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Market insiders warn of a bubble as the majors rush to build businesses capable of integrating data across the supply chain.
The Equilibrium Capital affiliate is currently seeking $400m in support of a strategy focused on blueberries, citrus and hazelnuts.
San Francisco-based Plenty has raised $200m from Japan’s SoftBank Group and other high-profile investors in what it calls ‘the largest agriculture technology investment in history’.
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With support from the IFC, Rabobank and other lenders, the Argentine soy exporter will be able to boost crushing capacity and build a new grain port at its Timbues plant.
The $100m investment in FKS Food and Agri aims to bolster the company’s logistics and processing operations for both domestic and wider South-East Asian markets.
Located north of Perth with its own water resource and easy access to the Dampier gas pipeline, the 6,679-hectare property has already drawn interest from private equity investors within a week of being put on the block.
Having reduced its debt burden by divesting nearly 50% of Glencore Agri last year, the Swiss commodities giant is looking to expand into the US agri sector.
The poultry producer’s Western Australian expansion will involve relocating existing facilities and selling 40 hectares of land in Wanneroo.
Phillip Cummins, QIC’s global private equity principal, explains how the Australian investment manager is rethinking agribusiness, how it mitigates weather and commodity risk and why it would consider investing in water.
Greg Hennenfent has joined the farmland investing firm to help pursue private equity investments across the agribusiness value chain after stints with Starr Investment Holdings, Agricole and the CME Group.

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