What we do

We source, store, sell, ship and distribute agricultural products including coffee, sugar, molasses, animal feed and pulses. We trade those products around the world, and with some, we process and brand them for industrial customers and the supermarket shelves.

We help many of our customers manage pricing risk through financial products. For others we act as a broker, executing orders for hedge funds and professional traders. And we do our own clearing through exchanges, such as the Chicago Board of Trade and the London Metals Exchange.

Why we do it

There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world – situations change; crops fail – but we’re known for making sure our customers can still do business. It’s a stance we’ve held to be true since 1783.

For us, it’s about managing risk and providing security. For example, we help our farmers grow better-quality crops, more sustainably, by teaching them agricultural techniques that will keep their land productive for future generations.

That way we can help our growers achieve a better, more sustainable standard of living. And we help protect our customers from that price-change volatility with tools such as hedging and futures.

How we do it

We do business across the world, but we’re small enough that business feels personal.

As group of companies, we use our diverse strengths to help our customers succeed – not just the people who buy from us; we think of our colleagues and suppliers as customers too.

Facts about ED&F Man

Number of employees
trading animal feed
Countries we operate in

History

History Timeline
  1. Birth of James Man

    1755

    Born in Whitechapel, east London, and apprenticed to William Humphrey as a barrel maker, James Man went on to set up his own business as a sugar-broker.

  2. Company founded

    1783

    James Man set up his own business as a barrel maker and sugar-broker at 23 Harp Lane, London. The cooperage side of the business soon disappeared.

  3. Royal Navy rum contract

    1784

    James Man secured a contract to supply the Royal Navy with rum for the daily 'rum tot', a tradition under which all sailors were allocated a daily ration of rum. This tradition continued until 1970, with Man holding the contract for the full 186 years.

  4. Moving into other commodities

    1802

    Man begins to trade coffee, cocoa and other commodities. Trades are conducted at candle auctions held in coffee houses.

  5. Company moves to Mincing Lane

    1810

    Mincing Lane was the hub of London's commodity trading centre, a couple of streets north of the docks on the river Thames.

  6. Death of James Man

    1823

    James Man retired in 1819 and moved to Dartmouth in Devon on the south coast of England. He died there in 1823.

  7. CBOT founded

    1848

    The Chicago Board of Trade is set up as a cash market for grain. Forward or 'to arrive' contracts begin trading at the CBOT almost immediately.

  8. KBOT established

    1856

    The Kansas Board of Trade is established by local Kansas City merchants as a means of trading grain.

  9. CBOT sets out formal trading rules

    1865

    The Chicago Board of Trade brings in formal trading rules, particularly for margin and delivery procedures – an important step in the evolution of futures contracts.

  10. Company changes name

    1869

    The company changes its name to ED&F Man, incorporating the initials of James Man's grandsons, Edward Desborough and Frederick, who took over the firm.

  11. CBOT publishes futures prices

    1877

    The Chicago Board of Trade begins publishing futures prices.

  12. First coffee trades in New York

    1882

    The Coffee Exchange in New York City trades its first coffee contracts. In the same year the New York Butter and Cheese Exchange is merged with other exchanges to form the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex).

  13. ED&F Man's first female employee

    1915

    Miss Sadie Braithwaite becomes the first female member of staff in ED&F Man. She served in the company for over 30 years.

  14. Wall Street Crash

    1929

    The crash in 1929 marked the beginning of the Great Depression.

  15. Comex founded

    1933

    The Commodity Exchange is founded from the merger of the Metal Exchange, the Rubber Exchange of New York, the National Raw Silk Exchange and the New Hide Exchange.

  16. Free trade in Europe

    1960

    The European Free Trade Association is formed.

  17. US government starts monthly COT reports

    1962

    The US Agriculture Department's Commodities Exchange Authority publishes the first monthly commitments of traders report, replacing the annual reports that had previously been published.

  18. The Royal Navy ends the rum tot

    1970

    Times change – the Royal Navy discontinues its rum rations for sailors, so the contract with ED&F Man comes to an end after 186 years.

