry continues to be 'organic' and RWA (raised without antibiotics). “Multiple market discontinuities continue to drive US poultry production and have fueled a surge for sustainable and non-medicated feed additives. Our Microbial Terroir program is designed to meet those changing needs,” said Vice President of Poultry Sales Chris Kromm.

Microbial Terroir Report - Aug 2016

Terroir Report

Read this month's Microbial Terroir Report. The latest information about current research and microbial happenings.

With research as a cornerstone of its mission, Agro BioSciences is focused on developing novel, science based products using next generation technology to identify the distinct and beneficial microbial terroir from complex microbial systems ranging from the human and animal gut to prepared foods.


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Perspectives from Under the Arch….

Screen_Shot_2016-08-22_at_12.25.36_PM.pngPerspectives from Under the Arch….

The International Associations of Food Protection (IAFP) held its 2016 Annual Meeting and Trade Show a couple weeks ago in St. Louis, Missouri.  Like previous years, the symposia, roundtables and technical session were a blend of Academic, Regulatory and Industry leaders discussing the latest in microbial food safety and related human health issues. 

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Clean Label Trends

02A15259There is no standard definition of Clean Label (much like natural but at an earlier stage) but in short, you can think of Clean Label foods as minimally processed, containing no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or anything else consumers cannot pronounce or don’t understand why it's in their food. A Clean Label food has a relatively short ingredient list (somewhere between 7-10 seems to be a reasonable cutoff). Other taboos for Clean Label often include GMOs, antibiotics, and hormones. 

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BioVONTAGE™, a new cultured ingredient

dipsBioVONTAGE™, a new cultured ingredient product-line focuses on enhancing the flavor and maintaining the quality of fresh prepared foods

August 2016 (Milwaukee) – Agro BioSciences, Inc, a biotechnology company focused on innovative microbial research, announced today the launch of a new business division focusing on enhancing the “Microbial Terroir” that impacts the freshness, flavor, and quality of food.

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Agro Wins Innovation Award

In May, BizTimes awarded Agro BioSciences with an Innovation Quotient Award to recognize its novel microbial research. Specifically, Agro's research on identifying the microbial properties of antioxidant-rich foods and determining which bacteria need to be present in the body for people to fully take advantage of their health benefits was highlighted.

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Bacteria: The Missing Link to Improved Human Health & Wellness

Picture1Consumers will pay a premium price for health foods and beverages because they are packed with nutrients that promise to limit disease, improve cardiovascular health, and decrease bone loss. But nutrient intakes alone won’t deliver these benefits — the microbial environment in the end user’s gut is the deciding factor.

Does this come as a surprise? It may, actually, to many. 

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Agro BioSciences Announces New Staff Member

AgroBioSciences IPPE boothApril 2, 2015 (Milwaukee, WI): Agro BioSciences announces the addition of Benny McClure.  McClure will be responsible for the technical sales and support of Agro BioSciences’ Microbial Terroir Platform.  Mr. McClure will be located in Arkansas and will cover the southern and southeastern US broiler market.


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Agro BioSciences: Announces the addition of Dr. Doug Willrett, Ph.D

Doug WillrettAgro BioSciences announces the addition of Dr. Doug Willrett, Ph.D. Dr. Willrett will be responsible for the company’s Polyphenol Biotransformation Platform and the further research and development of products that will be introduced to select markets for improving human health and wellness.

Dr. Willrett brings over 30 years of experience to Agro BioSciences having worked in the food industry in both scientific and marketing roles throughout his career. 


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