Bunge Acquires German Edible Oils Supplier

Bunge has agreed to acquire Westfälische Lebensmittelwerke Lindemann GmbH & Co. KG, Lindemann, Germany, a family-owned supplier of fats and oils to both industrial and artisanal bakery customers.

Launched in 1902 in Bünde, East Westphalia, Lindemann has grown to become one of the leaders in the European edible oil space, and will help Bunge expand and balance its business to business oil and fat business through the addition of a wider and higher value line of products that will better meet consumer demand.  Further, together with the recent acquisition, Walter Rau Neusser, Lindemann will help strengthen Bunge’s position in Northwestern Europe.

Bunge has been very active in the European market in recent months. On March 1, the company finalized the acquisition of Cargill’s soybean and rapeseed crushing and oil refining business along with its discharging operations at the port of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the acquisition of Cargill’s soybean and rapeseed crushing facility in Brest, France.

The company also created an ocean freight joint venture through its wholly owned subsidiary, Koninklijke Bunge B.V. with Bahri Dry Bulk Co. for the express purpose of creating an ocean freight operation for dry bulk transportation to and from Middle Eastern destinations.


Ladies Historical Tour at the 2017 IOMSA Convention

The Ladies Historical Tour during the 2017 IOMSA Convention will take place Monday, June 26, from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

The tour will visit Moody Mansion and Bishop’s Palace in Galveston.moody-mansion

Moody Mansion, the 28,000 square-foot, four-story structure was completed in 1895. Today, guests visit 20 rooms on a tour that depicts the home life of a powerful Texas family. The Moodys established one of the great American financial empires. Based on cotton, it grew to include banking, ranching, insurance, and hotels.

W.L Moody Jr. bought the home from the heirs of the original owners soon after the great hurricane of 1900. Mr. and Mrs. Moody and their four children celebrated the first of more than eighty Christmas seasons in the house in December of that year. The house remained home for Moody family members until 1986. Today, its rooms are filled with the furnishings and personal effects of the family.


Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of architecture. Architectural historians list the Bishop’s Palace (Gresham House) as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.

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Kris Knudson Joins Crown Iron Works

Kris Knudson has been named vice president-Global Liquid Products segment leader at Crown Iron Works, Roseville, MN, a global supplier of oilseed processing technology, engineering, equipment and plants for preparation, extraction, refining, biodiesel, oleochemical, and specialty processing.

Knudson comes to the company from Cargill Inc. with 19 years of extensive experience in their Oils & Shortenings segment, including management roles in engineering, plant operations and food ingredient sales.

Prior to Cargill, he received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering
from Montana State University.

“We are excited to announce the hiring of a strong leader with a proven
track record in the vegetable oils industry,” said Bill Antilla, Crown Companies
Business Unit Leader.

“Kris’ background is an excellent fit into our newly formed role. Furthermore, I have witnessed his leadership approach, focus on being a customer solutions provider, commitment to developing his team; coupled with a tireless drive for success, that fits perfectly with our strategic direction.”

Knudson will focus on growing Crown’s global liquid products business, which
includes refining, biodiesel, glycerin refining and fatty acid processing with key
responsibilities that encompass all aspects of sales, marketing, engineering,
technology, strategy, and business development.

The position serves on the Crown Global Leadership Team that sets the company’s strategic direction and is a newly formed role focusing on global growth and expansion for their liquids
product lines.