  19. CFTC declares market emergency

    1977

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission declares a market emergency in the December coffee 'C' futures contract on the New York Coffee and Sugar Exchange, resulting in an orderly reduction of the open interest in that contract. This is one of several emergencies in coffee futures during the late 1970s.

  20. ED&F Man moves to Sugar Quay

    1977

    ED&F Man moves its London headquarters to Sugar Quay, sitting right beside the river Thames.

  21. Move into futures broking

    1981

    ED&F Man moves into futures broking, setting up Anderson Man, which becomes ED&F Man International, and later Man Financial.

  22. CSCE introduces options on sugar futures

    1982

    The Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange introduces options on sugar futures. The first US exchange traded commodity option.

  23. 200 Years of ED&F Man

    1983

    ED&F Man celebrates its 200th anniversary and diversifies into financial services and alternative investment management.

  24. ED&F Man acquires SVG Molasses

    1985

    ED&F Man acquires Schuurmans & van Ginneken's molasses business.

  25. ED&F Man launches 'BIBO' sugar ship

    1986

    ED&F Man launches the CHL Innovator, the first bulk white sugar vessel using the 'bulk in-bags out' system (BIBO).

  26. Black Monday

    1987

    On Monday October 19 1987 stock markets around the world crashed shedding a huge value in a short time. Beginning in Hong Kong, it spread to Europe and then the USA.

  27. ED&F Man invests again

    1989

    ED&F Man takes a 51 per cent stake in a London-based quantative investment manager, AHL. ED&F Man also acquires GNP Commodities in Chicago and cocoa trader Gill & Duffus.

  28. Westway

    1992

    ED&F Man acquires Westway’s molasses trading, storage and liquid feed business.

  29. Second BIBO launched

    1992

    In the year that saw the Maastricht Treaty of the European Union, ED&F Man launches the second bulk white sugar vessel, the 'CHL Progressor'.

  30. Move into metals

    1993

    ED&F Man acquires Paine Webber metals in London.

  31. Listing on the London Stock Exchange

    1994

    1994 saw the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa's president. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was also created.

    1994 was also a momentous year for Man, who listed on the London Stock Exchange.

  32. Pioneer BIBO vessel

    1996

    ED&F Man launches its latest BIBO ship: ‘Pioneer’.

  33. New presence in Singapore

    1996

    ED&F Man acquires Index Futures Group and Standard Chartered's brokerage operation.

  34. Growing our molasses and feed businesses

    1997

    ED&F Man acquires Cargill’s international molasses, liquid feed and storage business.

  35. ED&F Man's management buy-out

    2000

    A management buy-out of the agricultural commodities business returns ED&F Man to a private, employee-owned company.

  36. The company expands its animal feed business

    2002

    ED&F Man acquires Tate & Lyle's North American molasses, liquid feed and storage business.

  37. Volcafe

    2004

    ED&F Man acquires Swiss based Volcafe, becoming one of the world's leading coffee merchants.

  38. ED&F Man on the LME

    2007

    ED&F Man becomes the London Metal Exchange's first new floor trading member in more than 10 years.

  39. Financial crisis

    2008

    Lehman Brothers, a major investment bank and a future in the US financial sector for more than 150 years, files for the largest bankruptcy in US history.

    The Dow Jones industrial average suffers the worst week of losses in its history, dropping by 22.1 per cent.

  40. More focus on core commodities

    2008

    ED&F Man stops trading cocoa and increases focus on the company's core commodities – sugar, coffee and molasses.

  41. ED&F Man Capital Markets

    January 2012 — 2012

    ED&F Man expands its brokerage division by forming ED&F Man Capital Markets.

  42. Südzucker buys ED&F Man stake

    2012

    German sugar-producer Südzucker acquires an equity investment of 24.99 per cent in ED&F Man.

  43. ED&F Man celebrates 230 years

    2013

    True sustainability - 230 years of innovation and expertise.

  44. ED&F Man acquires Mercatura and Feedimpex

    2015

    ED&F Man acquires two Netherlands-based companies: Mercatura trades raw materials for the animal feed industry, specialising in co-products from sugar, and Feedimpex has over 30 years' experience trading dried sugar-beet pulp.

