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Bunge Celebrates Opening of New Packaging Facility in Decatur, Ala.

April 30, 2013 - Decatur, Alabama - Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), marked the grand opening of its new packaging facility and the expansion of its refinery in Decatur, Ala. The new facility improves Bunge’s manufacturing processes to better serve customers in the southeastern United States.

Bunge celebrates grand opening of its new packaging facility in Decatur, Ala.

Bunge's new packaging facility located in Decatur, Ala.

“As the ‘˜Oil Experts,’ Bunge is committed to creating high quality, innovative products that meet customer demand for more functional, healthier oil products,” said George Allard, vice president and general manager, Bunge Oils. “Our investment in this state-of-the-art facility enables Bunge to use the latest technology to continue to work toward eliminating trans fat and reducing saturated fat while providing manufacturers with the functionality they need.”

The process improvements include creating the flexibility to refine multiple oils such as soy and palm in addition to increasing the capacity of the refinery. Adding the packaging plant to the site improves efficiency and enhances customer focus along the entire value chain.

“The efficiency gained by packaging products in Decatur rather than shipping oils to other Bunge locations is key to improving our customer service,” said Beau Meneley, director of operations in Bunge Oils southeast region. “With this facility, we were also able to incorporate the latest food safety and safe quality food (SQF) requirements into the design.”

The Decatur, Ala., facility is one of Bunge’s two integrated crush, refining and packaging facilities. The plant takes soybeans and crushes them to extract the oil and use the remaining protein meal for animal feed. The extracted soy oil is refined and can be blended into value-added ingredients, such as salad oils, shortenings and specialty blends. The oil products can be shipped in bulk or packaged in cube boxes, 35 lb. jugs, and more, for efficient delivery to customers via truck or rail.

Construction on the project, which included the 130,000 sq. ft. packaging facility adjacent to the refinery, began in 2011. The design and build contractor on the project was RFW Construction Group, which has decades of experience building food manufacturing facilities.

The packaging facility created 48 new jobs and demonstrates Bunge’s commitment to the Decatur community. Bunge purchased the facility in 1982 and built a large edible oil refinery, which became operational in 1998.

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 animal feed, 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, wheat and rice mills in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

About Bunge Limited

Bunge Limited (www.bunge.com, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company operating in over 40 countries with approximately 35,000 employees. Bunge buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains to serve customers worldwide; processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products for commercial customers and consumers; produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane; mills wheat, corn and rice to make ingredients used by food companies; and sells fertilizer in South America. Founded in 1818, the company is headquartered in White Plains, New York.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains both historical and forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts, but rather reflect our current expectations and projections about our future results, performance, prospects and opportunities. We have tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words including “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate,” “continue” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. The following important factors, among others, could affect our business and financial performance: industry conditions, including fluctuations in supply, demand and prices for agricultural commodities and other raw materials and products used in our business; fluctuations in energy and freight costs and competitive developments in our industries; the effects of weather conditions and the outbreak of crop and animal disease on our business; global and regional agricultural, economic, financial and commodities market, political, social and health conditions; the outcome of pending regulatory and legal proceedings; our ability to complete, integrate and benefit from acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, including the closing of the transaction discussed in this press release; our ability to achieve the efficiencies, savings and other benefits anticipated from our cost reduction, margin improvement and other business optimization initiatives; changes in government policies, laws and regulations affecting our business, including agricultural and trade policies, tax regulations and biofuels legislation; and other factors affecting our business generally. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date of this release, and except as otherwise required by federal securities law, we do not have any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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