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ADM in South America

One of the world's largest agribusiness companies, Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), operates in grain trading and processing. It produces vegetable oils, ingredients and inputs for the food and animal nutrition industry, as well as biodiesel. It also operates a large logistics structure to transport these products to markets worldwide.

The company has operated for 20 years in South America and features activities in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay; it shows its confidence in these markets by making consistent investments in the expansion of its local operations, which employ almost 5,000 people.

Acting across the entire agribusiness chain, ADM owns approximately 52 silos in South America, as well as six port terminals; three are located in Argentina, two in Brazil, and one in Paraguay.

ADM has been present in Brazil since 1997, its largest South American operation, totaling around 3,300 employees. The company runs the following units:

Origination

Brazil is one of the most important global food suppliers and ADM runs one of its main origination operations in that country, working with thousands of producers, offering them technological knowledge, supporting them in selecting inputs, in obtaining credits, and providing them with guidelines on best practices aimed at cultivation and sustainability.

ADM also owns more than 30 silos in the country, as well as port terminals located in two geographically distant locations, one in Barcarena, State of Pará, and the other one in Santos, State of São Paulo. It also runs waterway operations on the Tietê and Paraná rivers and operates, in partnership with other companies, in the Northern Arc of the country.

Soybean Processing

  • Rondonópolis (Mato Grosso)
  • Campo Grande (Mato Grosso do Sul)
  • Uberlândia (Minas Gerais)
  • Ipameri (Goiás)
  • Joaçaba (Santa Catarina)

Sunflower Processing

  • Campo Novo dos Parecis (Mato Grosso)

Biodiesel

  • Rondonópolis (Mato Grosso) - Largest biodiesel plant in Brazil
  • Joaçaba (Santa Catarina)

Edible oils

ADM is one of Brazil's main vegetable oils processors; refining, bottling and merchandising Concordia and Corcovado soybean oil brands, as well as the Vitaliv special vegetable oils line.

Food Ingredients

ADM also produces a wide portfolio of special ingredients that are based on natural raw materials. Those have helped revolutionize the food industry by means of diverse applications and solutions that combine nutritional value, adequate texture and pleasant taste. Ranking among the five largest flavors companies in the world, ADM is renowned for its quality, innovation, prototype development and its comprehensive flavor systems. The company runs the following units in the region:

Functional soy protein: concentrated, textured, and isolated

  • Campo Grande (Mato Grosso do Sul)

Aromas, beverages, and special ingredients

  • Manaus (AM)
  • Uberlândia (MG)

Offices

  • Headquarters South America in São Paulo (SP)
  • Shared Services Center in Ribeirão Preto (SP)

Another important Latin American ADM operation is located in Paraguay, where it is the largest oilseed processing company and one of the largest input suppliers for production and flotation services. ADM employs more than 900 people in Paraguay; it relies on a sound structure that includes an administrative office in the capital city of Asunción, a plant in Villeta (Central Department), 14 agricultural crop procurement units throughout the country, three business offices, a shipping company, Naviera Chaco, that runs terminals in Villeta and Puerto Sara.

Based in Argentina since 1998, ADM has expanded its business; it runs an administrative office and two Golden Peanut plants, a subsidiary, which has operated in Alejandro Roca, in the Province of Córdoba, since 1995. It also owns terminals in the ports of San Martin, El Tránsito and Arroyo Seco, in the provinces of Santa Fe and Bahia Blanca, in the region of Buenos Aires. 

In Bolivia, ADM took up operations in 1998. Today, the company runs a manufacturing plant and an office in the city of Andres Ibañez, in the Department of Santa Cruz, in addition to six strategically distributed silos.

In Peru, ADM started operating in 1998 by setting up an office. In 2009, it started to run a factory in Lima.

ADM's operations in Uruguay began in 2008. Currently, the company has an office in the city of Montevideo and a silo in Palmitas, in the Department of Soriano. In 2010, the company took up operations in Chile by opening its first office in Santiago, given that the country's economy plays an important role in South America.

Throughout its 20 years of presence in South America, ADM has always invested in regional development and in the growth of its businesses, which is part of its strategy to increase its global performance.

However, ADM takes social aspects into account as well. That is why ADM Cares, a social investment program, has invested more than US$ 4.5 million in South America since 2009, supporting several projects in the educational, environmental and social areas to strengthen and empower the communities that are related to its operations.