Each day, the 30,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company connect the harvest to the home, transforming crops into products that serve vital needs for food and energy. With sourcing, transportation, storage and processing assets in more than 75 countries, ADM converts corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into food ingredients, animal feed ingredients, renewable fuels and industrial products that are consumed and used by millions of people every day.
Operations - BRAZIL
As the fifth most populous country in the world and the largest economy in South America, Brazil is an important part of ADM's growing global business. In Brazil, we process and sell soybeans, corn, cocoa and sorghum, and produce fertilizers, biofuels and chemicals.
ADM began operations in Brazil in 1997 after purchasing several crushing plants, grain elevators and silos.
Today, we have more than 2,000 employees in Brazil and own or lease grain elevators in five states, including 15 in Mato Grosso, six in Mato Grosso do Sul, seven in Sonora Goias, 11 in Minas Gerais and three in Sao Paulo. Our elevator system, part of a network of 80 silos in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia, delivers crops from production areas to our processing plants in Brazil, Europe and Asia.
Our ADM-Joanes cocoa processing facility in Ilheus, Bahia, is one of the largest in Brazil, producing cocoa powder, cocoa liquor, cocoa butter and cake ingredients for Brazilian and international markets.
ADM also operates five fertilizer blending facilities in Campo Grange, Catalão, Paranaguá, Rio Grande and Rondonopolis. Our agronomists work with customers in Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay to formulate fertilizer products that are customized for the type of soil in each area.
Brazil is also a major global source of biofuels. As the world seeks more energy from renewable sources, the country has become the world's largest distiller of ethanol from sugar cane.
ADM's biodiesel plant in Rondonopolis, Mato Grosso, uses soybean oil as its feedstock and is positioned to meet demand from soybean farmers as well as the Brazilian road and rail transport industries. It is strategically located adjacent to ADM's existing soybean crushing plant in Rondonopolis to maximize synergies between our Brazilian origination, transportation and processing capabilities.
In addition to growing our role in the Brazilian economy, we value our participation in the country's culture and customs, for example, by sponsoring an 11-city tour of the Mato Grosso State Chamber Orchestra. We also partner with Gotas de Flor com Amor, which offers extracurricular activities to more than 500 children from low-income neighborhoods.
ADM is a member of the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil, which works to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil. We signed the Soy Moratorium (now extended into 2009), committing us to avoid purchasing soybeans from newly opened areas inside the Amazon Biome. ADM also has a partnership with Aliança Da Terra, a leading advocate for sustainability, to encourage Brazilian soy growers to adopt sustainable farming practices.