Focus on West Africa: Growing a business in a rapidly changing region

When Gregoire Lhermitte first started working in West Africa in 2000, he instantly felt it was going to be more than just a job. Today, over 20 years since he first set foot in the region, he thinks of it as his extended home.

The coffee collective

Coffee when you wake up in the morning. Coffee with your colleagues. Tasting of coffees. For Alexandre Chen, trading coffee is a natural extension of his personal interest and passion.

How a woman in rural Brazil opened the door to a career in agriculture

A woman in rural Brazil has become one of the first women to operate heavy agricultural machinery at one of COFCO International’s four sugar mills. Tatiane Gonçalves Machado, 28, who lives near COFCO International’s Sebastianópolis mill, works as a Special Machines Operator. She operates a 15-tonne tractor to help feed the boiler continuously with around 2,500 tonnes of bagasse (a by-product of sugar production) daily to produce electricity for the plant.

Tackling Covid-19 freight challenges, together

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented disruptions and challenges for vessel operations and chartering, largely due to the additional contractual, operational and trade restrictions caused by strict preventive measurements imposed by ports and governments. COFCO International’s Freight Department – which supports the company’s commodity trading by ensuring the smooth movement of goods for safe and timely delivery of its physical trade - is responding to this with flexibility and foresight.

Impact Season: COFCO International employees step up their action on sustainability

Collective action is the way forward to achieving a more sustainable world and promoting global food security. That’s why COFCO International is engaging all its partners and employees to fulfil its vision to meet the growing demand for food responsibly. The company is acting on the social and environmental issues where its stands to make the greatest difference – within its operations, supply chains and communities. Its first Impact Season provided an opportunity to further engage employees in its sustainability strategy, empowering teams to take action for impact at a local level.

A global career, from Japan to Geneva

It’s a long way from rural Japan to Geneva. But the mountains and lakes have helped Tetsuya Watanabe, Global Trading Manager for feed grains at COFCO International, to feel at home in Switzerland. His journey to Geneva has been long but underpinning it has been his interest in agricultural commodities.

Reuters Commodities Trading 2021: Digitalisation creates significant opportunities across agricultural supply chain

COFCO International Chief Technology Officer Andre Schneiter took part in the Reuters Commodities Trading 2021 Summit. In a panel discussion, he said that digitalisation in the agricultural commodities trade is now progressing rapidly and explained how that could create significant opportunities for companies across the supply chain.

COFCO International’s freight business creates value in strong markets

COFCO International’s Freight Department is benefiting from strong markets, providing value in its services for COFCO International’s commodity desks. It also generates revenue from third party business. It anticipates that these market conditions will continue over the medium term.