Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) first opened its Australian office in Melbourne in 1913, trading grains to the international market. The company became a major wheat exporter in the earliest days of the Australian grain industry, prior to the foundation of the Australian Wheat Board.
In conjunction with the main wheat export business, LDC was the primary importer of jute bags into Australia for grain handling and transport, until bulk handling facilities evolved in the 1930’s.
The company diversified its Australian activities after WWII. Throughout the past 100 years Louis Dreyfus Company has maintained a strong presence in all aspects of Australian agriculture, evolving from a single platform in 1913 to 7 platforms by the end of 2013.
LDC has been a significant buyer and exporter of grain and cotton for many years. More recently, the scope of our activities has significantly increased with the successful launch of several new business lines (“platforms”) in Australia, including Dairy, Sugar, Oilseeds, Metals and the latest, Fertilizers & Inputs.
The Company has also invested in a wide range of infrastructure to support its operations in grain, cotton and fertilizers.
Grain growers in NSW can deliver directly to our efficient handling facilities at Narrabri, Newcastle and Moree all year round. These facilities are an intrinsic part of the Louis Dreyfus Company integrated supply chain destined for export markets.
A well-developed network of fertilizer warehouses in Western Australia, and storage sheds in South Australia and Victoria, provides an attractive option for growers to bring fertilizers to their farms as they move their crops to port. Cotton is also received and ginned at our Dalby (QLD) and Moree (NSW) warehouses, and prepared for export to international markets.
LDC Australia offers high-quality services to growers, producers, domestic consumers and international clients alike. This is achieved through sound supply chain management and financial security, but also through active association with all major commodities industry groups and stakeholders within the Australian agricultural industry. Our proven business practices and deep knowledge of the local market mean that growers and producers can market their crops and products through our team of experts with confidence.
Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods, leveraging its global reach and extensive asset network to deliver for its customers around the world - safely, responsibly and reliably. Today we help to feed and clothe some 500 million people, originating, processing and transporting approximately 81 million tons of commodities annually.