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FieldIn Raises $4M to Advance the Management of Pesticide Usage

  • FieldIn Raises $4M to Advance the Management of Pesticide Usage

    January 11, 2018

    Israeli agtech startup FieldIn announced that it has successfully raised $4 million to advance its technology to monitor and control pesticide usage. The fundraising was co-led by Gal Ventures and Germin8 Ventures, and included existing investor Terra Ventures as well as international angel investors and the Israel Innovation Authority - t

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  • Cibus Fund Acquires 1,000-Plus Acre Australian Almond Orchard

    January 10, 2018

    London-based ADM Capital Europe LLP has made its first acquisition of an Australian asset through its Cibus Fund, acquiring a 1,000-plus acre fully mature almond orchard in the district of Sunraysia in the state of Victoria through a deal backed by Rabobank. This investment is the third for the Cibus Fund, which has raised $150 million to

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  • Sonoma Brands Closes $60M Fund, Shifting From Incubation to Growth Equity

    January 10, 2018

    Sonoma Brands announced the closing of their second fund at $60 million, along with a shift in mission from incubation to making outside growth equity investments in exchange for minority stakes in innovative companies. Initially launched in January 2016, Sonoma Brands has been the vision of Jon Sebastiani - former managing partner of Wine

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  • Expert Commentary: Early-Stage Funding Gap in Agtech and How to Close It

    January 10, 2018

    by Brett Morris, Principal for TechAccel   Early in 2017 I was approached by several CEOs seeking additional funding for their startup. This is nothing out of the ordinary for venture professionals as we see hundreds of deals come across our desk annually. These conversations, however, were different from the previous year. Most of the ent

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  • Pacifico Aquaculture Acquired by California PE Firm

    January 9, 2018

    Los Angeles-based private equity firm Butterfly announced it has acquired Pacifico Aquaculture, an ocean-based aquaculture operation with a focus on sustainability, for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 2010 in Baja California Sur, Pacifico is the world’s leading and only producer of ocean-raised striped bass. The operation produces betw

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  • Inocucor’s Series B Raised by US$9.5M Through Second Close Led by Pontifax AgTech

    January 8, 2018

    Inocucor Technologies, a Montreal-based producer of sustainable microbial crop accelerators and biostimulants for high-value produce and row crops, announced a second close to its Series B funding round. Pontifax AgTech has led additional funding of US$9.5 million to bring the Series B to a new total of US$38.9 million Founded in 2014 i

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  • Ingredion Launches Incubator, Makes Leadership Changes

    January 8, 2018

    Global ingredient solutions business, Ingredion, announced it has launched Ingredion for Emerging Business, a U.S.-based incubator platform designed to drive growth for emerging food and beverage startups. Headquartered in Illinois, Ingredion uses grains, fruits, vegetables, and other plant feedstocks to make value-added ingredients, sweet

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  • 15 Minutes With… Deborah Perkins, Global Head of Food & Agribusiness at ING

    January 8, 2018

    ING, a global financial institution with more than 52,000 employees and banking services for customers in over 40 countries, today announced the appointment of Deborah Perkins as global head of its new Food & Agribusiness division. Perkins, who will be based in Amsterdam, has been charged with leading the growth and further development

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  • PE Partnership Establishes Beverage Platform, Acquires Sweet Leaf Tea, Tradewinds from Nestlé Waters NA

    January 6, 2018

    Consumer -focused private equity group Fireman Capital Partners (FCP) announced it has created a partnership with strategic beverage platform Dunn’s River Brands (DRB) to launch a beverage brand-building company. The partnership also has announced its first transaction - the acquisition of the Sweet Leaf Tea and Tradewinds businesses fro

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  • Expert Commentary: The Fallout of Rescinding the Obama Admin Marijuana Guidelines

    January 5, 2018

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded guidelines put in place by the Obama Administration that removed marijuana from the list of federal-level drug enforcement priorities. Moving forward, Sessions has expressed that it will now be up to the discretion of each U.S. attorney to decide to what extent issues surrounding marijuana will be l

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