DECATUR - Archer Daniels Midland Co. said Tuesday it is planning to close its plant that makes veggie burgers early next year.
The move will affect about 40 employees. The company said in a statement it is making every effort to place the affected employees into other roles within the company.
The veggie burger plant, which is part of the West Plant complex in Decatur, opened in 1989 to increase the value of some of its soy protein ingredients. It was designed to foster consumer demand for soy protein-based vegetable burgers.
The company said recent evaluation of the business has shown that ADM is better served by selling soy protein ingredients directly to its customer base for use in their finished food products, rather than selling the finished products themselves. ADM will continue to process soy protein at the East Plant in Decatur for that use.
The company said the long-term use of the veggie burger plant is not yet determined.
The closure comes after ADM announced plans in August to restructure its management. About 40 management level positions were affected by that move, which cost about $23 million.
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