ADM’s activities in Central and South America include wheat milling, premix manufacturing, soybean crushing, and corn and cocoa processing. These operations enable us to produce a variety of sweeteners, starches and flours for food manufacturers, as well as a range of animal nutrition products for livestock producers. We also operate elevators and export facilities, often through joint ventures with local companies. Our storage capacity in South America has enabled us to become one of the continent's largest purchasers of soybeans and grains.
In Brazil, ADM is a major soybean processor, and we originate and sell soybeans, corn, sorghum, fertilizers and chemicals. We also operate the nation’s largest biodiesel plant to help meet strong demand for renewable fuels. Our ADM-Joanes plant is the nation’s largest cocoa processing facility, while our elevator system in Brazil is part of a network of 80 silos that includes facilities in Paraguay and Bolivia. These silos are used to source crops for processing plants in South America, Europe and Asia.
In Bolivia, ADM sells and exports vegetable oils and protein meals from soybeans and sunflower seeds. We produce packaged oils for private labels and for our own brands, which are marketed in the Bolivian market and exported to neighboring countries. We also have 13 elevators located throughout the nation’s growing regions.
ADM is a key player in grain and oilseeds in Paraguay. We finance, purchase, process, store and export soybeans, wheat, corn, canola and sunflower. We also import, distribute and sell fertilizers, chemicals, seeds and biodiesel. ADM operates 26 grain elevators in Paraguay and a transportation network that includes nine tugboats, more than 150 barges and a trucking company.
In Argentina, ADM is a major exporter, delivering to world markets more than $1 billion worth of corn, soybeans, sorghum, wheat, wheat-bran pellets and soy meal each year.