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Top Five Metals Trader Is Hiding Inside Food Giant Louis Dreyfus

  • Dreyfus unit is one of the five biggest refined metals traders
  • Metals firm is among top three largest concentrates traders
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Photographer: Paul Taggart/Bloomberg

Tucked behind Geneva airport in an unremarkable office, and surrounded by colleagues bartering grains, cotton and soybeans, sit the men and women running one of the world’s largest metals traders.

LDC Metals, a unit of foodstuffs merchant Louis Dreyfus Co., has built a trading force within a decade. It handles more than 3 million metric tons of material a year, bringing it closer to the ranks of the industry’s top players.