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CAL-MAINE FOODS INC (CALM)
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. engages in the production, grading, packaging, marketing, and distribution of shell eggs in the United States. The company also produces and markets specialty shell eggs under Egg-Land's Best and Farmhouse brand names. These include reduced cholesterol, cage free, and organic eggs. It offers its products to grocery store chains, club stores, foodservice distributors, and egg product manufacturers. The company markets its products in 28 states, primarily in the southwestern, southeastern, mid-western, and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Cal-Maine Foods was incorporated in 1969 and is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi.
CALAVO GROWERS INC (CVGW)
Calavo Growers, Inc. engages in the procurement and marketing of avocados and other perishable foods, as well as in the preparation and distribution of processed avocado products worldwide. The company operates in three segments: California Avocados, International Avocados and Perishable Food Products, and Processed Products. California Avocados segment distributes avocados grown in California to a diverse group of supermarket chains, wholesalers, food service, and other distributors under the Calavo brand name and private labels. International Avocados and Perishable Food products segment sells avocados grown outside California and other perishable food products, such as papayas, tomatoes, ginger, and pineapple. It primarily markets international avocados from Mexico, Chile, and the Dominican Republic. Processed Products segment engages in freezing avocado pulp and develops various guacamole recipes. Its customers include companies and retail businesses in the food service industry. The company sells its products primarily through food distributors, produce wholesalers, supermarkets, and restaurants. Calavo Growers was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Santa Ana, California.
FRESH DEL MONTE PRODUCE INC (FDP)
Fresh Del Monte Produce, Inc. (FDMP), through its subsidiaries, engages in producing, sourcing, transporting, and marketing fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, as well as producing and distributing prepared fruit and vegetables, juices, beverages, snacks, and desserts worldwide. It offers its products under various brands name, including the Del Monte, Just Juice, Frutini, and Fruit Express. The company's products are sourced from company-owned farms, through joint venture arrangements, and through supply contracts with independent growers. FDMP sources its products, including bananas, pineapples, melons, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, strawberries, grapes, citrus, apples, pears, peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, kiwi, Vidalia sweet onions, and greens primarily from central and South America, and the Philippines. It also sources products from North America, Africa, and Europe. Additionally, FDMP offers fresh-cut vegetable products that include lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and various greens. Its other fresh-cut product offerings comprise bagged and prepared salads, such as coleslaw and potato salad. It also offers other products and services, which include its third-party ocean freight and United States trucking business; and plastics and box manufacturing business, which produces bins, trays, bags, and boxes. In addition, it owns a poultry farm and processing facility in Jordan; grows grain on leased farms in Argentina, including corn; and owns and operates grain silos in Argentina for the storage of grain grown by third parties and the company. The company offers its products to retail stores, food clubs, wholesalers, distributors, and foodservice operators. Fresh Del Monte Produce was incorporated in 1996 and is based in George Town, Cayman Islands.
Bunge Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an agribusiness and food company worldwide. It operates through three divisions: Agribusiness, Fertilizer, and Food Products. The Agribusiness division purchases, processes, and sells grains and oilseeds, such as soybean, sunflower seed, rapeseed or canola, wheat, corn, and sorghum. It sells these products to oilseed processors, feed manufacturers, wheat and corn millers, and edible oil processing companies, as well as livestock, poultry, and aquaculture producers. This division also provides financing services to farmers. The Fertilizer division produces and supplies fertilizers to farmers in South America. Its nutrients operations include mining and processing of single super phosphate, dicalcium phosphate, and phosphoric acid. In addition, its retail operations consist of producing, distributing, and selling mixed NPK formulas, mixed nutrients, and other fertilizer products directly to retailers, processing and trading companies, and farmers. The Food Products division's edible oil products include bottled oils, shortenings, margarine, mayonnaise, and other products derived from the oil refining process; and milling products that comprise wheat flours, dry milled corn grits, meal, and flours, as well as soy-fortified corn meal and corn-soy blend. This segment also produces corn oil and corn feed products. Bunge Limited was founded by Johann Peter Gottlieb Bunge in 1818. The company was formerly known as Bunge Agribusiness Limited and changed its name to Bunge Limited in 1999. Bunge is headquartered in White Plains, New York.
