Archer Daniels Midland SWOT Analysis, USP & Competitors

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SWOT Analysis of Archer Daniels Midland with USP, Competition, STP (Segmentation, Targeting, Positioning) - Marketing Analysis

Archer Daniels Midland

Parent Company

Archer Daniels Midland Company


Food Processing& Commodities Trading


Food and Beverages

Tagline/ Slogan

Supermarket to the world; Resourceful by Nature


ADM connects the harvest to the home



Oilseed Processing, Corn Processing, Agricultural Services, Food,Feed Ingredient and Financial activities

Target Group

Manufacturers around the world  who use the food ingredients, animal feeds and feed ingredients, biofuels and other products produced by ADM


Emphasizes the advantages of the company's close, one-on-one relationships with farmers combined with its expertise and global resources.

SWOT Analysis


1. Comprehensive global research-and-development network which includes state-of-the-art culinary center& equipment, advanced pilot plants and laboratories worldwide.
2. Online services especially the e-ADM platformthat enables customers to cost effectively manage their business with automatic inventory monitoring and ordering, online payments, product and ingredient searches, logistics management and reporting.
3. ADM Cocoa markets its products under the well-respected brands Ambrosia, De Zaan and Merckens, there are other brands known and respected around the globe within other product categories as well.

4.Possesses significant barriers to entry that slows competitive threats and increases profits

5. ADM Logistics is a leader in supply chain solutions with access to one of the most far-reaching transportation networks in the world.

6. Robust financial performance over the years

7.  One of the companies that truly enjoys the benefits of the "farm" subsidies enabling it to obtain cornseeds, etc. at cheap rates

8. A member of more than 200 business and trade associations.


1. The business is exposed to volatility in commodity prices
2. Higher energy and raw material prices are negatively impacting production costs in the ingredients industry.
3. There is a reduced demand for products with synthetics in colors, flavor enhancers, preservatives, anti-oxidants and also artificial sweeteners. This will affect sales of some of ADM’s product offerings.


1.Investment in GrainCorpwill help grow their Agricultural Services and Oilseeds businesses by investing in key supply regions outside the United States
2.New partnerships with Wilmar International will help strengthen ADM’s global marketing reach, while delivering a best-in-class service to the customers
3.The health and wellness market offers opportunities, with a demand for natural and scientifically proven ingredients.

4. There are also new opportunities in some categories, as suppliers look to develop cheaper alternatives to costly ingredients. For example, as cocoa prices continue to fluctuate, cheaper alternatives such as cocoa butter equivalents are becoming a popular alternative.


1. Fluctuations in prices of fuels and energy products can have adverse effects on the company’s production costs and profitability
2.Markets within which it operates are highly competitive

3. Vulnerable to development of new substitution products
4. Use of GMOs is against the regulations of governments in certain countries so it faces a risk of losing markets in these nations



1. Bunge Limited
2. Cargill Incorporated
3. Ingredion Incorporated

The table above concludes the Archer Daniels Midland SWOT analysis along with its marketing and brand parameters.


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