China’s ban on Canadian canola expands to Viterra

Reading Time: 2 minutes Beijing/Ottawa | Reuters — China expanded its ban on Canadian canola seed imports on Tuesday to include shipments from Viterra, the latest development in a wider trade dispute between the two countries. Viterra is the second canola exporter to have its registration cancelled, after Beijing halted shipments from top exporter Richardson International earlier this month. […] Read more

Viterra buys up all of North Dakota grain terminal

Reading Time: < 1 minute Viterra has bought up the other half of a U.S. joint-venture grain terminal the company helped build in its SaskPool days. The Regina-based grain handling arm of commodity firm Glencore announced Thursday it has closed a deal to buy U.S. food processor General Mills’ 50 per cent stake in the two companies’ grain terminal at […] Read more

Viterra offers up 24/7 online grain contracting

Reading Time: 2 minutes Prairie grain growers doing business with Glencore Agriculture’s Viterra arm can now create their own grain contracts with the company anytime online. In what it describes as the “first and only full range” of online contracting options for farmers in Western Canada, Viterra launched its new system on its myViterra platform in December. A Prairie […] Read more

Viterra to boost two Prairie elevators’ capacity

Reading Time: < 1 minute One of the Prairies’ biggest grain handlers has pledged to boost the handling and rail capacity at two of its inland terminals. Glencore Agriculture’s Viterra arm announced Thursday it plans to upgrade its elevators at Stettler, Alta., about 80 km east of Red Deer, and at Binscarth, Man., about 120 km southeast of Yorkton, Sask. […] Read more

Grain company hunt goes on for Glencore

Reading Time: 2 minutes Geneva | Reuters — Commodities giant Glencore has made unsuccessful moves for three or four smaller targets in the grain sector this year as it seeks acquisitions to grow upstream, the head of its agricultural arm said. “We have looked at three or four possibilities in our core area already this year but couldn’t reach […] Read more


Bunge shares jump on report of Glencore standstill agreement

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters — Shares of U.S. commodities trader Bunge surged on Friday after the Wall Street Journal reported that Glencore had a standstill agreement that temporarily prevents the Swiss company from making a hostile bid for Bunge. Bunge had rebuffed a takeover approach by Glencore in May. Speculation has swirled for months that Glencore would make […] Read more

Glencore looking to expand agriculture business, CEO says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cham, Switzerland | Reuters –– Miner and trader Glencore is looking to expand its agriculture business via its partnership with two Canadian funds, the company’s CEO said on Wednesday, but has no plans to move into any commodities it does not already trade. CEO Ivan Glasenberg was speaking a day after U.S. grains trader Bunge […] Read more

Glencore approaches Bunge on possible takeover

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters — Glencore Plc said on Tuesday its agricultural unit has made an informal approach to commodities trader Bunge Ltd. about a “possible consensual business combination,” the company said in a statement. The commodities trading firm did not say more about a potential offer that its Glencore Agriculture unit made to Bunge. Glencore, whose Canadian […] Read more


Viterra buys North Dakota elevator

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prairie grain handler Viterra is expanding its reach in eastern North Dakota with a deal for Gavilon Grain’s elevator at Grand Forks. Regina-based Viterra said Monday it has closed its acquisition of Omaha-based Gavilon’s Grand Forks site for an undisclosed sum, and plans “immediate capital upgrades” for the elevator. The Grand Forks site, which was […] Read more

U.S. agribusiness deal not a priority for Glencore

Reading Time: 2 minutes Lausanne | Reuters — Glencore does not see further consolidation in agricultural commodities as straightforward and views a U.S. acquisition as less crucial than in the past, the group’s agriculture chief said Tuesday. The diversified trading and mining group had pointed to the possibility of making bolt-on acquisitions after posting improved results for 2016 and […] Read more