We have been in this business for more than 160 years and we apply our experience to a broad portfolio of commodities. It includes Oilseeds, Grains, Rice, Feed, Freight, Finance, Juice, Cotton, Coffee, Sugar, Metals, Dairy and Fertilizers & Inputs. We participate in industrial scale sugarcane activities through Biosev, our sister company in Brazil, where we operate 12 sugar mills.
Through our business operations and strategically located assets across the globe, we’re strongly placed to match demand for products in one part of the world with supply from another. As world resources become increasingly scarce and population steadily increases to 9 billion people by 2050, we continue to provide a vital service to the planet.
In fulfilling our vital global role, we are faced with various risks including logistical, operational, country, financial and commodity price risk. Our Group’s success can in part be attributed to the sophisticated risk management process which allows us to manage the risks inherent to the complex supply chain operating from field to end consumer. We seek to mitigate risks for the optimal outcome.
On top of our risk management process, we further strengthen our ability to control risks by investing in our own farms, processing plants and logistics infrastructure and by working in close partnership with producers all over the world.
We have developed a global footprint and maintain close proximity to sources of high growth supply and demand. We are present in all agricultural production countries, such as Brazil, and in all key consumption countries, notably China and India. We actively use international trading opportunities to avoid bottlenecks in supplies and to address gaps between key origins and destinations. Our geographic diversification is a significant advantage.
In addition, we are a major investor in farming, processing, logistics and transport, especially in the developing world As a result of our investment strategy, our portfolio of activities is diversified, global and integrated across the value chain, giving us a competitive advantage in several ways:
- Improved origination capability, connecting us to farmers
- Economies of scale through use of resources for the various commodities
- Enhanced information flow and cross-fertilization of know-how, enabling us to have an integrated view of the agricultural world
Diversification helps mitigate our risks. It also helps ensure we maintain our position as a key player in developing, advancing and modernizing the entire food supply chain, to meet the growing challenge of feeding the world.