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Bunge Loders Croklaan opens shea butter processing plant in Tema, Ghana

Bunge Loders Croklaan (BLC), Bunge Limited’s specialty oils and fats business, has opened shea butter processing facility in Tema, Ghana, with the launch of the Where Life Grows campaign, which celebrates the company’s efforts to build a resilient and sustainable shea supply chain in Africa

Aaron Buettner, president BLC, said, “Our latest investment in Ghana plays a critical role in strengthening BLC’s global infrastructure for processing and supplying high-quality shea products to our customers around the world, while also bolstering the entire ecosystem of regional crushers and local shea collectors in the West African region.

“The facility allows us to meaningfully support and empower the local shea communities through the transfer of knowledge of value-adding processes and by investing in local skills development. We are proud to join forces with local communities to help build and advance the African shea industry together.”

Antoine Turpin, general manager West Africa at BLC, stated, “The facility is a fully automated solvent fractionation plant that processes raw shea butter made from locally collected and crushed shea nuts.

“Currently, the facility employs 73 people from mostly the local community. Its strategic location not only allows for a more efficient production process but also delivers on BLC’s commitment to building a more sustainable supply chain for shea.”