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Marrone Bio to distribute two bioinsecticides in Mexico

Davis biotech firm Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. on Tuesday said it signed an agreement to market and distribute two of its bioinsecticides in Mexico, a key market for agricultural products consumed by Americans.

The agreement was signed with Agri Star, a company of Iowa-based Albaugh LLC, which bills itself as the largest U.S.-based manufacturer and formulator of off patent agricultural crop-protection products.

Agri Star, headquartered in Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco, is Albaugh’s primary distributor in Mexico.

The agreement calls for the distribution and marketing of Marrone-branded bioinsecticides Grandevo and Venerate, which protect against chewing and sucking insects and mites, plus various soil-inhabiting pests. The pests can disrupt growth of a wide range of major crops, including fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Mexico is a major producer and exporter of fruits and vegetables, with exports to the United States alone totaling $19.3 billion from 2013 to 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

Marrone touts the environmentally friendly nature of its pest-control products.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover