PARIS, FRANCE — Sucden, an independent market leader in soft commodities, announced it has established a new Grains & Oilseeds trading division that is set to debut on March 1. The new division will be based in Paris, France, and Singapore and will complement the company’s current range of commodities that also includes sugar, cocoa and coffee.

Wladimir Blanckaert has been named global head of Sucden Grains & Oilseeds. Blanckaert has more than 20 years of international experience in the trading of agricultural commodities (mainly sugar, grains and oilseeds). He has worked with major trading companies such as Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Noble Resources and BTG Pactual/ECTP. He most recently was chief executive officer of Elin Commodities since August 2020, and earlier was managing director of the grain and oilseeds division for Louis Dreyfus Commodities Singapore as well as global head of barley, sorghum and pulses. He also was a member of the Regional Management Committee for Louis Dreyfus Commodities Asia.

“Sucden is looking to gradually grow its Grains & Oilseeds business over the coming years, building long-lasting relationships with key suppliers and customers thanks to the expertise of its newly formed Grains & Oilseeds trading team, and to Sucden’s global knowledge of agricultural markets,” the company said.