Viterra deal with U.S. canola plant expands crushing capacity

WINNIPEG, (Reuters) — Grain handler Viterra Inc. has struck a supply and marketing agreement to crush canola at Pacific Coast Canola LLC (PCC), a plant in Warden, Washington.

A Viterra affiliate, Glencore Grain Investment LLC, has increased its ownership in PCC to 50 percent from a minority stake, for no cash consideration, Viterra said in a release. McKinstry Holdings Inc. acquired the other 50 percent.

The deal adds canola-crushing capacity to Viterra, which already has plants in Manitoba and Quebec. Canadian canola crushings for the 2015-16 marketing year are up 12 percent year to date.

Legumex Walker, renamed LWP Capital Inc., built the plant, but said in September it would sell the facility and wind down the company, after PCC defaulted on a US$54.6 million loan. U.S. crop handler The Scoular Company paid C$94 million for Legumex’s special crops division.

Legumex was hampered in 2014 by railway congestion limiting delivery of canola seed, and more recently weak industry margins.


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