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Bunge, Inc.
Type Public (NYSEBG)
Founded 1818
Founder(s) Johann P. G. Bunge
Headquarters United States White Plains, NY, USA
Area served Worldwide
Key people Alberto Weisser
(Chairman of the Board) & (CEO)
Industry Agriculture
Products List of products
Revenue $ 52.574 billion (2008)
Operating income $ 2.423 billion (2008)
Net income $ 1.064 billion (2008)
Total assets $ 20.230 billion (2008)
Total equity $ 7.436 billion (2008)
Employees 24,787 (June 2009)
Website Bunge.com

Bunge Limited NYSEBG (formerly Bunge International and prior to that Bunge Y Born) is a Bermudan food conglomerate with its headquarters in White Plains, New York. As well as being a leading global soybean exporter it is also involved in food processing, grain trading, and fertilizer. It competes with Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland.

Founded in 1818 by Johann Peter Gotlieb Bunge in Amsterdam, it was relocated to Antwerp by Edouard Bounge in 1859. Edouard's brother; Ernest Bunge, took the Bunge name to Argentina in 1884, and in 1905 the business extended to Brazil and later on to the USA.

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History

A global company with European roots that date back to its founding in Amsterdam in 1818. European immigrants arriving in Argentina in the late 19th century took advantage of the newly created wheatlands. Two families joined forces to play a large role in the grain and oilseed business, initially in Argentina and then worldwide. The owning families expanded their business into industry in Argentina and Brazil, including textiles, paint, chemicals, fertilizer, banking and insurance. Throughout the early and mid-20th century they continued to be successful. In 1974, two third-generation family members, Jorge and Juan Born, were kidnapped by the Montoneros guerrilla group and recovered only after the payment of a $60m ransom.

The families became even more low profile. In 1989, Jorge Born, president of the company from 1987 (replacing the "business genius" Mario Hirsch), began working closely with the government of Carlos Menem. Bunge provided the government with its first two economy ministers. This intervention in politics upset the other shareholders and together with the company's lacklustre business performance, Born was ousted in 1991 and replaced by Octavio Caraballo.

The prior unity between the shareholders disintegrated as Caraballo struggled to modernize the company. Bizarrely the ousted Jorge Born has started working with one of his former kidnappers, Rodolfo Galimberti.

In 1994 the Bermuda-registered Bunge International was created as the main company in which the families had shares. There were around 180 shareholders – the main families were Hirsch, Bunge, Born, Engels and De La Tour. This replaced the older structure in which individual shareholders had stakes in all the different Bunge companies. Now only in Argentina does the Bunge y Born name still exist.

In 2001, Bunge went public. Through their three businesses - agribusiness, fertilizer and food products - they have established a leading global presence in the farm-to-consumer food chain. Bunge is the world's largest oilseed processor, the world's number one seller of bottled vegetable oil to consumers and the largest producer and supplier of fertilizers to farmers in South America.

In 2008, Bunge acquired Walter Rau margarine company from German. During 2009 Raisio Group will sell its margarine business to Bunge Limited.

Products

Bunge is a leading agribusiness and food company with integrated operations that circle the globe, stretching from the farm field to the retail shelf. Bunge's 22,000 employees at over 450 facilities in 32 countries participate in the global agribusiness and food production industries by:

Environmental record

In Saint Louis, Missouri the federal Environmental Protection Agency filed charges against Bunge company regarding pollution emissions.[2] This involved twelve soybean processing plants and corn mills in eight states throughout the US. The lawsuit claimed Bunge violated the Clean Air Act by constructing major modifications that increased emissions. Bunge must implement engineering approaches and pollution control projects, estimated to cost $12 million, to reduce emissions at the facilities by 2,200 tons a year. The settlement also calls for Bunge to pay a cash penalty of $625,000 and to spend $1.25 million to fund community-based environmental projects selected by and to be supervised by the impacted states. Granta Y. Nakayama said, "Agricultural processing facilities can be a major sources of air pollution and this settlement secures permanent emission reductions for citizens in the affected states."[3] Many states will profit from this blunder though. The state of Kansas will receive $22,000 of the $625,000 civil penalty, this being issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.[4]

Corporate governance

  • Alberto Weisser, CEO and Chairman of the Board
  • Jacqueline Fouse, Chief Financial Officer, Bunge Limited
  • Mario Barbosa Neto, President and Chief Executive Officer Bunge Fertilizantes
  • Drew Burke, Managing Director, Business Development
  • Flavio Sá Carvalho, Chief Personnel Officer
  • Jean-Louis Gourbin, President and Chief Executive Officer Bunge Europe
  • Archie Gwathmey, Managing Director Bunge Global Markets
  • Carl Hausmann, President & CEO, Bunge North America
  • Fernando Kfouri, Managing Director Food Products
  • Raul Padilla, President and Chief Executive Officer Bunge Argentina
  • Sergio Roberto Waldrich, President Bunge Alimentos

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