  45. ED&F Man acquires Royal Ingredients

    2015

    ED&F Man acquires Royal Ingredients, a successful specialty sugar processor and distributor.

  46. ED&F Man sucessfully bids for Iansa

    2015

    ED&F Man acquires more shares in Chilean commodities company Empresas Iansa, resulting in approximately 92 per cent ownership of the company.

  47. ED&F Man takes on remander of SIS

    2015

    ED&F Man acquires the remaining 49 per cent it did not already own in sugar company SIS ’88 from Kuok (Singapore), taking its ownership to 100 per cent.

  48. ED&F Man acquires Maviga

    2017

    A global leader in the origination, processing and trading of dried edible pulses, seeds and speciality crops.

Annual reports

Annual report 2013
Annual report 2016
Annual report 2019
Annual report 2014
Annual report 2017
Annual report 2020
Annual report 2015
Annual report 2018

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    Asia

    Coffee – West Ryde
    73 Ryedale Road
    PO Box 231
    West Ryde
    NSW 1685
    Australia
    Tel: +61 (2) 9809 62 66

    Coffee – Yunnan
    The Crossway of Si Lan Road and Ban Shan Road
    Simao District
    Pu `er City, Simao
    Yunnan 665000
    China
    Tel: +86 879 8246679

    ED&F Man (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
    Suite 1909-10A CITIC Pacific Plaza,
    No. 1168 West Nanjing Road
    Jing’an District, Shanghai
    200041
    China

    Capital markets – Hong Kong
    5613, 56/F, The Center,
    99 Queen’s Road Central,
    Central
    Hong Kong
    Tel: +852 2170 6888

    Coffee – Bangalore
    Incubex, M2 Block, North Avenue, Level 13
    Manyata Business Park, Outer Ring Road, Nagavara
    Bangalore
    Bengaluru 560045
    India
    Tel: +91 74 8380 1783

    Coffee – Mangalore
    First floor, Bridge Square
    Bridge Road, Balmatta
    Mangalore
    575001
    India
    Tel: +91 82 4428 4767

    Sugar – Mumbai
    601, 275A/1/2, Malhotra Chambers
    Govandi Station Road, Deonar, Govandi (East)
    Mumbai
    400 088
    India
    Tel: +91 22 6604 6500

    Coffee – Kabupaten
    Jl Pasar Melintang No 28
    Desa Tanjung Selamat, Kecamatan Percut Sei Tuan
    Kabupaten Deli Serdang
    20371
    Indonesia
    Tel: +62 61 693 90 674

    Sugar – Jakarta
    Cyber 2 Tower, 17th Floor
    Jl HR Rasuna Said
    Block X-5
    Jakarta 12950
    Indonesia
    Tel: + 62 21 5799 8782

    Coffee – Kobe
    5F Create Kobe
    80 Kyomachi, Chuo-ku
    Kobe
    Hyogo 650-0034
    Japan
    Tel: +81 78 392 5570

    Coffee – Goroka
    PO Box 138, Airport Road
    Goroka, EHP
    Papua New Guinea
    Tel: +675 532 10 66

    Molasses and feed – Manila
    37C 37F
    Rufino Pacific Tower
    Makati City, Manila
    6784 Ayala Avenue
    Philippines
    Tel: +632 811 1000

    Molasses, feed and ethanol – Bacolod City
    Rm B-6 WSC Building,
    Locsin cor. Sebastian St.
    Bacolod City
    Philippines
    Tel: +63 34 433 2606

    Sugar and alcohol – Manila
    37–C 37th floor
    Rufino Pacific Tower
    Makati City, Manila
    6784 Ayala Avenue
    Philippines
    Tel: +632 8111 091/1

    Coffee, molasses and feed – Seoul
    13th FL. Clover Tower
    347 Seocho daero Seocho Gu
    Seoul
    Republic of Korea
    Tel: +82 2 581 8833

    Sugar and coffee – Singapore
    27 Cantonment Road
    Singapore 089745
    Tel: +65 6922 6700

