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The right guy in Uruguay

Ag investors talk up Latin America’s potential, but the diablo is in the details. Here’s a strategy that seems to nail the main bits.

Italian ag fund backs chestnut leader in bid to build transformed-fruit platform

FAI has already deployed 60% of capital raised at first close as it progresses towards its €50m fundraising target.

When agriculture becomes infrastructure (and vice-versa)

Antin, a prominent infrastructure manager, has just acquired a live salmon transportation business. In what bucket should we put this asset?

Time for timberland managers to log out?

As the asset class grows ever more defensive, large investors seek to safeguard returns by squeezing out costs. But GPs still have good cards to play.

ATP branches out to drive performance

The $122bn Danish pension’s ‘infrastructure’ portfolio has more than doubled returns year-on-year. Here we zoom in on the timberland holdings that have helped push this growth.

Is Unigrains’ strategic-financial model a threat to PE?

Founded by France’s grain growers to promote their sub-sector, the firm remains something of a unique beast – for now.

Investors unfazed by transatlantic row over gene-editing

More emerging markets are likely to follow the US’s intent to ‘re-double’ efforts to develop the technology than Europe’s stringent regulatory stance unveiled last week, says Pontifax’s Ben Belldegrun.

Unigrains pre-empts auction to buy world’s largest maker of baking equipment

The French group will acquire a rare majority stake in Mecatherm for €120m in a bid to internationalize and strengthen its control over the grain value chain.

Why Paine Schwartz’s food safety company keeps gobbling up peers

Brad Riemenapp, chief executive of newly rebranded FoodChain ID, tells Agri Investor he expects the company will have doubled in size by the end of his first full year.

Italy’s first ag fund targets double-digit returns

IDeA Agro has raised around 80% of its €100m target from a clutch of institutional investors. MD Gianandrea Perco tells Agri Investor why he thinks a successor fund could be much bigger.

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