ED&F Man Liquid Products has a history going back almost 100 years. The company has two core elements; one operating across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia which grew from the acquisition of Schuurmans & van Ginneken (SvG) in 1985, the other from the acquisition of Westway Trading Corporation in 1992. Together we provide worldwide coverage and offer global solutions to our customers.
SvG was founded in 1920 when Messrs Schuurmans & van Ginneken formed a partnership to trade in sugar, molasses, coffee and cocoa.
The company flourished and, by the 1950s it specialized in molasses – building trucks, river barges and storage facilities to handle this liquid co-product of sugar production. While much of the molasses was destined for use in animal feed, the company was also actively involved in developing its use in the production of materials such as alcohol, baker’s yeast and lysine. It also developed feed mill equipment which revolutionized the use of molasses in animal feeds. Such innovation led to the steadily increasing use of molasses in Europe and stimulated trade worldwide. As demand grew, SvG developed year-round availability by sourcing cane molasses from Africa, Latin America and the Far East. Alongside this growth, its trading and distribution operations spread throughout the main European markets and further afield.
Westway Trading Corporation originated in the 1940s, starting as Industrial Molasses Company in the Northeast as a family-owned molasses trading business. Since then, Westway has evolved from a simple molasses business supplying into the liquid animal feed industry to a complex liquid products manufacturing and bulk liquid storage business in collaboration with ED&F Man. Following an initial strategic partnership in the early 1990s, Westway came under full ownership of ED&F Man in 1995. Under the umbrella of ED&F Man, Westway followed a path of growth and diversification, making a number of strategic investments in bulk liquid storage capacity and liquid feed manufacturing capabilities including feed block manufacture. Westway has successfully expanded its geographic footprint by growing the business organically and through acquisitions. With the acquisition of the Cargill Molasses business in 1997 and the purchase of Tate & Lyle PLC’s United Molasses Company in 2002, Westway has expanded its operations to included 28 manufacturing facilities in North America.
All ED&F Man’s molasses activities were re-branded into ED&F Man Liquid Products in 2007, emphasizing the synergies between the molasses business and other activities in the group.
And what comes next?
Combining a long and ground-breaking history with an ambition and a vision to take us forward, we will continue to address the challenges and needs of our customers, developing, adopting and utilising industry leading standards in every aspect of our business.