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Global Highlights

LDC has been in the coffee business for over 30 years, merchandizing all major Arabica and Robusta coffee qualities to serve a diverse range of customers across the globe, from specialty roasters to multinational food companies

From Tree to Cup

85%

We are present in 11 coffee-producing countries around the world, covering 85% of global coffee production

37

A team of 37 sustainability experts helps us source coffee responsibly

Top 5

LDC is one of the top 5 green coffee merchandizers worldwide

About Coffee

Each year the world produces approximately 10 million tons of coffee, the two main species of which are Arabica and Robusta.

Milder, more aromatic and with less caffeine, Arabica coffee makes up the bulk of world production. It is grown mainly at higher altitudes in tropical and temperate regions of the Western Hemisphere, Brazil being the world’s largest producer.

Vietnam is the largest producer of Robusta coffee, which is largely grown at lower altitudes in tropical Asia and Africa. Brazil is the second larger producer of the variety.

Overall, Brazil is the world’s leading producer of coffee, followed by Vietnam, Colombia and Indonesia. The EU (as a region) consumes the most coffee, followed by the US, Brazil and Japan.

Our Coffee Value Chain

Each of our business lines is integrating further across the five steps of our value chain, as we respond to the need for a traceable and responsible supply line from farmer to consumer

01Originate

01Originate

We share our expertise with farmers and producers worldwide, ourselves or with business partners and expert organizations, as part of our commitment to responsible, sustainable and traceable supply chains

02Purchase & Process

02Purchase & Process

We buy directly from farmers, cooperatives and local traders who use responsible sourcing practices that adhere to our Coffee Suppliers Code of Conduct. We then process the beans, focusing on safety and quality control in compliance with our health and safety (SHE) policies

03Store & Transport

03Store & Transport

Our strategically located network of silos, warehouses, transloading facilities and ports allows us facilitate access to market for local farmers around the globe and enable us to control costs and mitigate risk throughout the product journey

04Research & Merchandize

04Research & Merchandize

Our depth of marketing and merchandizing experience is our greatest strength. All our platforms and regions rely on our market knowledge to ensure responsive supply.

05Customize & Distribute

05Customize & Distribute

We supply products to a wide range of customers, from large multinationals to local manufacturers and retailers

01Originate

01Originate

We share our expertise with farmers and producers worldwide, ourselves or with business partners and expert organizations, as part of our commitment to responsible, sustainable and traceable supply chains

02Purchase & Process

02Purchase & Process

We buy directly from farmers, cooperatives and local traders who use responsible sourcing practices that adhere to our Coffee Suppliers Code of Conduct. We then process the beans, focusing on safety and quality control in compliance with our health and safety (SHE) policies

03Store & Transport

03Store & Transport

Our strategically located network of silos, warehouses, transloading facilities and ports allows us facilitate access to market for local farmers around the globe and enable us to control costs and mitigate risk throughout the product journey

04Research & Merchandize

04Research & Merchandize

Our depth of marketing and merchandizing experience is our greatest strength. All our platforms and regions rely on our market knowledge to ensure responsive supply.

05Customize & Distribute

05Customize & Distribute

We supply products to a wide range of customers, from large multinationals to local manufacturers and retailers

Our Strengths in Brazil

Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer, accounting for a third of global production, and LDC is one of the world’s top three merchandizers of Arabica and Robusta varieties.

Recognizing our key role in bringing Brazilian coffee to the world, we continue to reinforce and grow our operations in the country, originating in all producing regions, expanding our participation in the domestic market and increasing exports to meet global demand for coffee.

We are committed to working toward increasingly sustainable coffee supply chains, working closely with farmers and partners to drive best practice at every step of the journey: from production to storage and logistics, and from export and marketing to the finished product.

Committed to Sustainability

We encourage the adoption of best agricultural, social and economic practices in coffee production by our partners, and are constantly evaluating the social and environmental impact of our activities.

We also participate in various responsible origination initiatives, focusing on quality and on product traceability. We launched our Conduct Manual for Raw Material Suppliers, in addition of working with 4C, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, C.A.F.E. Practices, and Certifica Minas checks and certifications.