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Monogram Capital Leads $10M Series B for Kidfresh

  • Monogram Capital Leads $10M Series B for Kidfresh

    April 29, 2017

    Kidfresh, a leading and rapidly growing brand of frozen meals targeted for kids, announced that it has closed on a significant $10 million Series B led by Monogram Capital Partners, and including AccelFoods and Emil Capital Partners, which previously led the company’s Series A in 2013. Founded in 2007 in New York by co-founders Matt Cohen

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  • Canada’s CPPIB Signals Retreat from Farmland; May Sell Portfolio

    April 29, 2017

    The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has declared it will pull back from farmland investments after pushback from local farmers has sparked a strategic reversal. And after conducting a review of operations, is open to the notion of selling its existing farmland portfolio, unnamed sources told Reuters. CPPIB was relatively late i

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  • Finistere Ventures Expanding Presence in Israel with Addition of Two Venture Partners

    April 27, 2017

    California-based agtech venture capital firm Finistere Ventures is expanding its presence into Israel with the addition of two venture partners in-country. In line with the firm’s determined global expansion, Finistere has brought on Gil Meron and Eyal Rosenthal to explore agtech investments and to strengthen its partnerships in what the

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  • Mitigating Risk in Agtech Investment

    April 27, 2017

    Content sponsored by Pontifax AgTech Written by Dr. Phil Erlanger Phil Erlanger is the Managing Partner of Pontifax AgTech, a growth capital investor in the global food and agriculture technology sector.   Despite the huge opportunities for growth and return on investment that it offers, the agriculture technology (agtech) se

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  • Powerplant Ventures Leads Funding Round for Beanfields Snacks

    April 26, 2017

    Plant-focused venture fund Powerplant Ventures, along with Mark Rampolla, a co-founder of Powerplant Ventures and of ZICO Coconut Water which was later acquired by Coca-Cola for $200 million in 2013, and Bruce Friedman, a media investor who is now transitioning toward investments in the health and wellness spaces, have acquired Beansfield Snac

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  • Tyson Foods Expands in Prepared Foods with $4.2B AdvancePierre Acquisition

    April 26, 2017

    Tyson Foods announced it has agreed to acquire AdvancePierre, a Cincinnati-based national producer and distributor of value-added ready to eat sandwiches, sandwich components, entrées and snacks, in a deal worth $4.2 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by the Boards of both companies, Tyson will acquire all o

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  • Takeaways from GAI NY 2017: Agtech Innovation and the Need to Connect the Dots

    April 25, 2017

    Investment dollars into food and agtech startups reached a record $4.6 billion in 2015 – double that of the previous year, according to AgFunder. In 2016, although investment dollars fell back to $3.2 billion, the number of deals increased by 10 percent, reaching a record 580. Although impressive, and resulting in breakthrough technologi

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  • Caisse de dépôt Launches $125M Ag Fund

    April 25, 2017

    Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) has launched Fonds agroalimentaire CDPQ – a new $125 million fund targeting investments in Québec’s agri-food industry. CDPQ is one of the leading institutional fund managers in Canada. With $270.7 billion in net assets as of December 31, 2016, la Caisse is a long-term institutional inve

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  • Milltrust Acquires Permanent Crop Aggregation, Cottrell Farms

    April 24, 2017

    Milltrust Agricultural Investments (MAI) announced the acquisition of Cottrell Farms – a collective of citrus, avocado, and wine and table grape orchards located in the Sunraysia region of Victoria, Australia, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition was made through the firm’s MAI Australia Buy & Lease Fund which was launched ear

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  • Unigrains Investment Provides Growth Capital to Sfoglia Torino

    April 24, 2017

    European agribusiness investor Unigrains has provided growth capital to Sfoglia Torino in support of that company’s strategic growth plan to consolidate the frozen puff pastry sector. With the help of the undisclosed investment, Sfoglia Torino was able to acquire 100 percent of Idea Quick Srl, an Italian frozen puff pastry producer. This

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