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Alternative proteins still too alternative for investors

Three out of the four ABCD agricultural companies have made strategic investments to take advantage of the alternative protein boom. When will institutional investors catch on?

Cargill invests $225m in plant protein and refined oils facility

The company has invested around $325m in plant protein ventures over the last two years, with JV partner PURIS and now Cargill’s Ohio facility the chief beneficiaries of the investments.

Ginkgo Bioworks’ $350m fund to deploy capital by year-end

The Ferment Fund will exclusively support companies that have been spun out from Ginkgo and will benefit from full access to the company’s platform for cell programming.

Australia grain demand to grow faster than supply over next decade – Rabobank

The country will remain a net exporter of cereal grains, but the proportion of grains being exported is forecast to fall from 60% down to 53% as domestic demand growth outpaces supply.

Future Meat secures $14m in S2G-led Series A

Chief scientist Yaakov Nahmias says the start-up’s methodology means it only takes 14 days to produce cultured chicken or beef, whether it is producing 1kg or 1 tonne of meat.

Gladstone acquires Nebraska farmland in $14.7m deal

The publicly traded REIT said the acquisition is in line with its strategy of buying or converting farmland from conventional to organic farms

Paine Schwartz takes 30% stake in table grape company

The firm’s investment commits it to a partnership that will see it provide joint funding for Specialty New Fruit Licensing’s activities and ongoing expansion

African swine fever’s unknowable toll

It’s too soon to know how institutional investors not directly invested in China’s pig farms will be affected, but no interested party can afford to take their eye off an outbreak that is expected to claim 55% of China's pig herd by year-end.

Greencoat fund makes £120m sustainable greenhouse investment

The greenhouses will be heated by waste heat from nearby water treatment facilities and result in a 75% carbon footprint reduction.

ADM’s ag fund hunts for aquaculture and veterinary investments

Chief operating officer Jeremy Alun-Jones says the fund believes valuations in the meat and alternative meat markets are too high, and is seeking to invest in an animal meats best practice platform instead.
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