    Sugar – Colombo
    1st floor, 114 Braybrooke Place
    Colombo 2
    Sri Lanka
    Tel: +94 11 2302 279

    Sugar (rep office) – Bangkok
    408/153 Phaholyothin Place Building
    36th floor Phaholyothi Road
    Phayathai Bangkok
    10400
    Thailand
    Tel: +662 619 0242 5

    Coffee – Ho Chi Minh City
    195 Dien bien phu, Ward 15,
    Binh Thanh District, HCMC
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Viet Nam
    Tel: +84 613 520 003

    Europe

    Molasses and feed – Antwerp
    Steenweg 3 – bus 402,
    3540 Herk-de-Stad,
    Belgium
    Tel: +32 3 448 0978

    Molasses and feed – Děčín
    Masarykovo náměstí 3/3
    Děčín I
    40502
    Czech Republic
    Tel: +420 412 513 475

    Sugar – Man Ingredients
    Zvoleněves 86,
    Zvoleněves 273 25
    Czech Republic
    Tel: +420 312 583 044

    Coffee – Paris
    27–29 Rue Chateaubriand
    Paris
    75008
    France
    Tel: + 33 1 4299 05 46

    Coffee – Bremen
    Schlachte 3–5
    Bremen
    28195
    Germany
    Tel: +49 (421) 33 97 33

    Sugar, capital markets, molasses and feed – Hamburg
    ED&F Man Deutschland GmbH
    Bernadottestr. 69, 22605 Hamburg
    Office : +49 (0) 040 – 468 958 560

    Molasses and feed
    Mohács,
    Budapesti országút, 31,
    7700 Hungary
    Hungary
    Tel: +36 30 645 2554

    Molasses and feed – Co Kildare
    10 Lower Main Street
    Kilcullen
    Co Kildare
    R56 PC91
    Ireland
    Tel: +353 (0) 45481070

    Storage and blending – Dublin
    South Bank Road
    Ringsend
    Dublin 4
    D04 TC98
    Ireland
    Tel: +353 (0)16 685894

    Coffee – Genoa
    Via Byron 14/4
    Genoa
    16145
    Italy
    Tel: +39 (010) 099 65 30

    Molasses and feed – Bologna
    Torre 1 – Unita 12 – 7° Floor
    Viale Aldo Moro 64, Fiera District
    Bologna
    40127
    Italy
    Tel: +39 051 277 011

    Sugar (rep office) – Riga
    Perses 9/11
    2nd Floor Riga
    LV-1011
    Latvia
    Tel: +372 (724) 2002

    Molasses and feed – Amsterdam
    De Ruyterkade 6, 6th floor
    Amsterdam
    1013 AA
    Netherlands
    Tel: +31 (0)20 7540111

    Shipping – Rotterdam
    Maastorenflat
    Schiedamsedijk 200
    Rotterdam
    3011 EP
    Netherlands
    Tel: +31 (0)10 4360 800

    Sugar – Warsaw
    ul Grzybowska 4/125
    Warsaw
    00-131
    Poland
    Tel: +48 22 826 8261

    Molasses and feed – Lisbon
    Av Antonio Serpa
    23-7 Andar
    Lisbon
    1050-026
    Portugal
    Tel: +35 (121) 780 1488

    Sugar – Moscow
    Office 520,
    1 Vasilisy Kozhinoy street,
    Moscow
    121096
    Russian Federation
    Tel: +7 495 937 7744

    Sugar and coffee – Madrid
    Calle Sagasta 27
    Madrid
    28004
    Spain
    Tel: + 34 91 448 51 62

    Coffee and grains – Winterthur
    Technoparkstrasse 7
    Winterthur
    8406
    Switzerland
    Tel: +41 (52) 264 94 94, +41 52 264 9456 (capital markets)

    Sugar – Kiev
    Creative States,
    8 Moskovska str
    Kyiv,
    01029
    Ukraine

    Sugar – Mykolaiv
    2 Zavodska St, Pervomayiske
    Zhovtneviy,
    Mykolaiv
    57232
    Ukraine

    Capital markets, sugar and shipping – London
    3 London Bridge Street
    London
    SE1 9SG
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 20 7089 8000

