Bunge expands in Mexico with new wheat mill

by Eric Schroeder
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Bunge wheat mill in Del Mayab Mexico
New 400-tonne-per-day facility is first built by Bunge in the country.
Photo courtesy of Bunge.  

 

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, U.S. — Bunge Ltd. has opened a new 400-tonne-per-day wheat mill in Del Mayab, which is located about 12 miles from Puerto Progresso in southeast Mexico. According to Bunge, the mill primarily will serve the states of Yucatan, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Chiapas and Tabasco, which together account for about 10% of Mexico’s population.

Daniel Maldonado managing director  Mexico for Bunge
Daniel Maldonado, managing director, Mexico

“This expansion of our footprint ensures that Bunge can continue to meet the needs of our customers with a reliable supply chain and the ability to produce high quality ingredients at a competitive cost,” said Daniel Maldonado, managing director, Mexico. “The location and design of this mill allow us to create a world-class operation with a strong local presence.”

Bunge said the mill was built with a focus on achieving “the best productivity, quality, safety and environmental performance possible.” The mill will sell flour in bulk and in bags to both large food companies and small bakeries.

Bunge will employ around 50 at the mill.

“Through our network of wheat mills in Mexico, Bunge has built a reputation for providing high quality products at competitive prices,” said Jennifer Uribe, commercial director. “We look forward to providing bakers and families in this region a high level of service and flours that produce breads that are richer, softer and fluffier — the trademarks of our brands, including Espiga, Escudo Plus and Villa Rica.”

The mill in Del Mayab is Bunge’s eighth wheat mill in Mexico, but is the first one the company has built. The other seven mills were acquired.

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