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    Highlights

    LDC is a global leader in raw and refined sugar origination, merchandizing and marketing, and among the largest sugar refiners and distributors in the US

    The Journey of Sugar

    Top 4

    We are one of the world’s top 4 sugar merchandizers, transporting and marketing raw and white sugar to key consumer markets

    Worldwide Assets

    Our facilities include three processing assets in China and the US, and a storage site in Russia

    Bonsucro-certified

    We supply customers in the EU, US and Canada with Bonsucro-certified sugar

    About Sugar

    Sugar is a caloric concentrated commodity produced from sugarcane or sugar beets. Sugarcane grows best in tropical areas, as it demands large quantities of sunshine and water, whereas sugar beet is produced in temperate zones.

    South America and Asia dominate sugar exports. Brazil is by far the largest potential producer and exporter, but might choose to maximize ethanol production in a low sugar price environment, making global supply highly flexible.

    The largest importers are China, Indonesia, the Middle East, the Black Sea region and Africa. As both large producers and consumers, India and the EU swing from net exporters to net importers, depending on local production conditions, and have a significant influence on the world market.

    Our Sugar 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 among the largest sugar refiners and distributors in the US, where we have consolidated our position through the acquisition of Imperial Sugar, a leading US sugar refiner, and its brands.

    We originate sugar mainly from Brazil, Thailand and Central America, and distribute principally to the Black Sea region, Southeast Asia, North and East Africa, and the Middle East.

    LDC is known as one of the most reliable sources of sugar market intelligence, thanks to our extensive research on trade flows and perceptive futures analysis.

    Our insights have helped us to strengthen relationships with customers in key sugar consumption markets and increase our volumes significantly.

    Committed to Sustainable Sugar

    We support Bonsucro’s efforts to increase the adoption of its standards and practices for the responsible production of sugar.

    All relevant LDC facilities and trading entities are Bonsucro-certified and, since we do not grow sugar ourselves, we take steps to promote the organization to our suppliers and to merchandize Bonsucro-certified sugar wherever possible.

    In 2019, we were able to supply customers in the EU, US and Canada with Bonsucro-certified sugar. In the same year, we introduced a new water-saving decolorization process at our US Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, GA.

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