Rethinking Commodities Trading
ECOM Agroindustrial is a multinational commodities trading company which handles four product streams — cocoa, coffee, cotton, and sugar. Founded in 1849 by José Esteve, a Spanish cotton trader, the company remains majority-owned by the Esteve family. Today, ECOM operates in over 40 producing countries, and the company is the largest coffee miller in the world, as well as among the top four merchants globally in cotton and cocoa. In West Africa, ECOM primarily deals in cocoa, cashews, edible nuts, and spices, particularly in Ghana, Cộte d'lvoire, Nigeria, and Guinea-Bissau, working with some of the world's poorest farmers.