Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) is at the heart of the agricultural industry, covering the entire value chain from origination to distribution. We help people around the world meet every day needs for sustenance: getting the right food to the right location, at the right time.
Our Group is among the market leaders in many of the areas in which we operate. Our commitment to responsible practices and in-depth market knowledge has led us to be:
A number of key competitive strengths have contributed to the success of our Group:
We cover many of the world’s most traded agricultural commodities such as grains, oilseeds, rice, cotton, coffee, fruit juices, fertilizers and inputs, and dairy, plus we are involved in metals (including copper and zinc concentrates, as well as copper cathodes), the ocean freight market, and emerging financial markets.
For over 165 years we have pursued a strategy of being as close as possible to the world’s production and consumption regions and now have operations in five global regions: North America, North Latin America, South and West Latin America, Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Integration of our fixed farming and production assets into areas where our core commodities are produced generates synergies and economies of scale across a number of transactions. This includes commodity purchases and sales and their associated financing, as well as storage, transportation, and risk management activities. Integration of assets also helps to protect against supply risk by giving the Group increased control over physical flows in the supply chain.
Our merchandizing operations are supported by dedicated research teams who continually produce real-time, in-depth market intelligence. They apply principles developed and tested over 165 years of experience in the markets, using our extensive database for performance tracking and validation, and enabled by the latest technology. Real-time data analysis allows harvests on the ground to be evaluated by local offices and experts, and results to be processed centrally and directed to our platforms and merchandizing teams worldwide.
Risk management is a core function of the LDC management structure. The Chief Compliance Risk Officer is positioned just below the Chief Executive Officer in the Group’s management hierarchy and above all of the regional and functional organizational structures. Risk policies are determined centrally and administered regionally by a team of dedicated specialists. Exposures are monitored on a daily basis. Compliance procedures are continually reviewed and updated to reflect the constantly evolving regulatory environment.
Our management team has a proven track record of developing and growing the business. Since the creation of the Group in its current form in 2006, the current management has overseen:
Our company has been a family-owned business for over 165 years. This shareholder structure has historically provided stability and is conducive to the Group’s long-term consolidation, development and expansion.
Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods, leveraging its global reach and extensive asset network to deliver for its customers around the world - safely, responsibly and reliably. Today we help to feed and clothe some 500 million people, originating, processing and transporting approximately 81 million tons of commodities annually.