Bunge Hamilton, Ontario Plant to Process Canola
December 5, 2006 - St. Louis, Missouri - Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), announced that it will resume canola operations at its oilseed processing plant in Hamilton, Ontario. Once the needed modifications are complete in December 2007, the plant will have the capacity to crush 240,000 MT of canola per year. The plant will continue to process soybeans.
"We want to process canola at Hamilton to meet the growing demand for canola oil from our customers in food manufacturing who want the oil with the lowest saturate level of all vegetable oils, and from our customers in the biodiesel industry," said Herb Schafer, Canada country manager, Bunge North America. "As an added benefit, processing canola at Hamilton will provide our farmers in Ontario and Quebec with a convenient market for their seed."
The project includes the installation of odour abatement equipment that will reduce odour emissions well below where they are today.
Bunge is Canada's largest canola processor and has crushing facilities in Altona and Harrowby, Manitoba; Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta; and Nipawin, Saskatchewan in addition to the processing plant in Hamilton.
About Bunge North America
Bunge North America (www.bungenorthamerica.com), the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), is a vertically integrated food and feed ingredient company, supplying raw and processed agricultural commodities and specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the livestock, poultry, food processor, foodservice and bakery industries. With headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, Bunge North America and its subsidiaries operate grain elevators, oilseed processing plants, edible oil refineries and packaging facilities, and corn dry mills in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
About Bunge Limited
Bunge Limited (www.bunge.com) is an integrated, global agribusiness and food company operating in the farm-to-consumer food chain. Founded in 1818 and headquartered in White Plains, New York, Bunge has 22,000 employees and locations in 32 countries. Bunge is the world's leading oilseed processing company, the largest producer and supplier of fertilizers to farmers in South America and the world's leading seller of bottled vegetable oils to consumers.
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