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VC-backed Freight Farms grows into new markets, moves HQ

The Spark portfolio company is venturing into new business channels as demand grows for indoor farming produce.

Agri investment needed to ‘root out poverty’

Instead of being ‘poverty traps,’ rural areas can drive economic growth in developing countries, the FAO says.

FAO calls for investment to fight antimicrobial resistance ‘throughout the food chain’

The organization reckons the issue is an increasingly serious threat to public health and food production.

Private equity-backed Protix acquires Fair Insects

The deal, completed just three months since the company raised €45m, will enable the Dutch firm to expand by adding mealworms, crickets and locusts to its portfolio.

LPs seek direct exposure to organic supply chain

Eric Jackson, chief executive at AMERRA-linked Pipeline Foods, tells Agri Investor that he expects to bring in at least one direct institutional investor by the end of next year.

‘Brazil poised to become magnet for US exporters’

Agriculture demand is set to soar as Brazil’s 21 million middle-class households become increasingly health-conscious, according to the USDA.

Brynwood Partners exits healthy snacks JV with sale

The consumer-focused firm has divested Back to Nature for $162.5m, ending a partnership formed with Mondelez International in 2012.

Agriculture Capital names asset management chief amid fundraise

The Equilibrium Capital affiliate is currently seeking $400m in support of a strategy focused on blueberries, citrus and hazelnuts.

PE firm bets on converting dairy waste into energy

Houston-based EIV Capital’s $47m investment in AMP Americas will support plans to expand production of biogas using dairy waste as a feedstock.

Asia’s antibiotics binge ‘threatening returns’

Poor food safety standards and breakneck growth at Chinese mega-farms could impact companies’ bottom lines and cause reputational damage, an investor group warns.

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