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Maersk Growth backs third food waste start-up

Venture partner Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen tells Agri Investor that over the long-term, Spoiler Alert’s unsold food inventory data could facilitate inter-regional trade in items nearing their expiration dates.

Maersk enters Finistere’s grain storage-focused $6.5m Series A

As it strives to become a more diversified logistics provider, 114-year-old Maersk hopes to learn from entrepreneurs by becoming a 'credible' investor, says Maersk Growth venture partner Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen.

More VC/PE collaborations on agtech roll-ups likely: Finistere

Mergers like Bayer/Monsanto and Dow/DuPont have increased investors’ attention on consolidation opportunities in the sector.

Planfarm relaunches $250m agri fund amid ‘very strong’ season for WA wheat belt

Western Australian Farm Investment Fund is targeting 13.5% IRR but has received little interest from domestic superannuation funds.

Food service robot nets $11m

Chowbotics’ founder Deepak Sekar tells Agri Investor why the US robot provider has focused on health and wellness over labor replacement.

Taranis acquires ag aerial imagery company as sector ‘roll-up’ kicks off

Ofir Schlam, chief financial officer at the Finistere Ventures portfolio company, tells Agri Investor the transaction shows start-ups can also benefit from inorganic growth.

€120m AfricInvest venture fund to back agtech startups

The vehicle targets family offices, DFIs, corporates and foundations as it eyes a first close by the end of the year, VC chief Selma Ribica tells Agri Investor.

Paine Schwartz adds ex-Monsanto exec as operating director

Rick Greubel joins the food and agribusiness-focused firm while it continues to develop its $300m-$400m earlier-stage vehicle.

Ripple Foods nets $65m from Goldman Sachs, Euclidian, Fall Line

Co-founder Neil Renninger tells Agri Investor of a surge of investor interest in food-tech that has seen lines between private equity and venture capital blur.

Open Prairie reaches $55m first close

Founder Jim Schultz tells Agri Investor that the $100m vehicle’s focus on upstream investments comes after his determination that agtech has become 'a little bit over-invested'.

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