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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.

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.

Arlon-owned produce distributor buys prepared foods provider

The chief executive of The Coastal Companies says the acquisition of Hearn Kirkwood will bring the company 'new and exciting markets.'

Hamilton Lane: US farmland values might be levelling-off

The gap between appreciation and income is narrowing, but significant risks to farmland values remain, says Brent Burnett.

CPPIB injects C$200m into PE-backed Premium Brands

Pender West Capital Partners is among existing investors in the TSX-listed collection of food manufacturing and distribution businesses.

Equilibrium invests $82m to build Appalachia greenhouse

AppHarvest founder Jonathan Webb says previous investment from AOL co-founder Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund helped the company find partners in the Netherlands.

Finistere enters robotics with an eye on broader markets

CEO Arama Kukutai says participation in a $8.8m funding round for New Zealand’s Invert Robotics gives the firm an entry into potential markets outside of agri.

Mother Nature might get a vote on US/China ‘de-coupling’

Ag is at the center of a fierce dispute between the world’s two largest economies about the rules of global trade. Disease - and the disruption it brings - could highlight how global trade can be a force for good.
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