One of the largest agribusiness companies in the world, we are also the #1 oilseed processor.
For Bunge, everything starts in the agricultural fields. Although we do not operate farms for most of the agricultural products we source, we have built strong relationships with farmers as we source oilseeds and grains and ship them around the globe. We also process food and ingredients and operate in the bioenergy market.
An Integrated Business: From Field to Table and Beyond
Our operations span four business segments: Agribusiness, Food & Ingredients, Sugar & Bioenergy, and Fertilizer.
Our Agribusiness segment processes and transports tens of millions of tons of grain and oilseed each year. We purchase these commodities from farmers or intermediaries, and store, transport and sell them both within the growing region and internationally — connecting farmers with global markets.
In oilseeds, we principally source soybeans, rapeseed, canola and sunflower seed, and our principal grains are wheat and corn. We sell our oilseeds, grains and oilseed meal to animal feed manufacturers, livestock producers, wheat and corn millers, and other oilseed processors, including our own Food & Ingredients businesses. We also sell oil products for various non-food uses, including industrial applications and the production of biodiesel.
Lastly, through our Agribusiness segment we offer trade structured finance, financial risk management and logistics services to end customers, and execute risk management strategies for our own company.
Our Food & Ingredients segment comprises our edible oils and milling operations. Our edible oils business produces specialty oils and fats, margarines, mayonnaise, shortenings and whipped toppings that we sell to food service, food processor and retail customers. Our milling business creates milled wheat, corn and rice products that we sell to food processors, bakeries, brewers, snack food makers and other customers.
We are able to create efficiencies in our Food & Ingredients businesses by sourcing oilseeds and grains through our agribusiness arm and using the same logistics systems. And through our research and development centers in the Americas, Europe and India, we enhance the nutritional profile of the oilseeds and grains we source. We have developed a portfolio of these products, including low-trans-fat and fortified oils that are both nutritious and on trend with today’s consumer preferences.
Our Sugar & Bioenergy segment produces sugar and ethanol in Brazil and is a leading trader and merchandizer of sugar around the globe. Through cogeneration facilities at our sugarcane mills, we produce electricity from the burning of sugarcane bagasse (the fibrous portion that remains once sugarcane juice is extracted), supplying all required energy for our mills and selling surplus energy to the local grid or other users of electricity. We also invest in a small number of corn ethanol plants in the U.S. and Argentina, and through a joint venture in Brazil we use microalgae to convert sugars into tailored oils.
Our Fertilizer segment sells crop fertilizers to farmers in South America. Through our operations in Argentina, we produce, blend and distribute a range of NPK fertilizers, including phosphate-based liquid and solid nitrogen fertilizers. Fertilizer is a strategic part of our business and serves as a complement to our Agribusiness operations.
Grains and oilseeds, specifically, account for more than 50% of the available calories in the global food supply today.
Nutritious food supports human health, which is the basis of human well-being and development. Grains and oilseeds, specifically, account for more than 50 percent of the available calories in the global food supply today. Bunge enhances the nutritional profile of diets around the world with our oilseeds and grains and through the fortified foods we produce.
Soybean, canola, rapeseed and sunflower oils are among the richest dietary sources of polyunsaturated fat and omega-3 and omega-6 fats, all of which have known health benefits. Whole grains are rich in fiber, which is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease. Whole grains also provide minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc, as well as B vitamins. And quinoa, millet and sorghum — gluten-free grains — are a good source of nutrients. Bunge is a leading company in the global trade of grains, providing nutritious raw materials around the world.
“We are in position to become the partner of choice for industry-leading sustainability companies.“ —Mauro Cerati, Vice President, Milling and Global Account Development
With an integrated value chain that stretches from farm to fork, Bunge is well positioned to deliver safe, affordable and nutritious grains and oilseeds around the world. And our fortified margarines, enriched oils and omega-3 blends supply nutrients and other benefits that are needed for human health and that reduce disease risks.
These sources of nutrition will be critical to global initiatives such as those that will help to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including efforts to end hunger and achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030.
We will continue to work with partners across our food value chains, the nutrition community and the public health sector to help improve public health by providing healthier oil and grain products, for which there is growing consumer demand.
As part of our Inherent Nutrition platform, Bunge brings out the natural goodness of oilseeds, such as the essential omega-3 fatty acids in Poland’s Optima margarine.
Launched in February, Kujawski’s cold-pressed line features rapeseed, flaxseed, sunflower and pumpkin seed oils, the fastest growing oils in the category. These offerings align with three of Bunge’s Food & Ingredients “added value” criteria — natural origins, healthier choices and sensory experience — product attributes that help guide Bunge’s strategy for meeting consumers’ changing tastes and preferences.
Kujawski promotes its products by educating consumers across a wide variety of platforms: a dedicated product website, outreach to influential food bloggers to encourage taste-testing and reviews, advertising on leading culinary websites, product placement on cooking shows and other TV programs, and in-store product displays and promotions.
Douweijia is a DHA-enhanced blend of soybean and sunflower oils developed to help people in China better meet the recommended daily intake of DHA, an omega-3 fat that helps maintain brain, heart and eye health in humans. DHA is naturally unique to algae and fish, and its intake in China is far below recommended levels.
