> Controlled origination and supply
> Complete chartering operations
> Meticulous loading monitoring
> Strict management of shipping rotations
> Full supervision of discharge at port of call
> Quality control and quantitative follow-up with our milling clients
For more than 30 years, Ifaco has been ensuring the flawless implementation of its operations. From A to Z. Our insistence on quality control, social and environmental responsibility has established us as the uncontested leader in the market, for both grain origin and destination.
A Swiss company, founded and based in Geneva, the world capital for soft commodities, Ifaco is internationally renowned, and has built historic partnerships with many specialized experts.
Furthermore, Ifaco has made their specialized expertise available for the trade of several other agricultural products, including wheat bran, corn etc…
These three departments are made up of qualified and experienced collaborators, who are dedicated to our vocation : first-rate quality !
A new milestone for Ifaco which has just celebrated 35 years of service in West and Central Africa.
Always young and frisky, our company is proud of its dynamism and its development. May we continue to see its activity grow as much as the number of candles on the birthday cake !
It is the time of the first harvests in the plains of the Caucasus and Ifaco took a walk in the fields and made a pre-harvest tour in the Rostov on the Don area. This large cereal basin serves in particular the port of Kavkaz located in boundary of Black Sea and Sea of Azov.
It was still too early during this visit to draw any conclusions about the quality of the harvest. It has however been observed that the health status is excellent and that the qualitative expectations are high, especially on protein.
June 20, 2018
This year we had the pleasure to accompany our Canadian partners at Fednav on their first trip to Africa.
Being one of our most important destinations, we chose Cameroon for this visit.
The schedule included a tour of the Port of Douala and meetings with the authorities as well as visits of several customers and their factories.
Furthermore, we visited the new port of Kribi the day before its inauguration as well as Limbe.
It was a very rewarding first experience for our Canadian visitors who call the port of Douala regularly (mainly with us) and to whom we have been proud to present this important destination.
A big thank you to all of our Cameroonian customers for their very warm welcome.
April 17, 2018
The ice condition in the St. Lawrence has become particularly severe; ice coverage has at least tripled in the past month and in some areas ice thicknesses range between 30 and 70 centimeters.
The cold weather and the large abundance of snow contributed to this difficult winter.
Last week a large ice jam blocked the Les Escoumins area in both directions.
The wind which is currently blowing in a North-East direction is certainly not working in our favor; this will change during the spring once it blows South-East which will help push the ice out.
In addition to the extreme weather, there we have been experiencing some breakdowns with aging Canadian fleet of ice breakers which is causing more delays.
February 20, 2018
Ice is in advance in the St. Lawrence waters this year, announcing a very harsh winter and very tricky navigation conditions.
Unusually, ice formation started before Christmas reaching rarely attained levels in early January, especially in the salty waters of the Gulf of the St. Lawrence.
In recent days, strong winds (up to 100 km / h) have slowed down ice formation, but have considerably cooled the water.
“The ice machine” is ready and thicknesses of up to 1 meter are expected.
The photos are of our first vessel for 2018 navigating through the Saint Lawrence.
Ifaco Grain Company ended 2017 by loading the last French wheat vessel at La Palice before closing for New Year’s Eve.
The storm that blew on the French coast did not facilitate the operation, but the ship finished in time to leave the port before the New Year’s Day.
The quality is back in France and Ifaco Grain Company regains its habits in La Pallice. The first shipment of the new crop has just ended in the hope that the French 2017 “millésime” regains colors and that this first call is the beginning of a long series.
This is a first for Ifaco Grain Company and a new destination that is our pride.
The first stop in the history of our company in Pointe Noire in the Republic of the Congo has just ended and went perfectly.
This first time is all the more symbolic that it accompanies the opening of a new mill in the country, and we wish it to be the beginning of a long history!
To address the consequences of a historically complex French wheat harvest in terms of crop quality and export quantities, Ifaco Grain Company has quickly moved to set up an alternative solution, in order to guarantee normal deliveries to its African customers. Thus, as of last August, we have put in place a rotation of European origins alternating between France and Russia. In order to ensure the standard of delivery that is important to us, our teams have been quickly deployed on the ground to support this new supply chain, mainly conducted from Krasnodar, the capital of Russian wheat industry, as well as Novorossik, the main export port on the Black Sea.
Ifaco Grain Company SA and its Group have adhered to STSA.
We are proud to join the Swiss trading community and thus to support our industry.
Following the first harvests in the countryside, Ifaco Grain Company and its partners have entered the fields.
More than 25 participants came from the majority of our African destinations to follow the wheat’s path starting from field to ship.
Our journey included meetings with farmers and cooperatives, combine harvester tours in the field, followed by the grading process, and was concluded with a visit of the La Pallice port and a tour on board a vessel.
Two very informative technical days which were a great success!
July, 6th, 7th and 8th 2016
Ifaco Grain Company SA and its group support for more than 10 years, the NGO Terre Verte in Burkina Faso in its fight against desert encroachment in the Sahel region.
Concerned with agricultural issues in West and Central Africa, and the survival of rural populations on their territory, we bring to this NGO a regular financial support for the implementation of its program.
Feel free to join us in contributing to its work by donating online www.eauterreverdure.org
More than 20’000 people are now living thanks to the action of Terre Verte and its local partners.
Ifaco Grain Company SA makes its spring molt !
Light facelift of the visual identity, confirmation of the new name and moving in new premises … 33 spring and full of energy !
