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Meet the Chinese investor who’s putting France on edge

Keqin Hu, the chairman of a detergent and food conglomerate, has discreetly amassed hectares of French arable land. In the first of a series, we gather clues about the billionaire businessman.

Why a Chinese investor is fast becoming France’s bête noire

A string of opaque land acquisitions has put the country’s farmers on edge. Should they be worried?

QIC’s beef business eyes Asia’s protein market

In the second half of a two-part interview, Damien Frawley discusses several ways NAPCO could seek to tap markets across the Pacific and says Chinese strategics are largely 'misunderstood'.

NAPCO is going grass-fed, says QIC’s CEO

In the first of a two-part interview, Damien Frawley tells Agri Investor about opportunities for growth in Australia's high-priced beef market and how QIC's 220,000-head cattle business intends to benefit.

Inside a biofuel mega-deal: BlackRock, a Chinese university and many tons of waste

Montreal-based Enerkem has just raised C$280m to build facilities in the US and Europe. We zoom in on the transaction’s structure and what it says about institutional appetite for advanced biofuels.

US ag in China’s trade war crosshairs, says former USDA chief

Despite uncertainties surrounding policy and the threat of economic strife, China remains a more attractive dairy export market than India, Tom Vilsack said at the Peoples Company’s Land Investment Expo.

OTPP hires Chinese ag boss to head Australian offshoot

The Canadian pension has appointed David Goodfellow, former head of the Macquarie Pastoral Fund – hinting that livestock could become part of its mandate Down Under.

Top North American pensions’ ag portfolios to surpass $1bn in Australia

The sector has only recently emerged as an investable asset class, says Rawdon Briggs, Colliers International’s new rural & agribusiness chief, with Chinese capital also waiting in the wings.

CITIC Agri Fund readies $2.65bn war chest for further takeovers

A portfolio company of the Chinese giant will be tasked with managing Dow’s Brazilian assets, which CITIC’s agri unit just bought for $1.1bn in a bid to “become global.”

Boom in global protein production ‘to pressure margins’

Trade expansion could provide further impetus for consolidation, with Asian demand feeding through exports growth in Brazil and the US, research suggests.

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