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Viterra brand goes worldwide

Glencore Agriculture begins rebranding in most countries

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glencore Agriculture has officially taken the name of its Canadian subsidiary as its own worldwide. Glencore Agriculture, co-owned by commodity firm Glencore and two Canadian public-sector pension fund investment firms, announced Monday it has started to use the name Viterra — and a new brand, “Viterra: The Agriculture Network” — in most of the 37 […] Read more

File photo outside Viterra’s downtown Regina office building. (Dave Bedard photo)

‘Glencore Agriculture’ to adopt Viterra brand

Worldwide ag business to rebrand later this year

Reading Time: < 1 minute A trademark that Swiss commodity firm Glencore picked up when it bought its way into Prairie agriculture is about to become the global brand for its agribusiness offspring. David Mattiske, CEO of Glencore Agriculture, announced in a statement Wednesday the company will rebrand the business to Viterra in “late 2020.” The Viterra brand dates back […] Read more


Glencore’s head office in Baar, Switzerland. (Glencore.com)

Glencore’s head barley trader leaves post

Reading Time: < 1 minute Paris | Reuters –– Glencore Agriculture removed head barley trader Mathieu Kleine from his post last week, market sources familiar with the matter said. The grain merchant, which is part owned by diversified commodity group Glencore, dismissed Kleine due to disappointing results, two of the sources said. It was not clear if Kleine was still […] Read more

Louis Dreyfus’ oilseed processing plant at Yorkton, Sask. (LDC.com)

Grain trade regional tie-ups seen more likely over mega-deals

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paris | Reuters — The agricultural trading industry can expect more consolidation at a regional level in an effort to improve margins, but big deals between global merchants are becoming more difficult, Louis Dreyfus’ CEO said. Merchants have been grappling with lower profits from sourcing and shipping commodities such as grain and oilseeds, prompting cutbacks […] Read more


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Bunge names acting CEO, cuts 2018 guidance

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — Global grains trader Bunge appointed one of a slew of new board members as its acting CEO on Tuesday and cut its 2018 earnings forecast as the U.S.-China trade war battered soybean prices and devalued the company’s inventory in Brazil. Gregory Heckman, a founding partner of private investment firm Flatwater Partners and former […] Read more

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Bunge CEO Schroder to step down amid investor pressure

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — Bunge CEO Soren Schroder is stepping down after five years at the helm of the global agribusiness, following months of pressure from shareholders to shake up the company amid a prolonged grain market slump. The management change is the latest event to rattle the two-century-old commodities trader after a stretch of particularly weak […] Read more


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Gardiner Dam Terminal set to go full Viterra

Reading Time: 2 minutes The farmers who own half of central Saskatchewan’s Gardiner Dam Terminal have reached a deal to sell their half to their business partner and wind up the company. Glencore Agriculture’s Viterra arm announced Friday it will buy the half of GDT it doesn’t already own and take over operation of the GDT inland grain terminal […] Read more

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Bunge board backs management after earnings miss, CEO says

Reading Time: 3 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Agricultural merchant Bunge reported a worse-than-expected loss for the fourth quarter on Wednesday, the latest in a string of poor results that has left the company’s management fending off takeover bids from rivals. Several years of abundant grains supply on global markets have made it tough for Bunge and its rivals […] Read more


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ADM in talks to buy Bunge as early as this week

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — Top U.S. grains merchant Archer Daniels Midland could reach an agreement to buy smaller rival Bunge as early as this week, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. The potential deal comes as large grain traders that make money by buying, selling, storing and shipping commodity crops have struggled […] Read more

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ADM approach to Bunge a potential U-turn on oilseed strategy

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters –– Archer Daniels Midland’s proposed takeover of Bunge could signal a change in the company’s strategy on oilseeds, giving the top U.S. grain merchant a much bigger capacity to crush soy just months after ADM’s CEO said the firm would cut spending on the sector. The potential strategic change comes as the […] Read more