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We are one of the largest orange and lemon growers and juice suppliers in the world, with sustainability as the cornerstone of our business model

Grove to Glass

Top 3

The world’s third-largest juice processor and merchant

+30 years

Active in Juice for over 30 years, and operating in over 70 countries

38 Farms

Our assets include over 25,000 hectares of citrus groves (with more than 14 million trees)

About Juice

Our juice business offers orange, lime and lemon juice – and associated by-products.

When citrus fruit is processed, nothing is wasted. Juice is extracted, oils are recovered and all remaining pulp is transformed into food grade dried peel for pectin extraction or citrus-pulp pellets for cattle feed.

The energy- and fiber-rich pellets are used as an animal feed ingredient, and the oil essences and aromas are primarily used by the flavor and fragrance industries, to which we are a major supplier.

We also produce dried peel from our ripe oranges, lemon and lime. This is used for pectin extraction. Pectin is sold on to the food industry as a gelling agent, thickening agent and stabilizer in food.

Brazil and the US are the main producers of orange juice. Although its main market is the EU, Brazil accounts for most of the North American consumption through exports, even with a local production of around 50% in the state of Florida. Several other countries also relies on Brazilian production, and consumption growth is greatest in emerging markets.

Our Juice 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 & Produce

01Originate & Produce

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 & Produce

01Originate & Produce

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

Our Strengths

We are involved in the entire value chain of citrus processing, from farming to distribution of packaged juices. In addition to merchandizing and risk management expertise, our success in the global fruit juice business is supported by extensive physical assets, sustainable operations and traceable supply chains.

Our assets include nurseries to grow seedling fruit trees, over 30,000 hectares of citrus groves (with more than 14 million trees) across 38 farms, 4 state-of-the-art processing facilities in Brazil and China, and 2 distribution terminals in Brazil and Belgium.

Our citrus terminals in the Port of Santos, Brazil, and in Ghent, Belgium, are capable of handling both Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice (FCOJ) and Not From Concentrate Orange Juice (NFCOJ) in bulk and drums.

Diversifying Downstream

Pursuing our strategy to move further downstream and diversify revenue through value-added products, in 2019 LDC entered into a joint venture with Luckin Coffee to supply, pack and distribute high-quality not from concentrate (NFC) juices through our partner’s fast-growing retail chain in China, with over 4,500 outlets across the country at the end of 2019.

The business will focus initially on NFC orange, lemon and apple juices, for which we already master the value chain from farms to customers, with the option to build our own bottling plant in the future.

Committed to Sustainable Juice

As a fundamental element of our juice production strategy, we have built sustainable solutions into our operations across the juice value chain

Sustainable Juice

Producing Juice Sustainably in Brazil

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