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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.
Chief investment officer Jamie Shen says the aftermath of California wildfires has led to a ‘wild ride’ for ag but has given the firm a chance to demonstrate its skill in managing risk.
Eric Archambeau says some of Europe’s leading agtech startups may prove more scaleable than their American counterparts.
University of California Davis animal health professor Frank Mitloehner is working with the pair to improve cattle welfare and minimize the beef carbon footprint at Green Plains Cattle Company.
Managing director Tai Lin says Eat Just Asia will establish a processing facility and a packaging network throughout the region as part of an alternative protein supply chain-focused strategy.
Co-founder Amit Bouri says new analysis helps set the stage for agriculture to drive a ‘race to the top’ in strengthening performance ratings and benchmarks for impact investment.
Chief executive and former Harvard natural resources MD Colin Butterfield says AIG’s desire to back his team’s food and ag strategy helped catalyze the creation of Solum.
NYSE-listed Americold’s acquisition of Agro Merchants Group follows its 2019 deal for Blackstone-backed Cloverleaf and includes a stake in a LatAm cold storage JV with Aqua Capital.
Co-founder Ben Belldegrun says investors are eager for direct exposure to sub-sectors like biological inputs and food traceability.
Senior vice-president Mario Therrien says the tie-up provides the C$333bn pension with a ‘window’ into a sector it sees as a real assets portfolio extension well-suited to its long-term sustainability focus.
Peoples Company owner Steve Bruere says institutional investors could sell assets through the 1031 exchange market, but the structures offered by DST Farms are largely aimed at retail investors.
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