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How Consumer Demand

For Change Is Creating Global Agribusiness Investment Opportunities


Private Equity Investing
In Agribusiness-Related Companies




Robert Hodgen

Managing Director

AMERRA Capital Management LLC



Thursday, July 27, 2017

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

New York City






Crowe Horwath


Korn Ferry


Chrystalle H. Anstett, Eaton Partners LLC

Sarah Ashmore Bradley, Kainos Capital LP

Mary L. Burke, Lakeshore Food Advisors LLC

Mark Cotter, Food Group Inc.

Matthew A. Craig, Tufts University

Reinett Erkan, International Finance Corp.

Benjamin D. Fishman, Arlon Group LLC

Kostis Glavas, Andromeda Group

Peter Golbitz, Agromeris

Alisa Gravitz, Green America

Wolfgang Heinricy, Mercon Coffee Group

Jorgen Horntvedt, Biomega AS

Eric H. Jackson, Pipeline Foods LLC

Geoff Krug, Albourne Partners Ltd.

Noelle Laing, Cambridge Associates LLC

Adam Lawrence, Crowe Horwath LLP

Michael McDevitt, Terra's Kitchen LLC

Elizabeth Reaves, Sustainable Food Lab

Frank W. Stanton, Fred Alger Management Inc.

Diane Stevenson, Sugaright (Division of CSC Sugar LLC)

Suzanne Strassburger, Chief Executive Officer, Strassburger Steaks LLC

Spencer Swayze, Paine Schwartz Partners LLC

Thor A. Talseth, Amerra Capital Management LLC

David Tze, Aquacopia Capital Management LLC

Faculty | Schedule | Registration | Location | Sponsorship | Audio Package |

More and more private capital is flowing into the agribusiness sector. Historically, agribusiness has been considered an “alternative” or “niche” asset class by institutional investors. The sector is increasingly becoming a defined allocation within the portfolios of sophisticated forward-looking investors.


This evolution and acceptance of the sector is driven by a number of exciting changes,
including --

  • Consumers’ focus on transparency and sustainability -- Demand for organic and non-GMO foods was just the first phase of the trend. Now consumers want to know exactly where the products come from, how they were processed, and -- in the case of animals and fish -- how they were raised.
  • Change in consumers’ purchasing preferences -- More people -- especially millennial consumers -- are buying groceries online. Shopping for groceries online is expected to grow five-fold over the next decade. As these points of consumer interaction evolve, the agribusiness supply chain must adapt as well.
  • Growth in seafood and aquaculture -- Seafood is increasingly becoming the protein of choice around the globe. Over the last decade, beef consumption has dropped over 20% per capita, and aquaculture is poised to fill the global population’s steadily rising demand for a protein rich diet. Yet, the aquaculture sector is highly fragmented at every level and can be difficult for new investors to learn.


Register now to gain insights as our 21 expert speakers explore these and other trends in investing in agribusiness-related companies when you attend The Capital Roundtable’s full-day conference on “Private Equity Investing in Agribusiness-Related Companies,” on Thursday, July 27, in New York City.


Click here -- to hear over 20 speakers address such key points as --

  • What do valuations look like in each of the various agribusiness sub-sectors?
  • How is the consumer focus on transparency and sustainability reshaping the agribusiness sector, and creating new opportunities for investors?
  • Is aquaculture investing only about the salmon industry? What is the outlook for the broader aquaculture sector?
  • What segments in agribusiness offer the most attractive investment opportunities, both in the short-term and in the long-run?
  • What are some innovative ways agribusiness companies are meeting increased demand for protein, and what are some attractive entry points for investors?
  • How are immigration and labor policies introduced by the new federal administration affecting agribusiness investing?
  • How has increased international interest in agribusiness by sovereign wealth funds and multifamily offices impacted agribusiness companies?
  • What is the investment outlook for organic and natural products as mainstream retailers such as Walmart and Costco increase these offerings and force prices down?
  • How is anti-trade rhetoric and changes to NAFTA and TPP impacting investments in agribusiness?
  • What are the potential advantages and drawbacks of asset-light models for private equity investors?
  • Does investing in agribusiness mean the investor is taking on commodity price risk?

Click here to receive our best rate -- a savings of $400 on our regular conference rates!


