A series of key decisions on Bunge’s proposed acquisition of Viterra are expected in the next few weeks, as anti-trust regulators and government officials in countries around the world are completing their assessments on whether to approve the multi-national grain company marriage, and what the requirements will be for approval. In Canada, the federal transport… Read More

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) continues to raise major concerns about Bunge’s proposed acquisition of Viterra. A decision on whether to allow the multinational grain company deal to go ahead in Canada — and what the conditions will be if approved — is currently before the federal cabinet, as Transport Canada wrapped up… Read More

Op-ed submitted by Ian Boxall, president of Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan In a recent op-ed, Gregory Heckman, CEO of Bunge, defended the proposed merger between Bunge and Viterra, arguing that the combination would mean investment and growth for Canadian agriculture, particularly in Saskatchewan. While the optimism from a corporate standpoint is expected, given that… Read More

Bunge’s proposed acquisition of Viterra could result in more than $700 million in annual economic losses to farmers, according to a new report authored by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan. The study, conducted by Drs. Richard Gray, James Nolan, and Peter Slade, received research support from the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS), Alberta… Read More

Canada’s Competition Bureau is raising “substantial competition concerns” with Bunge’s proposed acquisition of Viterra. The US$8.1 billion deal announced in June 2023 would likely harm competition for canola grown near Bunge’s crush plants in Western Canada, and the supply of refined canola oil in Eastern Canada, according to a report published by the Bureau on April… Read More

The union representing employees who work at Viterra’s elevators in Saskatchewan and at the grain company’s head office in Regina is planning to make a decision in early January on whether to move ahead with strike action. Members of the Grain and General Services Union (GSU) Local 1 (Viterra Country Operations and Maintenance) and Local… Read More

Transport Canada has launched public consultations on Bunge’s proposed US$8.1 billion acquisition of Viterra. Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez decided in September that the combination of the two grain companies warranted a review under the Canada Transportation Act regarding the impact it could have on Canada’s transportation system. Both Viterra and Bunge hold ownership interest in… Read More

Four Saskatchewan farm groups are urging the Saskatchewan government to conduct a thorough risk assessment of Bunge’s proposed $8.1 billion acquisition of Viterra. The leaders of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, SaskCanola, Sask Wheat, and SaskBarley have written a letter to Agriculture Minister David Marit calling for a review of the multinational grain handler… Read More

Canada’s transport minister says Bunge’s US$8.1 billion deal to acquire Viterra will face additional scrutiny to ensure fair competition at Canadian ports. In addition to the ongoing review by Canada’s Competition Bureau, Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez announced the proposed acquisition will be subject to a public interest assessment under the federal Transportation Act. “Given this… Read More

Consolidation is a fact of life in the agricultural industry, and there have been waves of it over time. In 2023, one of the biggest potential mergers has been the combination of Bunge and Viterra, which will have impacts on the grain procurement, handling, and processing sectors. Of course, another major stakeholder potentially impacted are… Read More

There has been a tremendous amount of fanfare and anticipation regarding the intended expansion of canola crushing capacity on the Canadian Prairies, driven mainly by expected demand for renewable diesel across North America. Companies such as Cargill, Richardson, Federated Co-op, Viterra, Bunge, and Ceres Global Ag have all jumped into the fray, announcing hundreds of… Read More

Bunge’s acquisition of Viterra is expected to require regulatory clearance in at least 29 countries, according to documents filed by the company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week. The 547-page preliminary proxy statement includes new details on how the deal was reached, and how Bunge expects it will proceed. The list… Read More

Bunge and Viterra have reached an agreement that would see the two global agribusinesses unite under the Bunge name. Bunge and Glencore — which owns 50 per cent of Viterra — announced the cash and stock transaction early Tuesday (June 13.) The deal values Viterra at approximately US$8.1 billion, and would see Glencore receive approximately… Read More

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