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We are a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods specializing in food, agriculture, metals, transportation, and risk management services. 

As an international agribusiness, our diversified activities span the value chain. We originate, produce, process, refine, transport, merchandize, customize and distribute approximately 81 million tons of commodities around the world annually. Through our international network of assets, we operate from farm to fork, aiming to get the right food to the right location at the right time.

Securing food supplies in a changing world is what we do best. We help feed and clothe up to 500 million people a year by strategically leveraging our global reach, our diversity of products, and our in-depth market intelligence.

Through innovation in both developed and emerging markets, Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) has become one of the largest family-owned businesses in the world.

With more than 165 years of experience, we apply our hard-earned expertise to a broad portfolio of commodities including:

  • Coffee
  • Cotton
  • Dairy
  • Fertilizers & Inputs
  • Finance*
  • Freight
  • Grains
  • Juice
  • Metals
  • Oilseeds
  • Rice
  • Sugar

Matching supply with demand

In a turbulent world, market complexity and price volatility is the new normal. From logistics to operations and geopolitical to regulatory changes, risk is inherent to the entire commodity supply chain.

Because LDC has such a significant network of strategic assets across the globe, we can readily match demand for product in one part of the world with supply from another. We create reliability through reach. Stability is maintained regardless of whether supply is abundant or restricted, helping to create certainty in commodity price management. 

As world resources become increasingly scarce and population is expected to steadily increase to 9 billion people by 20501, balancing available resources with global demand becomes even more vital to our planet.

LDC’s sophisticated risk management expertise and tools allow us to manage supply chain risks from field to consumer.

We further strengthen our ability to mitigate risks by investing in our own farms, processing plants, and logistics infrastructure. In addition, we develop long-term, solid partnerships with farmers, growers and processors all over the world to secure supply and limit market risk exposure.

Diversification

Our expansive global footprint puts us in close proximity to sources of high-growth supply and demand. We have representation in worldwide agricultural production strongholds, such as Brazil, and in all key consumption countries, notably China and India. We actively use international trading opportunities to avoid bottlenecks in supply and to address gaps between key origins and destinations.

In addition, we are a major investor in farming, processing, logistics, and transport, especially in the developing world. By investing strategically long-term, our portfolio is diversified, global, and integrated across the value chain. This provides multiple competitive advantages, which in turn, are passed on to our customers.

  • Connecting directly to farmers improves our origination capability.
  • Economies of scale allow us to apply resources across all our various commodities.
  • Enhanced information flow and cross-fertilization of know-how provides an integrated view of the global agricultural landscape.

Diversification helps mitigate our risks. It also helps ensure we maintain our position as an innovator in developing, advancing and modernizing the entire food supply chain, to meet the growing challenge of feeding the world.

1 UN, "World Population to 2300"

Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods, leveraging its global reach and extensive asset network to deliver for its customers around the world - safely, responsibly and reliably. Today we help to feed and clothe some 500 million people, originating, processing and transporting approximately 81 million tons of commodities annually.

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