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Soybeans

Soybeans

The soybean (Glycine max) is a species of legume native to Eastern Asia. It is rich in protein and oil. And has found use in various industries and commercial applications. It is utilized in the production of vegetable oil; animal feeds, soy concentrate and soy protein isolate, infant formula, many dairy product substitutes (soy milk, margarine, soy ice cream, soy yogurt, soy cheese and soy cream cheese). Other products include oils, soap, cosmetics, resins, plastics, inks, crayons, solvents, and clothing. And quite amazingly, Soybean oil is the primary source of biodiesel in the United States, accounting for 80% of domestic biodiesel production. Soybeans have also been used since 2001 as fermenting stock in the manufacture of a brand of vodka.

At Capital Merchants Inc, soybeans are supplied from either USA or Nigeria. Nigeria is the largest producer of soybean in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), followed by South Africa. Supply origin is based on client’s choice and availability of product from such source.

We use the US system of grades to classify the quality of our soybeans supplies:

Grade Factors Grades U.S. Number
1 2 3 4
Minimum limit of
Test weigh lbs 56.0 54.0 52.0 49.0
Damaged kernels:
·         Heat (part of total) 0.2 0.5 1.0 1.0
·         Total 2.0 3.0 5.0 8.0
Foreign Material 1.0 2.0 5.0 10.0
Splits 10.0 20.0 30.0 40.0
Soybean of other colors 1 1.0 2.0 5.0 10.0
Maximum count limits of:
Other materials
·         Animal waste 9 9 9 9
·         Castor Beans 1 1 1 1
·         Crotalaria seeds 2 2 2 2
·         Glass 0 0 0 0
·         Stone 3 3 3 3
·         Unknown foreign substance 3 3 3 3
·         Total 10 10 10 10