WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG) ("Bunge"), a leading global agribusiness and food company, today announced it has purchased substantially all of the assets, including the patent portfolio, of MCN BioProducts Inc. ("MCN"), a privately-held Canadian technology company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Assets purchased include intellectual property related to the conversion of canola and rapeseed meals into nutritionally dense protein concentrates that can replace both fish meal and vegetable protein concentrates in animal diets, including aquaculture.
Miguel Oliveira, Executive Director, Bunge Global Innovation, said, "Animal nutrition continues to evolve and requires innovative products that deliver value in sustainable ways. MCN's technology opens up opportunities for Bunge to provide protein alternatives in markets where we already operate, as well as in new ones. Importantly, the new concentrates are produced via a patented enzymatic water-based process that can be added to an existing canola and rapeseed crushing plant without affecting oil quality or yield. As a global agribusiness and food company, Bunge has the right operational expertise and asset network to successfully commercialize this process and leverage it in our core businesses in the years to come."
Bunge Global Innovation ("BGI") is an interdisciplinary team applying the latest thinking and technologies to drive innovation across all Bunge business segments. BGI's mission is to scout, develop, buy, sell or license technologies that will improve Bunge's sustainability, profitability and competitive advantage.About Bunge LimitedBunge Limited ( www.bunge.com, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company with approximately 32,000 employees in more than 30 countries. Bunge buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains to serve customers worldwide; processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products for commercial customers and consumers; produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane; mills wheat and corn to make ingredients used by food companies; and sells fertilizer in North and South America. Founded in 1818, the company is headquartered in White Plains, New York. Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains both historical and forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts, but rather reflect our current expectations and projections about our future results, performance, prospects and opportunities. We have tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words including "may," "will," "should," "could," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "intend," "estimate," "continue" and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. The following important factors, among others, could affect our business and financial performance: industry conditions, including fluctuations in supply, demand and prices for agricultural commodities and other raw materials and products used in our business; fluctuations in energy and freight costs and competitive developments in our industries; the effects of weather conditions and the outbreak of crop and animal disease on our business; global and regional agricultural, economic, financial and commodities market, political, social and health conditions; the outcome of pending regulatory and legal proceedings; our ability to complete, integrate and benefit from acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and strategic alliances; our ability to achieve the efficiencies, savings and other benefits anticipated from our cost reduction, margin improvement and other business optimization initiatives; changes in government policies, laws and regulations affecting our business, including agricultural and trade policies, tax regulations and biofuels legislation; and other factors affecting our business generally. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date of this release, and except as otherwise required by federal securities law, we do not have any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. SOURCE Bunge Limited
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