Competition Bureau challenges P&H’s acquisition of grain elevator from Louis Dreyfus in Virden, MB
"Canadian farmers deserve competition to protect their bottom line. This action seeks to protect farmers near Virden from suffering financially as a result of this transaction.”
Commissioner of Competition
Farmers play a vital role in the Canadian economy, producing grains such as wheat, canola, barley, corn, oats and rye. In 2018, they produced approximately 31.8 million tonnes of wheat, 20.3 million tonnes of canola, 8.4 million tonnes of barley and 3.4 million tonnes of oats. This application to the Competition Tribunal aims to address market power with respect to grain handling services for Canada’s two biggest grain crops – wheat and canola.
Grain elevators stockpile and store grain received from farms, usually by truck. The grain is then elevated, graded, and segregated and may also be cleaned, dried and blended – collectively known as grain handling services.
P&H is a vertically integrated Canadian agribusiness headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, owning grain elevators, grain processing assets, and export terminals in Canada.
LDC is a global commodities company headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
LDC will maintain a presence in Canada through its canola crushing plant in Yorkton, SK and its port terminal in Port Cartier, QC.
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