Perdue AgriBusiness, USA announced on 20 October that it is opening an office in São Paulo, Brazil to enhance its direct sourcing of corn, soyabeans and other commodities from Brazilian farmers.

“Establishing a presence in Brazil enables us to engage in bi-hemispheric trading and merchandising,” Perdue AgriBusiness president Dick Willey. “Brazil has become the world’s number-two soyabean producer and number-three corn producer. We’ll have access to South American soyabeans and grain when our ability to purchase domestic grain is limited and we’ll now be able to export to our international customers year-round.”

Perdue AgriBusiness – part of Perdue Farms – sources, merchandises and processes agricultural commodities including grains, oilseeds, soyabean meal, blended feed ingredients and oils for food and other uses.

It said it was among the top US grain companies and a leading exporter through its deepwater port in Chesapeake, Virginia and other US ports.

“Approximately one-third of our sales are to export customers,” the company said.