Ag Trends and Outlook

  • Mellinger’s Minutes: Executives in Transition

    Non-Traditional Player Alert - Top Talent - I was contacted this morning by a former senior government figure seeking her next role in the agriculture sector. She had a sense that there may be dynamic and novel types of board and management roles to be found among investors, private equity, venture capital, and agtech non-traditional players w

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  • Mellinger’s Minutes: AgTech Trends – Asia

    AgTech trends - I've been traveling the last two weeks meeting with agricultural stakeholders. Japanese agtech firms are proliferating to meet the demographic and productivity challenges of farming in Japan, and they wish to offer their solutions across Asia, and the world. I met with firms with robotics technologies for handling delicate f

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  • Boston AgTech Innovation Spotlight: American Robotics

    As a lead up to GAI AgTech Week 2017, the GAI team thought it would be interesting to tell you about some of the local agtech players we've been meeting during our planning of this third annual agtech event, which will take place in Boston in June. American Robotics Reese Mozer Founder & CEO American Robotics is a drone develop

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  • Boston AgTech Innovation Spotlight: Freight Farms

    As a lead up to GAI AgTech Week 2017, the GAI team thought it would be interesting to tell you about some of the local agtech players we've been meeting during our planning of this third annual agtech event, which will take place in Boston in June. Freight Farms Brad McNamara CEO and Co-founder Freight Farms manufactures high-volum

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  • Mellinger’s Minutes: Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) entities by Traditional Agribusiness

    The steady increase in Non Traditional Players (NTP’s) becoming involved with farmland, animal production, infrastructure, and mid-stream assets is a regular fixture of my reporting. Equally significant are efforts by traditional agriculture and food players to be more nimble, entrepreneurial, and engaged in AgTech and FoodTech trends. By es

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  • A Tale of Two Craft Beer Markets

    The U.S. craft beer market has grown by leaps and bounds, evidenced by the number of breweries rising from dozens in the 1980s to more than 5,000 as of 2016, according to stats cited in Fortune. While some reports suggest growth in the U.S. craft beer market may have plateaued, craft brewers hunting growth have set their sights on Asia for exp

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  • France’s Roquette Invests $300M to Build World’s Largest Pea Protein Factory

    In a move that reflects the growth potential for plant-based proteins, French specialty ingredient supplier, Roquette, is investing C$400 million (US$300 million) - the largest pea protein investment made in the food sector to date, to build the world’s largest pea processing facility in Canada. "This is one of the largest private sector

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  • Midwestern Dairy Farmers Hunting Margin Could Spur M&A

    The past couple of years have delivered blockbuster deals in the agriculture sector, however, consolidation is not limited to only the major players. In recent weeks, dairy cooperatives Prairie Farms Dairy and Swiss Valley Farms unveiled plans to merge, creating a combined entity that is expected to generate $3 billion-plus in annual sales. An

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  • BREXIT: What’s In Store For UK Agriculture?

    On June 23, 2016, voters in the United Kingdom channeled Groucho Marx and decided to leave a club that actually wanted them as a member. Although the National Farmers Union officially favored remaining in the EU, a significant majority of farmers (in some polls almost 60 percent) wanted to leave. This sets up a fascinating conundrum: how can v

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  • Shipping Containers to Revolutionize Fresh Food Production

    Australian ag-tech startup Sprout Stack is preparing to open its second round of capital in a bid to raise further funding prior to commercializing its automated fresh food production units in early 2017. Designed to revolutionize the way in which fresh produce is grown and distributed, the Sprout Stack unit is a standard intermodal shipping c

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