|Traded as||NYSE: BG|
|Founder(s)||Johann P. G. Bunge|
|Headquarters||White Plains, NY, USA|
|Key people||Alberto Weisser
(Chairman of the Board) & (CEO)
|Products||List of products|
|Revenue||$ 58.743 billion (2011)|
|Operating income||$ 2.728 billion (2011)|
|Net income||$ 0.940 billion (2011)|
|Total assets||$ 23.275 billion (2011)|
|Total equity||$ 12.075 billion (2011)|
|Employees||32,000 (2010) |
Bunge Limited (formerly Bunge International and prior to that Bunge y Born) is a Bermudan food processing corporation with its headquarters in White Plains, New York. As well as being a leading global soybean exporter it is also involved in food processing, grain trading, and fertilizer. It competes with Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland.
Founded in 1818 by Johann Peter Gotlieb Bunge in Amsterdam, it was relocated to Antwerp by Edouard Bounge in 1859. Edouard's brother; Ernest Bunge, took the Bunge name to Argentina in 1884, and in 1905 the business extended to Brazil and later on to the USA.
A global company with European roots that date back to its founding in Amsterdam in 1818. European immigrants arriving in Argentina in the late 19th century took advantage of the newly created wheatlands. Two families joined forces to play a large role in the grain and oilseed business, initially in Argentina and then worldwide. The owning families expanded their business into industry in Argentina and Brazil, including textiles, paint, chemicals, fertilizer, banking, and insurance. Throughout the early and mid-20th century they continued to be successful. In 1974, two third-generation family members, Jorge and Juan Born, were kidnapped by the Montoneros guerrilla group and recovered only after the payment of a $60m ransom.
The families became even more low profile. In 1989, Jorge Born, president of the company from 1987 (replacing Mario Hirsch), began working closely with the government of Carlos Menem. Bunge provided the government with its first two economy ministers. This intervention in politics upset the other shareholders and together with the company's lacklustre business performance, Born was ousted in 1991 and replaced by Octavio Caraballo.
The prior unity between the shareholders disintegrated as Caraballo struggled to modernize the company. Bizarrely the ousted Jorge Born has started working with one of his former kidnappers, Rodolfo Galimberti.
In 1994, the Bermuda-registered Bunge International was created as the main company in which the families had shares. There were around 180 shareholders—the main families were Hirsch, Bunge, Born, Engels, and De La Tour. This replaced the older structure in which individual shareholders had stakes in all the different Bunge companies. Now only in Argentina does the Bunge y Born name still exist.
In 2001, Bunge went public. Through their three businesses—agribusiness, fertilizer, and food products—they have established a leading global presence in the farm-to-consumer food chain. Bunge is the world's largest oilseed processor, the world's number one seller of bottled vegetable oil to consumers and the largest producer and supplier of fertilizers to farmers in South America.
In 2008, Bunge acquired Walter Rau margarine company from Germany.
In 2009, Bunge Expands its Central European Consumer Margarine Business by acquiring the margarine business from Raisio Group. Raisio is known of its functional food ingredients. Raisio also develops ecological and healthy solutions that preserves natural resources.
Bunge is a leading agribusiness and food company with integrated operations that circle the globe, stretching from the farm field to the retail shelf. Bunge's over 35,000 employees at 400 facilities in 40 countries participate in the global agribusiness and food production industries by:
- manufacturing fertilizer and animal feed for farmers.
- originating oilseeds and grains from the world's primary growing regions and transporting them to customers worldwide.
- crushing oilseeds to make meal for the livestock industry and oil for the food processing, food service and biofuel industries.
- producing edible oil, mayonnaise, margarine, shortening and other food products for consumers and foodservice industries.
- milling wheat and corn for food processors, bakeries, brewers and other commercial customers.
Environmental record 
In Saint Louis, Missouri the federal Environmental Protection Agency filed charges against Bunge company regarding pollution emissions. This involved twelve soybean processing plants and corn mills in eight states throughout the US. The lawsuit claimed Bunge violated the Clean Air Act by constructing major modifications that increased emissions. Bunge must implement engineering approaches and pollution control projects, estimated to cost $12 million, to reduce emissions at the facilities by 2,200 tons a year. The settlement also calls for Bunge to pay a cash penalty of $625,000 and to spend $1.25 million to fund community-based environmental projects selected by and to be supervised by the impacted states. Granta Y. Nakayama said, "Agricultural processing facilities can be a major sources of air pollution and this settlement secures permanent emission reductions for citizens in the affected states." Many states will profit from this blunder though. The state of Kansas will receive $22,000 of the $625,000 civil penalty, this being issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Consumer Relations 
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Corporate governance 
- Alberto Weisser, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Bunge Limited
- Drew Burke, Chief Financial Officer and Global Operational Excellence Officer, Bunge Limited
- Tommy Jensen, CEO, Bunge Europe, Middle East and Africa
- Gordon Hardie, Managing Director, Food & Ingredients, Bunge Limited
- Frank Jimenez, General Counsel, Secretary and Managing Director, Government Affairs, Bunge Limited
- Enrique Humanes, CEO, Bunge Argentina
- Raul Padilla, Managing Director, Bunge Global Agribusiness and CEO, Bunge Product Lines
- Pedro Parente, President and CEO, Bunge Brazil
- Ben Pearcy, Managing Director, Sugar & Bioenergy, Chief Development Officer, Bunge Limited
- Soren Schroder, CEO, Bunge North America
- Vicente C. Teixeira, Chief Personnel Officer, Bunge Limited
- Christopher White, CEO, Bunge Asia
- http://www.bunge.com/public/pdfs/BungePressKit2010.pdf, retrieved May 31, 2011
- http://www.raisiogroup.com/www/page/Responsibility , retrieved 8 Nov. 2010
- Bunge Oils
- Bunge North America Inc
- EPA Newsroom