ST. LOUIS, Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), announced that it has created a joint venture company with Twin Rivers Technologies Enterprises de Transformation de Graines Oleagineuses du Quebec Inc. (TRT-ETGO), a subsidiary of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd of Malaysia. The joint venture, Bunge ETGO L.P., will combine the commercial activities related to the crushing and refining operations of Bunge's Hamilton, Ontario plant and TRT-ETGO's plant located in Becancour, Quebec.
"This joint venture creates an organization that can more effectively serve the growing demand for canola and soybean meal and oil in the domestic and export markets," said Rick Watson, Bunge's country manager in Canada. "Managing the commercial aspects of both facilities as a single company provides a number of efficiencies, reducing the overall cost of running both facilities."
The combined crush capacity of Bunge ETGO is two million tons per year. Both plants are able to crush either canola seed or soybeans. While Bunge and TRT-ETGO will continue to own and operate their respective facilities, the joint venture will be responsible for all commercial aspects of the business including oilseed procurement, product sales and risk management.
"We are excited to combine our commercial activities with Bunge. Bunge ETGO will honor all open contracts and the new commercial team looks forward to providing new marketing opportunities for customers," said Wira Adam, acting CEO of TRT-ETGO. "While the new commercial team includes employees from both companies, TRT-ETGO will be closing its trading office in Montreal and relocating a few employees to Becancour or the joint venture's office in Oakville, Ontario."
Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.
About Bunge North America
Bunge North America (www.bungenorthamerica.com), the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), is a vertically integrated food and feed ingredient company, supplying raw and processed agricultural commodities and specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the livestock, poultry, food processor, foodservice and bakery industries. With headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, Bunge North America and its subsidiaries operate grain elevators, oilseed processing plants, edible oil refineries and packaging facilities, and corn dry mills in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
About Bunge Limited
Bunge Limited (www.bunge.com, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company with approximately 32,000 employees in more than 30 countries. Bunge buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains to serve customers worldwide; processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products for commercial customers and consumers; produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane; mills wheat and corn to make ingredients used by food companies; and sells fertilizer in North and South America. Founded in 1818, the company is headquartered in White Plains, New York.
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