CRESUD S.A.C.I.F. Y A (CRESY)
Cresud, Inc. produces basic agricultural products in Argentina. It involves in various operations and activities, including crop production, beef-cattle production, and milk production. The company's crop production consists primarily of the sowing and harvesting of fine and coarse grains, and oilseeds. Its principal crops include wheat, corn, soybean, and sunflower; and other crops, such as sorghum. The company's beef-cattle production involves the raising and fattening of beef-cattle from its own stock for sale to slaughterhouses and supermarkets. It also produces milk. In addition, the company conducts real estate development and certain forestry activities. It has strategic alliance with Cactus Feeders, Inc. The company was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Andersons, Inc. operates in the grain and plant nutrient sectors of the United States agriculture, as well as in railcar marketing, industrial materials formulation, turf products production, and general merchandise retailing. The company operates in four groups: Agriculture, Rail, Processing, and Retail. The Agriculture group purchases and merchandises grain, as well as operates grain elevator facilities in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. It also manufactures and sells dry and liquid agricultural nutrients; distributes agricultural inputs, including nutrients, chemicals, seeds, and supplies to dealers and farmers; and formulates anti-icers for road and runway use. The Rail group sells, repairs, reconfigures, manages, and leases railcars, rail equipment, and locomotives. The Processing group manufactures turf and ornamental plant fertilizer and control products for lawn and garden use, professional golf, and landscaping industries, as well as corncob-based products for use in various industries. The Retail group operates large retail stores, and a distribution center in Ohio. Its retail stores offer hardware, home remodeling, and lawn and garden products, as well as house wares, automotive products, sporting goods, pet products, bath soft goods, and food. The Andersons, Inc. was founded in 1947 and is based in Maumee, Ohio.
CHIQUITA BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC (CQB)
Chiquita Brands International, Inc. engages in the distribution and marketing of bananas and fresh produce products worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Bananas and Other Fresh Produce. Bananas segment sources, distributes, and markets bananas primarily under the Chiquita brand. This segment also cultivates and produces bananas principally in Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, and Guatemala. Other Fresh Produce segment distributes and markets fresh fruits and vegetables, such as citrus, apples, grapes, melons, pineapples, kiwi, and tomatoes. Chiquita Brands International also involves in cutting and packaging fruits in sealed packages, as well as in the distribution and marketing of fresh cut fruit and other branded fruit products. The company was incorporated in 1899 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Chiquita Brands International, Inc. acquired Fresh Express, which offers packaged salads in the United States, in June 2005.
ARCHER-DANIELS-MIDLAND COMPANY (ADM)
Archer-Daniels-Midland Company engages in the procurement, transportation, storing, processing, and merchandising of agricultural commodities and products. The company operates in three segments: Oilseeds Processing, Corn Processing, and Agricultural Services. The Oilseed Processing segment processes oilseeds, such as soybeans, cottonseed, sunflower seeds, canola, peanuts, and flaxseed into vegetable oils and meals for the food and feed industries. This segment sells crude vegetable oil by refining, bleaching, and deodorizing into salad oils. It sells partially refined oil for use in chemicals, paints, and other industrial products. This segment also produces oilseed meals used in the manufacture of commercial livestock and poultry feeds; cottonseed flour for the pharmaceutical industry; and cotton cellulose pulp for the chemical, paper, and filter markets. The Corn Processing segment engages in wet milling and dry milling corn operations, which produce syrup, starch, glucose, dextrose, and sweeteners. It also produces corn gluten feed and meal, as well as distiller grains for use as feed ingredients. It produces astaxanthin used in aquaculture, as well as citric and lactic acids, lactates, sorbitol, and xanthan gum. The Agricultural Services segment engages in buying, storing, cleaning, and transporting agricultural commodities, such as oilseeds, corn, wheat, milo, oats and barley, and reselling these commodities to the agricultural processing industry. In addition, the company engages in milling wheat, corn, and milo into flour, which are sold to commercial bakeries, food companies, food service companies, and retailers. It produces bakery products and mixes for the baking industry. The company also produces milo to produce industrial flour used in the manufacturing of wallboard. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Decatur, Illinois.
ML MACADAMIA ORCHARDS L.P (NUT)
ML Macadamia Orchards, L.P. engages in growing and farming macadamia nuts in Hawaii. It also provides contract farming services to orchard owners. As of June 9, 2005, the company owned or leased approximately 4,169 acres of macadamia nut orchards in 3 locations within a 50-mile radius on the island of Hawaii. It also farms approximately 2,505 acres of macadamia orchards under contract. ML Resources, Inc. serves as a general partner of the company. ML Macadamia Orchards was founded in 1986 and is based in Hilo, Hawaii.
Alico, Inc. engages in the agribusiness in central and southwest Florida. The company involves in citrus fruit production, cattle ranching, sugarcane and sod production, wholesale greenhouse operations, vegetable production, and forestry. It also leases land for farming, cattle grazing, recreation, and oil exploration. In addition, Alco engages in the sale of bulk land; subdividing, development, and sale of real estate; and writing crop insurance against catastrophic losses due to weather and disease. As of August 31, 2005, the company owned approximately 136,081 acres of land located in Hendry, Polk, Collier, and Lee. Alico was formed in 1960 and is based in La Belle, Florida.
ORIGIN AGRITECH LIMITED (SEED)
Origin Agritech Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the research, development, production, sale, and marketing of crop seeds in the People's Republic of China. It primarily offers four principal products: corn, rice, cotton, and canola. The company develops, produces, and sells both internally developed and licensed crop seeds. Origin Agritech distributes its products through a distribution network, including first-level distributors, second-level distributors, and retailers. It has joint development agreements with the Shijiazhuang Liyu Technology Development Co., Ltd. to develop various corn seeds. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.