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Anterra Capital plans new food, agriculture fund, confirms UK food preservation deal

28 Oct 2013

agri_field_170sqAmsterdam-based Anterra Capital is launching a new food and agriculture focused fund with backing from Moonray Investors and Rabobank, while also announcing an initial investment into Food Freshness Technology Holdings.

The growth capital firm intends to invest in innovative companies to make the food and agriculture supply chain “safer, more efficient, and more sustainable”, Anterra said.

Anterra was formed through the spin-out of Rabobank’s venture capital investment team, Rabo Ventures.

Rabobank will remain a cornerstone investor in the firm, joined by new investor Moonray – the investment arm of FIL, parent company of Fidelity Worldwide Investment.

Managing director of Rabo Private Equity Fund Investments Lizette Sint said, “The global food system needs to be transformed in order to secure the long-term food supply.

“We believe innovation is a key requirement to make this transformation happen.

“We look forward to working with Moonray and Anterra as we build on the team’s investment strategy of driving that change.”

Along with the announcement of the fund launch, Anterra also said it had made its debut investment into FFT Holdings – a UK-based food preservation company whose technology locks away the natural plant ripening hormone ethylene gas in order to slow ripening and decaying of fresh produce.

FFT’s technology is available as a pad which can be inserted into fresh produce packaging.

Managing partner at Anterra Adam Anders said, “The food industry is increasingly seeking out new technologies to solve its growing issues.

“FFT is a prime example of an innovative company that has the potential to transform the global food supply chain.

“Rabobank’s F&A knowledge base and network, combined with the global investment experience of Moonray, give Anterra a unique perspective and edge in supporting the growth of companies like FFT.”

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