    Molasses, feed and storage – Liverpool
    info.mlpuk@edfman.com
    Alexandra House
    Regent Road, Liverpool
    L20 1ES
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0)151 944 3900

    Americas

    Capital markets – Campinas
    Av José de Souza Campos, 507 – 9º andar
    Cambuí, Campinas
    SP – Brazil
    13025–320
    Brazil

    Coffee – Santos
    Rua Frei Gaspar 22
    2°/3° andar
    Santos – SP
    CEP 11 010-090
    Brazil
    Tel: +55 (13) 32 13 92 00

    Sugar and grains – São Paulo
    R. Surubim
    577 – Cidade Monções, Conj. 41 e 42
    São Paulo – SP
    04571-050
    Brazil
    Tel: +55 (11) 2101 7300 (sugar), +55 (11) 5051 7970 (grains)

    Molasses and feed – Quebec
    6 Place Du Commerce
    Suite 202
    Brossard, Quebec
    J4W 3J9
    Canada
    Tel: +1 450 465 1715

    Sugar – IANSA – Santiago
    Rosario Norte 615, piso 23
    Las Condes
    Santiago
    Chile
    Tel: +562 2571 5400

    Coffee – Bogotà
    Edificio Liberty Seguros
    Calle 72 no. 10-07, Of. 1301
    Santafé de Bogotà, DC
    110311
    Colombia
    Tel: +57 (1) 313 7474

    Coffee – San José
    Carretera a Heredia, Del Puente Rio Virilla
    50 metros a mano derecha
    San José 1000
    Costa Rica
    Tel: + 506 2 261 60 60

    Coffee – Guatemala
    Diagonal 6, 13–27
    Zona 10
    Guatemala City
    CA 01010
    Guatemala
    Tel: +502 2427 12 00

    Coffee – San Pedro Sula
    Ave New Orleans Frente al Instituto Tecnico Aleman
    3 Avenida entre 28 y 29 calle, Barrio La Guardia
    San Pedro Sula
    Honduras
    Tel: + 504 25 56 66 61

    Molasses and feed – Guadalajara
    Pablo Neruda 2886 3
    Col Providencia 4ta Seccion
    Guadalajara
    Jalisco CP 44639
    Mexico
    Tel: +52 (33) 33 31 91 25

    Sugar – Mexico City
    Jose Vasconcelos No 105 Piso 9 oficina 902
    Col Hipódromo Condesa, Del Cuauhtémoc
    Ciudad de Mexico
    CP 06170
    Mexico
    Tel: +52 55 52 79 0700

    Coffee – Lima
    Av Pedro Ruiz Gallo Lt 124C / 125A
    Urb. Parcela Fundo la Estrella
    Santa Clara, Ate, Lima
    Peru
    Tel: +51 1 356 44 54

    Molasses and feed – Lima
    Monte Rosa 255 piso 4 ofic. 309
    Chacarilla del Estanque, Santiago de Surco
    Lima
    Peru
    Tel: +51 (1) 625-9873

    Sugar – Puerto Rico
    Centro de Distribucion del Norte, building 1
    National Road #869, Barrio Palmas Ward
    Puerto Rico
    00962
    Puerto Rico
    Tel: +1 787 620 4141

    Capital Markets – Houston
    2121 Sage Road, Suite 268
    Houston
    TX 77056, USA
    United States

    Capital markets – Chicago
    440 South LaSalle Street
    Suite 1850
    Chicago
    IL 60605
    United States
    Tel: +1-312-300-5000

    Capital markets – New Jersey
    160 White Road, Suite 202
    Little Silver
    New Jersey
    NJ 07739
    United States

    Capital markets – New York
    140 East 45th Street
    42nd Floor
    New York
    NY 10017
    United States
    Tel: +1-212-618-2800

    Coffee – New York
    Volcafe Specialty USA
    3 West Main Street
    Irvington, New York
    NY 10533
    United States
    Tel: +1-914 752 7706

    Molasses and feed – New Orleans
    365 Canal Street, Suite 2929
    New Orleans
    LA 70130
    United States
    Tel: +1-504-581-1620

