The Canadian Competition Bureau is not just a passive observer of business undertakings but an active participant in assessing the competitive landscape. With Bunge’s proposed takeover of Viterra sending ripples across the grain industry, the bureau’s concerns focus on potential anti-competitive effects, especially given Bunge’s 25% stake in G3 Global Holdings, Viterra’s key rival. The stakes are high; G3, a joint venture between the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) and Bunge, is an aggressive market player with considerable growth since 2015, threatening the dominance of incumbents like Viterra. Complicating matters, Bunge’s influence on G3’s board and access to sensitive information could become a strategic disadvantage. Hence, the Competition Bureau’s implicit suggestion: Bunge may need to divest from G3 to satisfy regulatory requirements and maintain market harmony. However, consequences loom large – from reshuffling the grain market order to questioning SALIC’s capacity to operate without Bunge’s expertise. With discussions of Bunge’s exit leading to potential interest from other major grain players, or even a withdrawal from the deal altogether, the narrative of Canadian agribusiness is still being written, thread by careful thread.

Agriculture & Agribusiness, Investment & Competition Regulation,Canada, Saudi Arabia