Pioneering animal nutrition comes naturally to us


“We do not only change the rules, but consistently shape the game.” – Markus Dedl, Delacon CEO

Since its beginning in 1988, Delacon has followed the vision of founder Helmut Dedl to pioneer a natural way to keep animal performing and healthy. He adamantly pursued alternatives for antibiotic and synthetical growth promotors that would ensure sustainable, profitable livestock production and food safety. With investment in research and development of plant-based feed additives, Delacon started to replace belief with fundamental knowledge. For this new and, up to this point, unknown category of feed additives, Delacon created its own market and coined the term 'phytogenic feed additives.'


Delacon, 30 years later

… the pioneer and market leader in phytogenic feed additives

Phytogenic feed additives are in a prime position to meet animal feeding challenges of today and tomorrow. What started as a niche market has grown into a market of global importance as animal agriculture responds to a public call for the responsible use of antibiotics, sustainable livestock production and consumer transparency. As the market segment rapidly expands, Delacon continues to be the global market leader.

From our standardized and modern production facility in Steyregg, Austria, we currently export our products to more than 80 countries worldwide. Delacon has a global team of more than 100 employees at 17 locations and cooperates with distribution partners around the world.


Pioneering animal nutrition

© Delacon - Infographic: Pioneering animal nutrition


We are pioneering animal nutrition. Therefore, we are never satisfied with the status quo and are therefore consistently working to further expand our global leadership in market presence as well as product development. How are these efforts visible? We are leading the conversations about phytogenics along the entire feed-to-food chain. Besides being in touch with distributors, feed manufacturers and producers, we are engaging with a relatively new group of stakeholders within this field – consumers.

Moreover, we are continually investing in research and development – 10 percent of our turnover each year. Thirty years of pioneering work and persistence have paid off: Delacon is the first and only company with two zootechnical registrations for phytogenic feed additives. This authorization proves the efficacy as well as safety of our products, regarded as the gold standard in the industry.


Living the vision through shared values


Excellence meets innovation and sustainability 

As pioneers and market leaders, we continuously strive to be one step ahead. We have faced various challenges along our way, but always have been driven by one mission: 



Boosting the efficiency of animal nutrition, improving animal health and food safety, while at the same time minimizing environmental impact through the power of nature.

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Our mission clarifies the primary purpose of the company. But to know how we act and what is decisive for our behavior requires a closer look at Delacon’s values, our understanding of the slogan ‘performing nature’ and the key drivers of our daily work.


  • Excellence

    High quality is our commitment in all aspects of our business. We exclusively use state-of-the-art technologies run by highly skilled experts. At Delacon, we always ensure that our products are sustainable, safe and effective.


  • Innovation

    For us, R&D is one of the most important factors for our company’s future success. It is our untiring effort to explore and unlock nature's vast potential that makes us a global leader in phytogenic feed additives.  


  • Sustainability

    We work continuously to utilize the full potential of effective natural substances to make livestock production more sustainable and profitable and to deliver safe products to end consumers. Our corporate culture is based on stability and trust as well as long-term partnerships to support our mutual, sustained success.
Delacon values

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Leading by example - Delacon's management team


Diversity, pioneering spirit and high-level expertise are visible throughout the entire Delacon company. Profound decisions can only be made with a clear strategy. Headed by CEO Markus Dedl, Delacon is well positioned to drive key industry trends, including providing solutions for antibiotic-free diets or the increasing consumer demand for safe and sustainable food products. A global team will support him:


Markus Dedl, CEO

In 2010, he took over the business from his father, company founder Helmut Dedl, for Delacon and all its subsidiaries. Under his leadership, the company realizes double-digit growth rates and has become the global leader in the promising market segment of phytogenic feed additives.



Joerg Niebelschuetz, Director of Operations and Finance

In December 2012, Joerg Niebelschuetz joined Delacon as Director of Operations and Finance. In this function, he has implemented a number of new processes in all areas of the company, particularly in the production (integrated production planning) but also in accounting and reporting. Moreover, he is responsible for economic strategy and forecasting, financial performance and timely and accurate reporting.

Dedl Markus, Niebelschuetz Joerg

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Stéphane Jolain, Director of Global Sales & Marketing

He has 20 years of experience in product management, international sales, and
marketing in the animal feed business. In 2010 Stéphane Jolain joined Delacon, where he leads a strong sales team located across the globe, and oversees all sales and marketing activities. Furthermore, he has been involved in business development of key markets, such as Brazil, China, and the USA.


Dr. Jan Dirk van der Klis, Director of Product Development & Innovation

Dr. Jan Dirk van der Klis started his career in poultry nutrition in 1987. Besides the publications of various scientific articles, he was consulting many nutritionists at feed mills during his professional career. He started as Species Leader Poultry at Delacon in 2014 and has become Director of Product Development & Innovation in 2015. Together with his robust and multinational team, Dr. Van der Klis is responsible for research and development as well as product management and customer technical service in poultry, swine, ruminants, and aquaculture.

Stephan Jolain, Jan Dirk van der Klis

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