Upon completion of the transaction, Cargill will exit the global sugar trading business, as it looks to focus on its core food, agriculture and trading businesses.
The deal forms part of a strategic portfolio review by Cargill, but the company says it will remain active in both global commodity trading as well as the sugar ingredient business in Brazil, Mexico and the US.
The 50:50 joint venture was formed in 2014 when Cargill and Copersucar announced plans to combine their global sugar trading operations under Alvean, which Reuters deems the world’s largest sugar trader.
According to Reuters, Alvean moves around 12 million tonnes of sugar per year, equivalent to around 20% of the global trade of the sweetener. The agreement follows several rumours surrounding Cargill’s exit of the joint venture back in January.
Following the transaction, Alvean will be under full-ownership of Copersucar. A Copersucar source told Reuters that it is open to evaluate opportunities for a potential strategic partner in Alvean in the future. However, there are no current talks with any parties about this possibility.
The financial terms of the deal – which requires regulatory approval by Brazilian antitrust agency CADE – have not been disclosed.
The agreement comes after Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) made a deal to sell the business and assets of Imperial Sugar Company to Florida-based agribusiness US Sugar.