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Paine Schwartz adds former Cargill exec as operating director

Peter Hawthorn is a former vice-president of corporate strategy with the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant.

Grains VC fund aims to foster Australian agtech ecosystem

Sydney-based Artesian Venture Partners has launched its A$50m GrainInnovate VC fund with backing from the Grains Research and Development Corporation

GrainCorp sells Australian bulk liquid terminals for A$350m

Long-Term Asset Partner’s mysterious bid for 100% of GrainCorp faces a May 10 deadline after sale of liquid terminals to ANZ Terminals, owned by several infra fund managers.

Pipeline Foods buys SunOpta’s organic corn, soy business for $66.5m

The deal expands Pipeline’s network of suppliers and customers as well as its distribution network for grains and oilseeds, says chief executive Eric Jackson.

Alantra acquires majority stake in Frías Nutrición

The seventh investment from the €450m Alantra Private Equity Fund III will enable the health-food firm to expand internationally and develop its product base.

ADM Capital announces sixth investment from debut ag fund Cibus

The vehicle, which closed on $322m with an extra $130m for co-investments, has backed food processing technology firm MycoTechnology.

Proterra to launch Asia-focused $800m agribusiness fund

The fund will follow the firm’s last two food funds, capitalizing on rising demand for quality food in emerging markets.

Hosen Capital to launch $700m agribusiness fund

The private equity investment manager aims to capitalize on demand for higher-value food in China and other emerging economies.

EU unleashes private investment in African agriculture with €200m ABC fund

Brussels will inject €45m as well as attract private and impact investors.

Ag tech start-up SeeTree secures $15m funding

The firm will focus on developing artificial intelligence and drone technology to monitor citrus tree orchards health and productivity in California and Brazil.

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