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    Highlights

    LDC is a world leader in the merchandizing of rice, a crucial staple that provides more than a fifth of the calories consumed by people worldwide

    Merchandizer

    LDC is the leading merchandizer of rice on the global market

    Distributor

    We are one of the leading rice distributors in Africa by volume

    Supplier

    We supply paddy, brown and milled rice, mainly from Asia and South America

    About Rice

    Approximately 488 million tons of rice are grown annually around the world. Asia accounts for around 90% of global rice production, 85% of global demand and 75% of the world’s exportable surplus.

    Most rice is consumed as white rice (husked and polished), however rice flour is becoming popular with bakers as a gluten-free starch alternative, and rice milling by-products include bran, oil and starch.

    Thailand, India and Vietnam are the world’s top three rice exporters, followed by the US, Pakistan, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Myanmar. Africa accounts for approximately one third of global demand.

    Our Rice 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

    A highly experienced and diverse team, and our top-rate market research, are the foundations of our leading position in rice merchandizing.

    Relying on our extensive global network, we work to meet increasing demand driven by steep population growth and urbanization. Leveraging LDC’s ocean freight capabilities, the Rice Platform serves a growing global market with competitively priced, quality products.

    We are committed to upholding both industry best practices and our own strong risk management principles and standards in our rice origination, trading, sales and distribution activities.

    We continue to expand our activities in Africa to consolidate our position as a leading supplier in the region.

    Committed to Sustainable Rice

    LDC is a leading purchaser of Asian rice, mostly in bulk from wholesalers and local traders. In 2019, we took steps to review and understand potential labor and human rights issues in our rice supply chains, working with relevant stakeholders in Thailand and Vietnam.

    In Africa, we are working with partners to support smallholder rice farmers to increase their competitiveness and gain access to the domestic market.

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