China is a large importer and processor of soybeans and so has considerable influence on the oilseed market. Bunge has had little expansion into China, unlike Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill.
Bunge supplies large amounts of capital to South American farmers through prepaid contracts, advances, and credit. If the farmers are unable to produce, Bunge will see great losses.
Bunge is a food chain middleman and has negligible control over its buying and selling prices. Like other agribusiness companies, Bunge carries a great amount of risk because of the volatility in the market.