INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- CHS Inc., a leading energy and grain-based foods company in the U.S., has announced it will invest in a newly created Brazilian grain-handling and merchandising company named Multigrain S.A.

The new company will be jointly owned with Multigrain Comercio, the Sao Paulo-based agricultural commodities business.

"We have continually increased our working partnership with Multigrain ever since opening our own marketing offices in Brazil three years ago," said John Johnson, CHS president and CEO. "We are excited to formalize our business relationship even further with this knowledgeable and experienced Brazilian agribusiness. Our investment in Multigrain S.A. will bring CHS valuable competitive advantages and a significant opportunity for growth in our South American grain operations."

Founded in 1998, Multigrain Comercio's core business is origination of commodities in the central and northern regions of Brazil, the country's fastest growing agricultural areas. The company has some 390 employees at 18 locations. With a majority focus on exporting soybeans sourced from Brazil cooperatives and producers, Multigrain is also a leading importer of wheat and operates a small flour mill in Jundiai.

CHS Inc. is a diversified energy, grains and foods company committed to providing the essential resources that enrich lives. A Fortune 500 company, CHS is owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest and from the Canadian border to Texas, along with thousands of preferred stockholders.

SOURCE: CHS Inc. via PR Newswire.