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Urban farming firm iFarm Project secures $1m seed funding

Head of Europe Yury Fedorov says the company was one of the first to use LED lighting on a commercial scale, touting its farms as up to 95% more efficient than conventional ones.

EU organic farmland area up 25%, in line with global trend

The global market for organic food is estimated at over €80bn and forecast to grow, despite high production risks.

Cerea Partenaire acquires majority stake in ICKO Apiculture

The investment from the €225m Cerea Capital II fund to acquire a majority stake in ICKO will enable the beekeeping equipment supplier to expand globally and extend its research and development operations.

New €30m fund created to provide low-cost loans to French farmers and agri businesses

The European Investment Fund and the Regional Council of Nouvelle-Aquitaine are launching a guarantee vehicle to modernize the agriculture sector in the region and capitalize on the trend towards organic production.

DOB Equity invests in Ten Senses Africa amid growing demand for organic nuts

The impact investor plans to capitalize on the burgeoning fair-trade market by increasing the African producer’s trading volumes, margins and product lines.

Butterfly adds farm-to-table chain to sustainability portfolio

Modern Market hopes to funnel demand toward sustainable farmers, ranchers and suppliers as it adds to its 28 US locations, its co-chief executive tells Agri Investor.

French GP buys country’s largest organic wholesaler in €150m deal

Céréa Partenaire used its €225m Capital II fund to buy acquire Organic Alliance alongside three co-investors.

Paine Schwartz-backed Global ID acquires Italian organic certifier

The company’s purchase of Bioagricert follows its addition of a Brazilian food safety lab in August.

Arlon-backed Door to Door shuts its doors

The portfolio company cites 'recent events in our industry', which a regional competitor suggests likely refers to Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods in August.

Pipeline Foods expands Missouri organic soy facility

The AMERRA Capital Management-backed company continues assembling its organic grains and oils supply chain as Rabobank reports that domestic supply is “struggling to catch up” with demand.
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