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Ventura Foods, a California-based joint venture of CHS Inc. and Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co. (TYO: 8031; OTC: MITSY) with $3 billion in revenue, agreed to acquire the Cargill DSM dressings, sauces and mayonnaise business from Cargill Inc. CHS is a farmer-owned cooperative founded in 1929. In February, Cargill agreed to sell its industrial chocolate production unit in Mannheim, Germany, to Dutch investment consortium led by Nimbus and Varova. Cargill had acquired the Mannheim chocolate plant last year from Archer Daniels Midland Co. (NYSE:ADM). Agrium is a major producer and distributor of agricultural products and services in North America, South America, Australia and Egypt through its agricultural retail-distribution and wholesale nutrient businesses. The company supplies growers with key products and services such as crop nutrients, crop protection, seed, and agronomic and application services, thereby helping to meet the ever growing global demand for food and fiber. Agrium produces nitrogen, potash and phosphate fertilizers, with a combined wholesale nutrient capacity of over nine million tonnes and with competitive advantages across all product lines. Agrium retail-distribution has an unmatched network of over 1,400 facilities and approximately 3,800 crop consultants. The company partners with over half a million grower customers globally to help them increase their yields and returns on more than 50 different crops. The company, formerly known as Cominco Fertilizers, was founded in 1931 and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, in Canada. Agrium has a market capitalization of $12.3 billion.]]>