Karina Umdasch

4 minutes | 25. October 2018
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Delacon awarded with the SME Star Award 2018

Do you know what percentage of European enterprises are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)? 99 percent.

On October 17, 2018, eleven SMEs in Europe were given a stage, during a festive award ceremony in the European Parliament.  Among them Delacon.

© SME Europe

The STARs are shining: being small, thinking big

SMEs have great business success stories to tell – and are often hidden world champions.  The European Commission considers SMEs as key to ensuring economic growth, innovation, job creation and social integration in the European Union.

“There are plenty of sectors that need pioneers, but to be successful, you first need to have the courage to go for it. For that start something that matters and be passionate about it,” says Paul Rübig, Member of the European Parliament, who moderated the award ceremony.

And now, stage clear for the winner in the category “SME Agriculture Award” – it’s time to tell the story.

This year we are celebrating 30 years, and we have partially achieved our vision. Our phytogenic feed additives can be found in two percent of the annual compound feed output worldwide.

Markus Dedl

CEO, Delacon

Feeding the world sustainably: That’s our story

The birth of Delacon was driven by somebody’s pioneering work and passion of the growing team ever since.

It all started with an idea in 1988. Delacon’s founder, Helmut Dedl vision of replacing antibiotic and synthetic growth promoters in animal nutrition by plant extracts – to ensure sustainable livestock farming and food safety on a global scale. He coined the term phytogenic feed additives, and the growing Delacon company shaped this category ever since.

Today, the founder’s son and CEO, Markus Dedl and 130 team members all around the globe continue to investigate the plant universe. To determine the modes of action of herbs, spices, other plants, and their extracts. Thorough research has shown: Phytogenic feed additives are effective, safe and environmentally friendly.

And the winner is…

For its efforts as SME and contributing to make the world a better place, Delacon was awarded twice during the SME Award Ceremony: CEO Markus Dedl and Theresia Grossschartner, worker’s council lead, were proud to receive the SME Star Agriculture Award as well as the overall award.

Delacon is the SME Star Award Winner 2018 – and the mission continues.

About the SME Star Award – the “Oscars for SMEs”

The award was established with the initiative of the Board of the SME Europe of the EPP represented by acting members of the European Parliament.  Being remarkable and committed advocates for SME welfare throughout their entire career, it is them who observe best SME cases in their regions and nominate the most exemplary ones.

Markus Dedl (l) and Theresia Grossschartner are proud to receive the SME Star Award 2018 from Paul Rübig (r) © SME Europe

Modern animal farming while meeting current and future demands of a growing world population – this will not be possible without specialty feed ingredients. It is our responsibility to provide solutions to address societal concerns.

Markus Dedl

CEO, Delacon

Karina Umdasch
Corporate Strategy & Communications Manager at Delacon | karina.umdasch@delacon.com |

Since 2014, Karina Umdasch has been responsible for internal and external communications at Delacon. Her growing team consists of experts in various fields of communications. As of November 2017, Karina has enlarged her role in Corporate Strategy.
She is an active member of the Public Relations Association Leadership Team in Upper Austria and part of Austria's Young Leaders Forum. Her motto: Great things never came from comfort zones.