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In 1783, with the City of London at the heart of global merchanting, the sugar broker and barrel maker James Man spotted a business opportunity: within a year, he had secured the exclusive contract to supply rum to the British Navy. More than 230 years later, with the City now at the centre of global finance, the employees of the same company founded by James Man still trade in sugar, molasses and coffee. Now called ED&F Man, we have 4,000 people in around 60 countries, where we source, sell and ship agricultural commodities around the globe.
ED&F Man is a specialist merchant of agricultural commodities, trading specifically in sugar, molasses and coffee. In addition, we act as broker to clients who need to access commodity and capital markets to hedge their risk.
We are a market leader in managing supply chains in our chosen commodities and we specialise in the sourcing, processing, marketing, distribution, transport and risk management of these products. We connect producers and consumers on a global scale, bringing our expertise to every link in the chain. Backed by ample resources and a wide sourcing network, as well as in-depth market information and comprehensive pricing structures, we assure clients of contract performance of the highest order. To complement this service we also have strategic fixed asset investments which include:
- Sugar: Refining and blending capabilities, dedicated bulk white sugar vessels, storage silos, warehousing, port elevation and inland facilities, cane and beet sugar processing.
- Molasses: Bulk liquid storage terminals and animal feed blend facilities.
- Coffee: Milling, blending, sampling and cupping facilities for tailor-made supply. We also own warehousing facilities at key origins and destinations.
Our brokerage business was rebranded in 2012 under ED&F Man Capital Markets. We offer clients access to markets in futures and options, metals, foreign exchange, fixed income products and equities, whether to hedge their risk or price products. We are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK and by the National Futures Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in the USA.
History and Culture
ED&F Man has a long and proud history. We have been a privately-owned company since 1783, except for a short period between 1994 and 2000 when we were listed on the London Stock Exchange as Man Group plc. In May 2012, Südzucker Holding, publicly quoted in Germany, purchased a 24.99% shareholding in the firm. Apart from this minority shareholding, all of ED&F Man’s shareholders today are employees. This employee ownership means that ED&F Man operates like a partnership, and helps to attract and retain the best talent from a global pool. We have high ethical standards and a key focus on corporate social responsibility. Our global employees all share our commitment to social, ethical and environmental obligations and aspirations.