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Tunisia Purchases 75,000 Tons of Durum Wheat, Agency Says

December 01, 2011

(Updates with names of suppliers in second paragraph.)

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Tunisia agreed to buy 75,000 metric tons of durum wheat in a tender yesterday, according to the state-run grain agency.

The Office des Cereales bought 25,000 tons of the grain at $407.99 a ton from Glencore International Plc, Assia Boussena, director of procurement at the agency, said by telephone from Tunis. It also made two further purchases of equal size, one at $399.89 a ton from Eurograni and the other at $414.89 a ton from Glencore, Boussena said.

All prices include the cost of freight, and the cargoes are for delivery between Jan. 1 and Jan. 20, Boussena said. Durum wheat is the hard variety of the grain used to make pasta and couscous, a staple dish in western North Africa.

--Editors: Dan Weeks, Alastair Reed

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