Bunge to purchase Grupo Altex Wheat Mills in Mexico
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Oct. 23, 2013
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bunge North America, the North
American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), announced that it has
agreed to buy the wheat milling business of Grupo Altex S.A. de C.V.
Financial terms were not disclosed. The purchase is expected to close by the
end of the year subject to regulatory approval and customary closing
A leading Mexican wheat miller, Grupo Altex operates six mills with an annual
processing capacity of approximately 800 thousand metric tons. It produces a
broad portfolio of products from many varieties of wheat including bread
flour, prepared flours for baked goods, tortillas and pizza and semolina for
pasta. These mills are well placed to serve Mexico's key population centers
and will complement Bunge's existing wheat milling business, Harinera La
Espiga, to provide nationwide coverage to key flour customers.
"This investment further strengthens our core food and ingredients segment by
building on the consistent success of our North American milling business,"
said Gordon Hardie, managing director, Food & Ingredients, Bunge Limited.
"Grupo Altex has an experienced team, efficient assets and an innovative
product portfolio that will provide a solid platform for profitable growth in
a compelling market."
In addition to the mills, Bunge is acquiring Grupo Altex's product brands and
its innovation center.
"Grupo Altex shares Bunge's approach of focusing on quality and service as we
partner with some of the world's most well-known food companies to protect the
integrity of their products," said Todd Bastean, president and CEO, Bunge
North America. "By leveraging our Mexico milling assets with our wheat
origination capabilities in North America, we can provide customers with an
efficient, reliable supply chain."
Jose B. Avalos, executive vice president of Grupo Altex stated, "We are
confident that the sale of the wheat milling business to Bunge, while not an
easy decision, is in the best interest of our key stakeholders, particularly
our customers and employees. Bunge is well placed to grow the business. The
proceeds from the sale will be utilized to strengthen our position in the
fruit and vegetable processing businesses, fully in line with our strategic
Bunge was advised by Rothschild and Rabobank on the transaction.
About Bunge North America
Bunge North America (www.bungenorthamerica.com), the North American operating
arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), is a vertically integrated food and feed
ingredient company, supplying raw and processed agricultural commodities and
specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the livestock,
poultry, food processor, foodservice and bakery industries. With headquarters
in St. Louis, Missouri, Bunge North America and its subsidiaries operate grain
elevators, oilseed processing plants, edible oil refineries and packaging
facilities, and mills in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
About Bunge Limited
Bunge Limited (www.bunge.com, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and
food company operating in over 40 countries with approximately 35,000
employees. Bunge buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains to
serve customers worldwide; processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal
feed and edible oil products for commercial customers and consumers; produces
sugar and ethanol from sugarcane; mills wheat, corn and rice to make
ingredients used by food companies; and sells fertilizer in South America.
Founded in 1818, the company is headquartered in White Plains, New York.
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