Register Now to Join Robert Hodgen,

And 20 Other Industry Experts


Robert Hodgen of AMERRA Capital Management manages the investment process related to private equity opportunities within the firm. He joined AMERRA in 2015 with a strong foundation in executive leadership, risk management, domestic and international logistics, and business development within the feed and grain industry.

His background is built over 18+ years in a variety of strategic and functional leadership roles, first with Cargill Animal Nutrition and then J. D. Heiskell & Co. At the time of his departure from Heiskell, he oversaw a diverse team of 200+ individuals located in multiple states that collectively generated in excess of $1.5 billion in annual sales revenue and handled over two million tons a year of various physical commodities.

Raised on a grain and beef cattle farm in Indiana, he holds a BS in animal science from Oklahoma State University and an MBA with concentrations in finance and management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Robert is a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program (Class 36) and past director of the National Grain and Feed Association. He currently acts as a director of both Norbest and Pipeline Foods and serves on the Oklahoma State University Animal Science Alumni Advisory Board.


Three Reasons You Should Join Us


  1. Find out why more and more LPs and corporate investors are allocating capital to the agribusiness sector.
  2. Learn how well different agribusiness business models lend themselves to private equity investments.
  3. Learn common errors made by new agribusiness investors.


Recent Middle-Market Agribusiness Deals


  • Platte River Equity's investment in Profile Products, a Buffalo Grove-based company that makes hydraulically applied erosion control technologies.
  • KKR's acquisition of an 18% stake in Fujian Sunner Development Corp., a publicly-listed Chinese chicken processor.
  • Thomas McNerney & Partners' investment in SG Biofuels, an agricultural biotech company that develops technology for the renewable fuel, biomass, and chemical markets.
  • AMERRA Capital’s acquisition of Andromeda, a market leader in the Mediterranean Seabass and Seabream industry.
  • The acquisition bv Baring Private Equity Asia, Hopu Investments, and Boyu Capital of the poultry arm of COFCO Group, a Chinese state-owned agricultural business.
  • Paine & Partners’ acquisition of the Global ID Group, a market leading platform dedicated to providing food safety and food quality solutions.
  • iSelect Fund Management's acquisition of Benson Hill Bisystems, an agricultural biotech company in North Carolina.
  • Tillridge Global Agribusiness Partners’ equity funding of Campo Rico Fertilizers, a Brazilian fertilizer importer and distributor.
  • Catalyst Investors' investment in BrightFarms, a New York-based company that finances, builds, and operates greenhouse farms at or near supermarkets and grocery retailers.
  • Arlon Group's investment in Sotran SA Logistica e Transporte, a logistics service provider to agribusiness companies in Brazil.
  • J.W. Childs' investment in California-based Cerise Vineyards, including the Demuth and Knez vineyards.
  • ShoreView Industries' acquisition of a majority stake in Edstrom Industries, a designer and manufacturer of automated watering and monitoring systems for animals.
  • Denver-based Lariat Partners' investment in Willowood USA, a maker of generic crop protection products, including herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, PGRs, and spray adjuvants.

Register Now to Form Valuable Contacts
With Colleagues & Professionals


This Capital Roundtable conference is the ideal place to expand your network and open up pathways to future deals. The day’s agenda includes ample time to let you --

  • Meet fellow attendees and featured speakers
  • Enhance your personal database with valuable new connections
  • Share both ideas and business cards
  • Meet potential investment partners and clients

Keep in mind this conference is certain to fill up quickly, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Sarah Burd today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


 Who Should Attend


Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, BDC, and Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants,
& Other Advisors Who Support Them.




We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, July 27.


Conference Organizers


This conference is being produced by The Capital Roundtable, America’s leading conference organization focusing on “need-to-know” information for professionals in the middle-market private equity community.  For more information about The Capital Roundtable’s 25 annual conferences and other events and programs, please visit




 Speaking & Business Development Opportunities


We offer excellent speaking, marketing, and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 or by email at




Have a Question?


Please contact Sarah Burd at or 212-832-7300 ext. 0.




