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AGR Partners investing in ag from new Chicago office

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.

Equity firm looks to produce investments

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.

SEMO Milling Case Study

AGR Partners Purchases Stake in SEMO Milling. Read about SEMO Milling and the highlights of the investment.

AGR Partners Provides Growth Capital and Minority Equity to SEMO Milling

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).

Opal Foods Case Study

Opal Foods: The Purchase of Moark Assets. Read about the Opal Foods company profile, investment highlights, and AGR value proposition.

Slow supply growth raises ‘peak salmon’ fears

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.

US private equity execs travel to Chile with $100m for salmon deals

Executives from US private equity AGR Partners are travelling down to Chile next week, with plans to invest in the country’s struggling salmon sector.

The California-based investment firm, backed by a US pension fund, has between $20 million to $100m to spend on the right opportunity, Ejnar Knudsen, its managing member and a former Rabobank executive, told Undercurrent News.

Private Equity Fund Sees All the Right Drivers in Seafood

Knudsen was previously part of the management team at Western Milling, a California-based diversified feed company. His interest in the seafood sector reaches back to around a year and half ago. The more he researched the industry, the more he was convinced AGR needed to be in the space with the industry’s key drivers.

“I looked at it and said, ‘I want to invest more in these animal proteins that have this high growth rate and upside ‘Superfood’ optionality,’” he said.

Ridley Corporation Case Study

AGR Purchases 19.5% of Ridley Corporation: Read about Ridley and some highlights of the investment.

AGR purchases 19.5% stake in Ridley Corp.

A California-based private equity fund has purchased a 19.5% stake in Australia-based Ridley Corp.

The stock feed and rendering business said it understood that AGR Partners — a private equity fund set up last year and professing a long-term approach to investment in agriculture — bought the stake from long-term holder GPG, which is in the process of winding down an international investment portfolio.