    Molasses and feed – Stockton
    Stockton
    CA 95203
    United States

    Molasses and feed – houston
    300 93rd Street
    Houston
    Texas
    77012
    United States

    Special Crops – Spokane
    The Edge, 103 East Sprague
    Suite 101
    Spokane
    Washington 99202, USA
    United States
    Tel: +1-212-618-2800

    Sugar and capital markets – Miami
    801 Brickell Avenue
    Suite 1450
    Miami
    FL 33131
    United States
    Tel: +1-786-279-7320

    Sugar – Royal Ingredients – Swedesboro
    512 Sharptown Road
    Swedesboro
    NJ 08085
    United States
    Tel: +1 856-241-2004

    Westway Feed Products – Baltimore
    1075 Hull Street
    Baltimore
    MaryLand, MD 21230
    United States
    Tel: +1(410) 244-8649

    Westway Feed Products – Clewiston
    111 Ponce De Leon Ave
    Clewiston
    FL 33440, USA
    United States

    Westway Feed Products – Michigan
    Carrolton
    Michigan
    United States

    Westway Feed Products – Ohio
    3335 Southside Avenue
    Cincinnati
    Ohio, OH 45204
    United States
    Tel: +1(513)921-8800×2

    Westway Feed Products – St. Paul
    2229 Childs Rd
    St Paul
    MN 55106, USA
    United States

    Westway Feed Products – Tomball
    2001 Timberloch Place
    Suite 400
    The Woodlands
    TX 77380
    United States
    Tel: +1-800-654-9668

    Sugar – Caracas
    Edif Banco Del Orinoco – Piso 9
    Av Fco. de Miranda – Sector la Floresta
    Caracas
    1060
    Venezuela
    Tel: +58 244 390 1270

    Africa

    Sugar – Cairo
    The Spot Mall, Unit 7, 2nd floor
    In front of AUC
    New Cairo
    Egypt
    Tel: +202 25734060

    Sugar – New Cairo
    ED&F Man Trading Egypt Limited LLC
    First Sector, 90th Street
    New Cairo
    Cairo Governorate 11835
    Egypt

    Coffee (rep office) – Addis Ababa
    PO Box 13310
    Kirkos Sub-City, Wereda 01
    House No. 062
    Ethiopia
    Tel: +251 11 551 00 51

    Sugar – Accra
    31 Ringway Estate
    Asafoanye O Broni Crescent
    Osu, Accra
    Ghana

    Sugar – Tema
    2 Adnan Heights
    Meridian Road, Plot IND/MKT/A/130
    Tema
    Ghana

    Sugar and coffee – Nairobi
    Denis Pritt Road
    Opposite St. George’s High School
    Nairobi 00100
    Kenya
    Tel: +254 70 58 58 777 (sugar), +254 20 27 15 051 (coffee)

    Sugar – Maputo
    Bagged Sugar Transit Shed 1
    Port of Maputo
    Maputo
    Mozambique
    Tel: +258 82 319 5480

    Coffee – Moshi
    Moshi Industrial Area
    Viwanda Street
    Moshi
    Tanzania
    Tel: +255 27 27 51 221

    Sugar – Dar es-Salaam
    4th floor, Sukari House
    Corner of Ohio Street/Sokoine Drive
    Dar es-Salaam
    Tanzania
    Tel: +255 (222) 119 525/6

    Coffee – Kampala
    Kampala Industrial Business Park/Namanve
    PO Box 3181
    Kampala
    Uganda
    Tel: +256 312 265 251

    Sugar – Kampala
    1–3 Spring Close
    5th Street
    Bugolobi
    Kampala
    Uganda

    Middle East

    Capital markets – Dubai
    Office 17–042
    Level 17, Central Park (Commercial) Tower
    Dubai International Financial Centre
    PO Box 507074
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: +971 4 279 8905

    Maviga Trading – Dubai
    Unit 1404, Tiffany Tower, Cluster W,
    Jumeirah Lakes Towers,
    Dubai, UAE
    PO Box 337103
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: +971 4 5515624