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Grains & Oilseeds

Global Highlights

LDC is a key player in grains and oilseeds, with a strong international presence in the world’s major producing and consuming regions. We originate, transform and merchandize a large spectrum of grains and oilseeds products.

Since 1851

LDC’s global reputation in grains and oilseeds dates back to the 19th century

Top 5

We are among the world’s top 5 merchandizers of wheat and corn, and are involved in approximately 11% of global oilseed flows

40 Major Markets

Relying on our ever-growing network, we deliver grains to all key destination markets, and oilseeds to over 40 major markets around the world

Our Grains & Oilseeds 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

02Process & Refine

02Process & Refine

Once bought or harvested, we bring crops to our assets for the next stage in their journey. These are ethically and sustainably processed and refined, coming one step closer to the consumer.

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

02Process & Refine

02Process & Refine

Once bought or harvested, we bring crops to our assets for the next stage in their journey. These are ethically and sustainably processed and refined, coming one step closer to the consumer.

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

Grains Strengths in Brazil

LDC operates in Brazil’s corn segment, including the dry milling corn processing market. As one of the largest exporters of Brazilian corn, we leverage our comprehensive logistics network of warehouses, port terminals and waterways in the country’s main producing regions.

In 2014, LDC opened a new chapter in its history in Brazil, with the acquisition of Kowalski Alimentos, one of the largest dry corn processors in the country, with products for both industry and end consumers, including pet food and fish feed.

Our entry into the processed corn market allows us to participate more fully in the grains value chain, diversifying our revenue by offering more value-added products.

Oilseeds Strengths in Brazil

LDC is among the largest soybean originators, processors and exporters in the country, and also operates in the cottonseed and groundnut markets, offering its own brands of refined soybean oil Vila Velha, cottonseed meal Pagador and groundnut meal Mandubi to the Brazilian market.

The cornerstone of our oilseed business in the country is the strong, trusted relationships we build with farmers, leveraging our expertise to support them among other things with logistics, storage, access to credit and barter operations, while promoting responsible agricultural practices.

Our origination and logistics teams work closely together to transport soybeans, corn and crushing by-products for export, via a complex network of highways, railways, waterways and ports.

Our inputs distribution business, which includes fertilizers, chemicals and seeds, completes LDC’s offer to farmer-customers.

Committed to Sustainability

In addition to our strong merchandizing capabilities, growing product portfolio and reputation for reliability and integrity, our leading position in grains and oilseeds is also connected with our commitment to responsible sourcing, traceable supply chains and sustainable business practices globally.

Increasing traceability in our palm and soy operations is also central to our sustainability efforts, to encourage responsible land use and non-conversion of native vegetation for soy and palm cultivation.