China and Louis Dreyfus Company: A History of Partnership
The company’s story started in 1851, when Léopold Louis-Dreyfus, the son of a farmer, entered the France-Switzerland grain trade. The company conducted its first trade with China in 1973, and today has a very strong, well-established presence in the country.
Arrival in China
We have been at the forefront of global trade with China since our first cotton trade in 1973, when we became the first foreign merchandizing company to buy and sell agricultural products in the country.
First Steps in Cotton
Establishing Our Presence
Entering the Sugar Market
Rising to new challenges has always been part of the company’s history. The early years of the 21st century in China were marked by entry into new businesses, as well as a growing presence throughout the country.
Domestic Trading Opportunities
Originating Apple Juice
Opening our Sugar Refinery
A New Chapter
Our industrial footprint continues to grow, as we invest in assets to deliver products that meet the growing needs of our customers, and seek to leverage innovative solutions and technologies to help feed a growing population for the long-term.