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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?
CEO Kevin Schwartz says the firm specifically targeted investors outside of its traditional base in the US and Europe, resulting in commitments coming in from institutions in China, Japan and the Middle East.
The vehicle secured $100m from the Vermont Pension Investment Committee and will aim to make farmland acquisitions averaging $20m across the US, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, Romania and Chile.
Following its disposal of 555,000 Michigan acres, Weyerhaeuser’s plans for similar properties in Maine could provide clues as to whether the sale marks a shift in species preference.
The firm's principal and chairman, Dave Chen, says European LPs have 'home-field advantage' in appreciating the potential for large-scale controlled environment agriculture.
The historically timber-focused firm hired former Brookfield Asset Management director Stavros Koutsantonis this year as part of its expansion into conservation-focused agricultural investments.
With UK timber prices up 30% and forest land values rising, the manager will continue investing in Britain and plans to expand in Ireland in 2019.
The facility will enable the expansion of the group’s sunflower oil and renewable energy production and improve agri-infrastructure in its home country.
Cost rises and tighter supplies will put EU beef producers under increasing pressure.
Director of agribusiness Natalya Zhukova tells Agri Investor how the goals and approaches that will guide sector investment through 2023 have evolved since the last strategy was written in 2010.
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