Blacks Harbour NB, Canada: The Cooke family has completed the purchase of Icicle Seafoods, Inc and is pleased to have been able to work with AGR Partners, an investment firm dedicated to long-term, non- controlling equity investments in the food and agriculture value-chain, as a minority partner.
The purchase includes Icicle’s three business units, which harvest and process over 150,000 metric tonnes of seafood annually: wild salmon, groundfish and farmed Atlantic salmon.
With a worldwide network of cold storage and distribution facilities, Cooke will offer a large portfolio of seafood protein from the ocean – both farmed and wild – to a broad base of customers in the global marketplace.
AGR Partners, a provider of minority equity and subordinated debt to food and agribusiness companies, announces a new partnership and a significant growth capital investment in Georgia-based Almark Foods.
Almark Foods is a leading provider of hard-boiled, peeled eggs to retailers, convenience stores, restaurant chains and salad manufacturers nationwide. Founded in Gainesville, Ga., in 1979, Almark has expanded to three facilities which produce a variety of egg products including peeled and ready-to-eat hard-cooked eggs, frozen diced eggs, deviled egg kits and colored Easter eggs.
“This is a significant strategic partnership for Almark Foods and we’re very pleased to have the support of AGR Partners,” said Don Stoner, president of Almark. “AGR’s long-term vision for the business is consistent with and complementary to our ESOP employee ownership model, and their investment enables us to accelerate our expansion plans in order to serve our customers’ needs.”Read More
Investment firm AGR Partners is moving its headquarters to Davis to be closer to the food and agriculture hub around the University of California Davis.
The company is now based in Visalia and has an office in Chicago.
AGR invests internationally in food and agriculture companies. Since launching two years ago, AGR has made $150 million in investments, and it has access to $650 million in deployable funds, said managing partner Ejnar Knudsen. It invests on behalf of insurance companies and institutional investors.
AGR Partners was busy last week in announcing the opening of its Chicago office and the completion of investments in two additional companies.
The two newly announced investments are with 3D Corporate Solutions, Monett, Mo, in the food ingredients and pet food industry and Tru-Test Limited operating in the dairy and livestock industry out of New Zealand.
AGR Partners is not looking at farmland investment at this time, Knudsen noted, but opening a new office in Chicago is part of the company’s plan to expand its national coverage from a central U.S. location.Read More
A California equity firm hopes to invest in fresh produce companies. Visalia, Calif.-based AGR Partners recently opened a Chicago office to expand its national coverage and to explore new opportunities in produce and other food and agribusiness companies, said Ejnar Knudsen, a managing partner in the firm.Read More
AGR Partners, a private equity firm dedicated to food and agribusiness, has acquired a non-controlling equity stake in the dry yellow corn milling company SEMO Milling, LLC.
SEMO operates the southern-most commercial dry yellow corn mill in the United States in Scott City, Missouri. The site is positioned on the banks of the Mississippi River and serviced directly by two major railways (Burlington Northern Sate Fe and the Union Pacific).Read More
Opal Foods, an entity created by AGR Partners in association with Rose Acre Farms and Weaver Brothers, has purchased Moark’s Midwest egg production assets.
Opal Foods expects annual revenues to exceed $200 million with its operations in Missouri and Colorado, as well as a new cage-free farm in Neosho. Many of the farms purchased were recently renovated to comply with California’s future production standards, and some will be among the most modern in the country.Read More
Could the world be facing “peak salmon”?
Strong demand and slowing production growth have sent prices to record highs, making life good for salmon farmers.
“The elimination of bottlenecks will only bring you marginal supply growth,” says Ejnar Knudsen at AGR Partners, a California-based private equity group with a food and agriculture focus. He sees future production capacity being limited to slightly more than 3m tonnes, just 14 per cent higher than it is now.Read More