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Aquaculture Expert, Dr. Wee Kok Leong, Joins Diamond V Team

2020 Recent News

Aquaculture Expert, Dr. Wee Kok Leong, Joins Diamond V Team

Cargill’s Diamond V® business has hired Dr. Wee Kok Leong, Ph.D., M.Sc. as Senior Consultant – Technical Services, Aqua. Dr. Wee brings with him over 37 years of extensive academic and commercial experience. His collective competencies lie in research and development of innovative products and new applications, feed and nutrition formulation, technical review, and training. In addition to comprehensive experience in the aquaculture industry, Wee has collaborated with and led diverse teams of individuals from broad backgrounds, professional experiences, and geographies. He holds an M.Sc. in Aquaculture and Fishery Management and a Ph.D. in Fish Nutrition, both from the University of Stirling, UK. Prior to joining Diamond V, Wee served as a university lecturer, academic supervisor, and technical consultant for various reputable universities and companies. He has become well-known and highly recognized in the aquaculture industry for both feed milling and feed additives. Mike Goble, Diamond V’s Global Managing Director, said, “We are very excited to have Dr. Wee on board. His depth of experience, knowledge, and management capabilities are exceptional and will complement our growing team.”

Cargill’s Diamond V Expands Production Footprint to Better Serve Growing Demand

2019 Recent News

Cargill’s Diamond V expands production footprint to better serve growing customer demand for natural animal health products

DiamondV Expansion 2020

Food customers and consumers are increasingly interested in understanding how animals are being raised, and demand is rising for animal protein that has been produced in natural* and sustainable ways. In response, Cargill’s Diamond V has expanded its Cedar Rapids manufacturing plant to complete all production and packaging of its natural immune support products in one facility.

“Diamond V has always been committed to offering products that support healthy animals, more efficient animal production, better pre-harvest food safety, stronger antibiotic stewardship, and improved public health,” said Mike Goble, Cargill’s global managing director for Diamond V. “The demand for natural animal health products is growing, and this expansion will allow us to support our customers.”

Cargill was joined by Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the $29.1 million, 100,000 square foot expansion at Diamond V’s south plant production facility. Production at the facility will begin in February 2020.

“Cedar Rapids is a proud manufacturing and agriculture-based community, and few companies better represent those two important industries than Diamond V and Cargill,” said Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart. “Diamond V is a global leader in science, nutrition and health, and we appreciate Cargill’s commitment to building and expanding this important business in our community.” As a result of this expansion, Diamond V will close its north plant and transfer all 20 employees to the south facility. The expansion immediately adds two production lines and is large enough to house up to eight production lines as the business grows to meet rising consumer and customer demand.

In 2018, Cargill acquired Diamond V, creating a leading natural animal health and nutrition business. The acquisition accelerated growth and supports healthier animals and more wholesome food production in the $20 billion global animal feed additives market. In response to the rising importance of health among both farmers and consumers, Cargill Health Technologies was formed in 2019, demonstrating Cargill’s continued commitment to growing a leading digestive and immune health business for both animal and human application.

“Through Cargill Health Technologies, we are pioneering a new path and unlocking the full potential of the bodies we nourish, helping both people and animals live more healthy days,” said Chuck Warta, President, Cargill Health Technologies. “When we put the full muscle of Cargill behind it, we believe we can address some of the most pressing global problems in how to feed the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.”

*natural as defined by AAFCO

Texas A&M Student Receives 2019 Diamond V Endowed Scholarship

2019 Recent News

Texas A&M Student Receives 2019 Diamond V Endowed Scholarship

Pictured Left-to-Right: Hilary Pavlidis, Ph.D., Director, Poultry Research & Technical Services of Cargill’s Diamond V; Austin Silva, Scholarship Recipient; Mark Farmer, Ph.D., Business Manager, Layers of Cargill’s Diamond V

The Poultry Science Association Foundation (PSA Foundation) has recognized Austin Silva as the recipient of the 2019 Diamond V Endowed Scholarship. Silva is currently a junior POSC/ANSC dual major enrolled in the Department of Poultry Science at Texas A&M University.

“The Diamond V leadership team recognizes the need to invest in the future leaders of our feed and food industries,” said Hilary Pavlidis, Ph.D., director, Poultry Research and Technical Services of Cargill’s Diamond V nutritional health business based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Read PSA Foundation’s full press release.