ARGENTINA- Leading merchant and agricultural goods processor Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) finally launches its recently acquired grains and oilseeds warehouse in Northwestern Argentina and begins operations.
Located in Río del Valle, Salta province, the new site will streamline logistics for local farmers by facilitating the transport of their harvest by rail to the country’s main port complexes, the company said in a LinkedIn post announcing the launch.
LDC acquired the warehousing facility in November 2022 and was anticipating that it would be ready to process and condition soybeans in April 2023 upon the completion of improvement works.
Though a few months behind schedule, the warehouse is a significant investment that will benefit the farmers in that part of Argentina.
With a static capacity of 2,000 tons in silos and an additional storage capacity of 70,000 tons in silo bags, the new facility will be able to receive and condition different grains and oilseeds throughout the year.
Moreover, the site also benefits from a rail connection to the Belgrano Norte line, which will facilitate the shipment of locally sourced products to agro-industrial and port complexes in Gran Rosario, Santa Fe province.
“This acquisition represents an important milestone for LDC’s growth strategy in Argentina, especially in the north, where investments began in 2021 with the expansion works and rail network construction for our Campo Largo warehouse in Chaco province,” said Daniel Giuliano, LDC’s Warehouse Manager for South & West Latam while announcing the acquisition last year.
“The new Río del Valle warehouse will allow us to originate in a region with enormous potential to produce large volumes of corn and high-quality soybeans in terms of protein and lipid content, offering efficient logistics that reduce costs for local farmers.”
The acquisition included a sales team whose extensive regional experience, combined with the LDC’s existing network and capabilities, will offer a full range of commercial services, agricultural inputs, and logistic solutions, as in the rest of the country.
During the improvement process, the engineering works planned for the new facility focused on aligning the site with LDC’s industrial and safety standards and connecting it technologically with the company’s wider warehouse network.
Enhancements at the facility included the deployment of a dust collection system, the expansion of internal grain transportation processes, and the construction of a train loading silo and truck unloading area, among others.
Now that it is operational, the plant will directly employ a dozen people, including permanent and seasonal employees, and create dozens of additional indirect jobs in the local community.