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Chris Janiec

Chris Janiec is a reporter with Agri Investor. Based in New York, Janiec coordinates coverage of private investment into global food and agriculture with colleagues in London and Greece. Previously, Janiec covered non-bank capital markets for PEI’s Private Debt Investor, taught international relations and US foreign policy at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing and worked as an analyst of petroleum and shipping markets in New York.

Fragmented food distribution market attracts PE: report

Brown Gibbons Lang & Company director Daniel Gomez says firms that have historically avoided food investments are 'dipping their toes in the market.'

Paine Schwartz adds former Cargill exec as operating director

Peter Hawthorn is a former vice-president of corporate strategy with the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant.

Arlon and Rabo-backed Boulder Food Group closes second fund above $100m

Managing partner Dayton Miller says the firm’s association with 'smart money' has provided comfort to investors and helped create an exchange of dealflow.

Farmland rental platform nets $8.25m in Series A

Tillable co-founder Corbett Kull says the platform is already connecting growers and institutional landowners.

Westchester hires ex-BlackRock exec as portfolio manager

Skye Macpherson left the New York headquartered asset manager earlier this year and will focus on the Nuveen subsidiary’s proprietary research and analytics, developing new investment products and expanding its ESG investment process.

Bezos family office among group injecting $30m into mayo alternative

Elio Leoni Sceti, co-founder of lead investor The Craftory, says the investment into NotCo reflects a strategy designed to harness a 'seismic shift' in the relationship between brands and consumers over the past five years.

The uncontrollable known

Ag fund managers are hoping for resolution of US-China trade tensions. The savviest will prepare for them to get better and worse.

Hancock expects to re-open timber and farmland fund in 2019

The $706m Hancock Timberland and Farmland Fund has backed a number of acquisitions, say portfolio managers.

Pipeline Foods buys SunOpta’s organic corn, soy business for $66.5m

The deal expands Pipeline’s network of suppliers and customers as well as its distribution network for grains and oilseeds, says chief executive Eric Jackson.

OTPP elevates natural resources exec to director

Christopher Metrakos has held an energy-focused position within the C$193bn pension’s natural resources unit since 2014.

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