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Chris Janiec

Chris Janiec is Americas Editor at Agri Investor. Based in New York, Janiec coordinates coverage of private investment into global food and agriculture with colleagues in London. Previously, Janiec covered non-bank capital markets for PEI’s Private Debt Investor, taught international relations and US foreign policy at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing and worked as an analyst of petroleum and shipping markets in New York.

EY bolsters ag-focused advisory

Global agribusiness lead Rob Dongoski says the addition of Mark Holland, Nathan Ramsay and Asha Lundal from The Context Network reflects growing interest in the sector.

Oaktree-backed AGRO Merchants Group acquires Iberia coldstores

Chief executive Carlos Rodriguez says increasing produce and frozen fish volumes prompted expansion in a region that is a gateway to southern Europe.

New Sumitomo unit to hunt ag VC investments

Sumitomo's Corporate Venture and Innovation Office will also explore investments in healthcare, environment, and information and communication technology.

Gladstone acquires Michigan blueberry properties for $7.8m

The NASDAQ-listed farmland REIT’s expansion comes as blueberry markets face reduced California production and growing competition from Mexico, Peru and Chile.

Cultivian, Anterra and Open Prairie among investors in $40m biologicals Series B

Vestaron chief executive Anna Rath says attracting life-science investors into later-stage agtech startups will be key to the market's development.

Cresco Capital Partners closes cannabis fund on $60m

Managing partner Codie Sanchez says LPs in the firm’s second vehicle include managers from large private equity and venture capital firms committing their own capital.

Nuveen backs Indian ag lender’s $55m Series D

The investment brings Samunnati’s total fundraising to $84.5m since it was founded in 2014.

AGR sells pet food ingredient unit to Olympus Partners

Managing director Daniel Masters says PE has invested less in the supply chain for premium pet food ingredients.

Finding a place for aquaculture

As the aquaculture industry weighs whether its future is onshore, in the open-ocean or both, private equity investors have an opportunity to help develop a market seen as key to meeting future protein demand.

Scarcity shapes fishfeed alternatives search

The challenges and opportunities in a key market for an expanding global aquaculture market were examined by a panel of industry leaders at IntraFish 2019.
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