Bunge acquires Grupo Minsa's U.S. corn milling business

by Keith Nunes
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The transaction adds scale to the company’s corn masa milling capacity. 

ST. LOUIS — Bunge North America has entered into an agreement to acquire the U.S. corn milling business of Grupo Minsa S.A.B. de C.V. The deal is valued at $75 million and includes corn flour mills in Red Oak, Iowa, and Muleshoe, Texas.

“This acquisition is an important strategic step to strengthen our Food & Ingredients business in the U.S., and could provide additional growth opportunities for the company’s other regions,” said Todd Bastean, president of Bunge North America. “These assets, together with our existing plant in Worthington, Ind., make Bunge a leading U.S. producer of corn masa, a product that is experiencing significant growth not only here, but around the globe.”

Corn masa is the primary ingredient used to make tortillas and tortilla chips. Bunge said it is a key growth category in packaged food and food service channels, with sales projected to continue increasing.

The acquisition will create scale in Bunge’s masa milling capacity, according to the company. In addition to traditional bulk, tote and 50-lb bags used by food manufacturers and food service customers, both the Iowa and Texas locations can produce one kilo/2.2-lb packages sold by retailers under their own store brands.

“With additional locations throughout the U.S., we will be better able to provide customers with a high-quality, reliable supply of products nationwide,” said Daniel Maldonado, managing director, Bunge Milling. “We look forward to partnering with customers to help build their brands and using our strong innovation capabilities to further support them in meeting evolving consumer needs with an on-trend portfolio.”

On Nov. 17, Bunge announced that the company had reached an agreement with Grupo Minsa S.A.B. de C.V. terminating a deal the two companies announced in August 2016 under which Bunge would have acquired a controlling interest in Minsa. Regulatory hurdles were behind the decision not to move forward, according to Bunge.
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