Phytobake is a shortening that delivers the same baking performance as traditional shortenings, but doesn’t contain partially hydrogenated oil — a key source of trans fat — and has approximately 50 percent less saturated fat than palm oil or butter. Developed in North America, this proprietary shortening uses plant sterols to replace trans fat and saturated fat, while providing structure to baked goods.
Our Whole Harvest Foods brand of Non-GMO Canola Oil, made from 100 percent expeller-pressed, nongenetically modified canola oil, contains naturally occurring omega-3s, is cholesterol-free and contains no trans fats. And it is certified by Whole Harvest and the Non-GMO Project.
Whole Harvest Foods’ Non-GMO SmartCoat®, a cooking spray made from expeller-pressed, non-GM canola oil and sunflower lecithin, provides cooking solutions for our food service customers.
Early in 2016, Bunge North America began producing Non-GMO Project–verified milled corn products from its Crete, Nebraska, mill, representing a large commitment on the part of our company. This sustainable supply of non-bioengineered corn will help a wide range of customers, including makers of cereals, batters and snacks as well as brewers, to add non-GMO products made from corn to their offerings. Eighty percent of Bunge’s corn was already sourced from growers rather than grain elevators, making it easier to create a separate non-GMO supply. Non-GMO hominy feed, a byproduct of the corn milling process, will also be sold as animal feed.
In North America, Bunge also uses quinoa, millet and sorghum to make puffs, flours, whole grains and other gluten-free products that are high in fiber, protein and essential amino acids. These foods are also rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and naturally occurring polyunsaturated fats.
We are the #1 seed oil producer globally, and the #1 wheat miller in Latin America.
Product Quality & Safety
Throughout our value chains, we adhere to leading standards for product quality and safety. We help ensure our products’ quality and safety through several means, including:
- Traceability on multiple levels for our raw material
- Product safety and quality certifications in place for several operating sites (GMP, HACCP, ISO 9001-2008, ISO 14000, OHSAS 18001, FSSC 22000)
- Adherence to regulations
- Label-approval verifications where applicable
Like the global agribusiness and food industry as a whole, we are focused on the complex, extensive and ongoing process of eliminating contaminants from the value chain.
Sustainability requirements are becoming increasingly demanding in our market, and food and agribusiness suppliers such as Bunge are asked to meet a range of criteria across multiple customers.Audits
Bunge’s sustainability performance is usually vetted by our customers, by sector roundtables and criteria, and by NGOs. In addition, our operating companies may be audited by customers from time to time, and are also subject to other third-party audits related to product quality and sustainability criteria, depending on market needs.
“We’re working on one of the world’s greatest sustainability challenges: to ensure food security for a growing population in a sustainable way. By joining the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, we plan to share our knowledge and expertise as we collaborate with industry leaders to deliver solutions.” —Soren Schroder, CEO, Bunge Limited
In all cases, Bunge certifies only the amount of supply for which there is demand and that aligns with our business strategy.
Going forward, we aim to meet increasingly exacting standards to ensure a competitive advantage within our industry, in which a universal standard of compliance among customers would help control related costs.
Sustainability-Related Certification Schemes
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC)
Biomass biofuel, voluntary sustainability scheme (2BSvs)
European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC)
Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2, EPA)
U.S. Soybean Export Council
|Sugarcane||Bonsucro (sugarcane mills, Brazil)|
Canola, corn, rapeseed,
sunflowers and wheat
|International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC)|
An expected surge of the global population and the unpredictability of rainfall and other weather patterns due to climate change are making it necessary for agribusiness and food companies to plan for increased food production and less food waste, and to take measures to combat and manage the risks of climate change.
Bunge is preparing to help feed 9.5 billion people by 2050 on several fronts. We are investing in new facilities, working to increase the efficiency and integration of our supply chains, promoting sustainable agriculture, and striving to ensure resiliency to climate change in various regions of the world.
From 2013 through 2015, Bunge was an anchor sponsor of the Aspen Institute’s Food Security Strategy Group (FSSG), an expert strategy forum of thought leaders from business, government, academia and civil society in support of long-term food security that developed recommended actions for further international coordination around the subject.
Most recently, Bunge became the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a CEO-led organization working to galvanize businesses around the world to help create a sustainable future.
In the years ahead, we must balance sustainability requirements with macro efficiencies in order to continue to meet demand and standards of safety and quality around the globe.
Bunge’s Best in Class initiative, including enhanced analytics, optimized assets and improved processes, is being implemented throughout all of our operations.
In 2015, teams produced gains at nearly every point of our integrated value chain — from industrial efficiency and product-quality enhancements in processing and packaging to logistics, downstream supply chain management and pricing. Following best-in-class principles, approaches pioneered in one part of the business are spread to other operations. The Bunge Management Operating System, a manufacturing excellence methodology first introduced in our Food & Ingredients oil facilities and then applied in corn and wheat mills, is now being rolled out in crushing plants and refineries. And the Facility Analysis Program (FAP) is moving beyond soy processing and into Food & Ingredients. In FAP alone, we have identified more than 1,000 improvement opportunities at 23 plants in eight countries. In 2016 and 2017, the program is targeting 15 refineries.
Packaging is especially material to our Brazilian operations, owing to the large number of consumer products we manufacture in that country. Following successful packaging–weight–reduction projects implemented in 2015, our margarine packages use, on average, 3.8 percent less raw material (plastic), and we also achieved an approximate reduction of 6 percent in the cardboard boxes used for our 900ml soybean oil containers, achieved through standardization of packaging.