Who We Are


This Capital Roundtable conference in midtown, New York City, is all-business, all-targeted, all-designed to be a completely focused day of practical information and revealing insights about agribusiness-related companies. You’ll gain valuable insights from --

  • Three informative panel discussions
  • Two revealing keynote presentations
  • Real-world perspectives from agribusiness investors
  • Industry outlooks from noted sector experts
  • War stories and lessons learned from experienced hands
  • Intelligence on managing portfolio companies from well-known GPs

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Chaired By

  • Robert Hodgen, Managing Director, AMERRA Capital Management LLC


Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable


  • Chrystalle H. Anstett, Managing Director, Eaton Partners LLC
  • Sarah Ashmore Bradley, Partner, Kainos Capital LP
  • Mary L. Burke, Partner, Lakeshore Food Advisors LLC
  • Mark Cotter, Chief Executive Officer, Food Group Inc.
  • Matthew A. Craig, Investment Officer, Tufts University
  • Reinett Erkan, Environmental & Social Specialist, International Finance Corp.
  • Benjamin D. Fishman, Managing Principal, Arlon Group LLC
  • Kostis Glavas, Executive Board Member, Andromeda Group
  • Peter Golbitz, President & CEO, Agromeris
  • Alisa Gravitz, President & CEO, Green America
  • Wolfgang Heinricy, Dir.--Marketing & Sustainability, Mercon Coffee Group
  • Jorgen Horntvedt, Chief Executive Officer, Biomega AS
  • Eric H. Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Pipeline Foods LLC
  • Geoff Krug, Sr. Analyst--Investment Due Diligence, Albourne Partners Ltd.
  • Noelle Laing, Managing Dir.--Mission-Related Investing, Cambridge Associates LLC
  • Adam Lawrence, Audit Partner, Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Michael McDevitt, Chief Executive Officer,Terra's Kitchen LLC
  • Elizabeth Reaves, Program Dir.-- Agriculture & Environment, Sustainable Food Lab
  • Frank W. Stanton, V.P.--Marketing, Fred Alger Management Inc.
  • Diane Stevenson, Dir.--Sustainability, Sugaright (Division of CSC Sugar LLC)
  • Suzanne Strassburger, Chief Executive Officer, Strassburger Steaks LLC
  • Spencer Swayze, Partner, Paine Schwartz Partners LLC
  • Thor A. Talseth, Managing Director, Amerra Capital Management LLC
  • David Tze, Principal, Aquacopia Capital Management LLC

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Networking & Registration & Breakfast


Welcoming Remarks & Audience Self-Introductions


Conference Chairman’s Introduction --

  • Robert Hodgen, AMERRA Capital Management LLC


Panel 1--

Agribusiness Is Gigantic & Vital --
Why Hasn’t It Attracted More Private Equity Investment?


Networking & Coffee


Morning Conversation --

Investing in Aquaculture -- 
The World's Fastest Growing Type of Protein 


Keynote & Discussion -- 

Mark Cotter, CEO, The Food Group
& Robert Hogden, Managing Director, AMERRA Capital Management


Networking & Luncheon  


Second Panel --

How Millennials’ Desire for Transparency & Sustainability 
Is Yielding New Opportunities for PE Investment in Agribusiness


Networking & Dessert


Afternoon Conversation --

Balancing Financial Returns vs. Social Responsibility -- 
The Role ESG & Impact Investing Play in Agribusiness 



Third Panel --

Rise of Organic, Non-GMO, Clean Label Food -- 
What Does Disruption to the Traditional Supply Chain 
Mean for Private Equity Investment?


Networking & Adjournment









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Space at this conference is limited, so register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Sarah Burd today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


Please note that The Capital Roundtable limits the number of registrants from a single firm to three.


  • Best Rate -- Early Registration -- Save $400 off the standard fee of $1495 when you register by Friday, June 2. Just $1095.


  • Incentive Registration -- save $200 off the standard fee!
    Register by Monday,  June 23, and the fee for the conference is $1295.


  • Conference Rate -- $1,495 increasing to $1,595 day of conference, space permitting.


  • Group Rate -- $995 each, when you register two or more people to attend from the same company.


Register Now


You can pay by credit card (using the links above) or by check. Mail your check and business card to: The Capital Roundtable, 747 Third Avenue, Suite 200, New York, NY 10017.

Have a special question? Please contact Sarah Burd at or 212-832-7300 ext 0.


From time to time, for reasons beyond Capital Roundtable's control, program schedules and speakers become subject to change.  We make every effort to announce substantive changes by email to registrants at least 48 hours in advance.

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  • Midtown, NYC

    Details provided upon registration

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Audio Package

Can't attend but want to hear the program? You can buy the audio package along with the handouts. Purchase the audio package online now.

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We offer excellent marketing and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 ext.117, or by email at

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