After opening the French wheat campaign with two berthed boats loading simultaneously in July, Ifaco had the honour to put an end to the year 2015, with the last vessel (any product confounded) loaded by Sica before the new year’s day. Champagne !
La Rochelle, December 30th 2015
December, 24th 2015
La Rochelle, October, 25th 2015
July 22nd, 2015
This is now a tradition ! For the third year in a row, Ifaco opened the international export of the new French wheat campaign in La Pallice by loading and sailing the first vessel !
One specificity this year, Ifaco docked the 2 first vessels of the La Pallice line-up to load more than 45’000 MT of French wheat for Western Africa.
This start is even more exciting since the quality of the La Baie wheat (our favourite French origin for more than 20 years) is said to be good this year !
A crop full of promises!
Douala, May 07th, 2015
On the 7th of May, IFACO has organised in Douala an exclusive conference–debate, dedicated to the Groupement Des Industries Meunières du Cameroun. It was an instant success.
CEO from milling companies as well as their closest top managers (more than 25 guests in total) attended to take part in open discussions about the world of grains (introduction to worldwide markets, results of former campaigns and new crops).
Mr Pierre Duclos from Lecureur came to Douala especially for this event. He has literally fascinated his audience with such a well prepared and documented presentation.
This great moment of sharing information and opinions permitted the 3 representatives to reinforce their long term links.
Chartres, March 1st-3rd 2015
Outside the conference in Douala, IFACO organized a three-day technical meeting in Chartres in association with SCAEL group. This meeting held in CGAC labs. The main goal of it was to compare technical tests and to have one standardization method for Canadian Wheat analysis. Distance conversations will go on and should lead to a cross test program between Chartres and Winnipeg. It will be to our clients benefit.
Douala, Feb 24th-26th 2015
This was really a huge success for IFACO at Douala during the technical seminary dedicated to Canadian Wheat from February 24th to 26th, 2015.
Everyone did confirm its attendance so that 45 people coming from 10 different countries including all of our Western and Central African clients were in.
Moreover, 6 Canadian experts from CIGI (sourcing, milling, quality, baking) attended the seminary as well in order to debate Canadian Wheat with all participants during 2 intense conference days.
IFACO would like, here, to thank you all for your effective participation during this meeting. The warmth of the welcome of the ‘Groupement Des Meuniers Camerounais’ touched us greatly. In addition, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to our partner named CIGI who managed to come with excellent experts providing great success to the seminary.
Please click on the link below to download pictures and reports : https://www.hightail.com/download/UlRUZm1YcHZ0d0hWUThUQw
Cigi website link : http://cigi.ca/first-cigi-technical-mission-to-west-and-central-africa-a-successful-insightful-experience/
June 5th, 2014
To celebrate a first year of intense collaboration with Cape Verde, an Ifaco delegation went to Midelo – São Vicente to meet the Moave team.
Moave is the unique Cape Verde miller, providing the whole population in wheat.
Muito obrigado for the warm welcome they reserved us !
It is early spring and the shipping industry is still coping with the effects of last winter’s harsh weather conditions. Indeed, for the most part, 95% of the great lakes was frozen tight with very high levels of ice thickness. This is unprecedented as it has never occurred in 40 years, making a return to normal slower than usual.
Barge (or vessel) loading is resuming little by little but shipping is already behind schedule by 5 weeks, which can be translated into a loss of approximately 500.000 MT of cargo.
Fortunately, the first loaded vessels are reaching the St. Lawrence River. This is very encouraging since it shows that the situation is gradually improving.
On the other hand, ice thickness levels are still too high and vessels have to move slowly and in convoy all the way through the great lakes and in the waterway connecting them to the St. Lawrence River.
Ifaco and its Canadian partners are doing all they can to minimize the impact of this year’s historical winter harshness on its business.
Our over thirty years of expertise and the solidarity of our network on site are assets that we utilize tirelessly, and we can confirm today that the worst is behind us
Canada and heartland USA went thru three Polar Vortex between December and February. Not since 1979 has so much of the Great Lakes been coated in ice. In total, about 92 percent of the lakes’ total surface is currently ice-covered. Historically it’s the second-largest accumulation by this date. It’s a tremendous challenge this winter causing the shipping industry to be much slower than normal.
The recent Canadian & US harvests resulted in bumper crops, which have forced farmers to keep large quantities in winter storage until the spring finally arrives.
Railway companies have not kept up with the capacity that’s required to move products to ports. Some suggest that the record crop that is sitting in the bins across the Prairies may well be carried into 2015 before the backlog is totally caught up.
Ifaco is doing their utmost to accommodate and find solutions for all clients.
Some twenty people, coming from 5 of our major destinations in West Africa have participated to the Ifaco 2013 Quality Days on October 14th to 16th.
Our clients travelled a lot during these days. From Paris to Chartres (CGAC laboratory), first, for technical sessions (analysis and bread-making) and conferences on the 2013 campaign. From Chartres to La Rochelle, then, for visiting the La Pallice harbor installations as well as the SICA port silo.
3 intense and appreciated days !
Ifaco warmly thanks all the participants, speakers and clients that have made these days such a success !
September 23rd, 2013
For its 30th birthday (official date Sept 23rd) Ifaco has refreshed its historical logo.
The famous Swiss flag red remains as the symbol of our attachment to high quality, and the “30years” will stay the jubilee year only.
August 16th, 2013
Ifaco has opened the new French crop by loading the first full cargo of 100% French milling wheat of the season.