Seaboard acquires Fill-More Seeds, rail line

by World Grain Staff
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SHAWNEE MISSION, KANSAS, U.S. — Seaboard Overseas and Trading Group, commodity milling and trading division of Seaboard Corp., announced on Aug. 20 that it has acquired a majority interest in Fill-More Seeds, Inc. in Fillmore, Saskatchewan, Canada.

In addition to the Fill-More facilities, Seaboard, has acquired an interest in the Canadian Pacific rail line known as the Tyvan line that runs parallel to the Fill-More plants in southern Saskatchewan from Richardson to Stoughton. The new rail line will be known as the Stewart Southern Railroad (SSR).

Fill-More (FSI) is a multi–site processor and grain handler of pulses, specialty grains, oats, malting barley and is an agent for the Canadian Wheat Board. FSI processes and sells these products to a variety of North American based trading companies and end users around the world, including customers in Mexico, Turkey, Dubai, the Indian sub-continent and North Africa among others.

Fill-More’s current owner and general manager, Blair Stewart, will retain a minority interest in both FSI and SSR and will continue as general manager of both companies.

"I would like to thank all the loyal customers who have supported FSI throughout the past 24 years of being in business," said Stewart. "I am looking forward to continuing these critical and important relationships, and to the future expansion and growth of Fill-More Seeds. Specialty crops in Saskatchewan and Canada have a bright future and I am eagerly looking forward to helping to drive the growth in marketing and processing activities which will result from the Seaboard/FSI combination."

Seaboard, Fill-More, and the other SSR investors will all work jointly to develop a number of new processing, grain handling, storage, and logistical opportunities in the area and promote the increased use of the SSR for businesses served by the railroad in Saskatchewan.

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