Supply chain management & LOGISTICS

Facilitating successful investments in the global farm-to-market supply chain

Our consultants offer advice and investment support services in locations and sectors that best suit agribusiness investors’ requirements.

We have expertise in multiple commodity sectors, including livestock (meat, dairy and fibre), horticulture, forestry, aquaculture and apiculture.

Our specialities include overseeing investments in primary and secondary production facilities, including the design, construction, upgrade/refurbishment and operation of:

♦ Meat, dairy and seafood processing plants

♦ Horticulture pack houses

♦ Grain processing plants

♦ Post-harvest storage facilities

♦ Honey extraction and packing plants

♦ Food manufacturing operations

Our services include undertaking investment feasibility studies, advising on and structuring investment vehicles and locating suitable farm properties and/or processing assets for purchase or partnering.

We are also able to:

♦ Provide assistance to meet foreign country investment requirements

♦ Develop business plans

♦ Facilitate sale and purchase and/or investment partnership agreements

♦ Recruit and train staff and development workforces

♦ Manage shipping logistics for products produced

♦ Provide independent directors or senior technical advisors

♦ Develop risk management plans

♦ Operate or supervise businesses on behalf of investors as a management services contractor

In every case, we work closely with local in-country teams and relevant Government agencies to ensure investments are secured by strong local operational capacity and community/Government support.

We also have significant experience in the Asia-Pacific region, through our subsidiary Nimmo-Bell & Associates.

Past work includes:

♦ Financial modelling, a market assessment and investment analysis as part of a feasibility study for a turnkey farm site for a private client in the United Arab Emirates to house and farm up to 48,000 head of sheep. The project linked strongly into Government-led national food security initiatives and the subsequent design, which we also prepared, included a water supply, energy requirements, access roading and all farm infrastructure. We also provided recommendations of market-based opportunities to develop the business profitably and sustainably.

♦ Independent assessment for the purchase and development of greenfield land in New Zealand for the purpose of viticulture and winemaking. This required the development of financial models for a range of options which proved essential in decision-making processes.

♦ Detailed investment analysis, including financial forecasts and valuation of a forestry grant, for an established forest on the East Coast of New Zealand in support of a syndication process. This included advising our client on relevant issues and management options, bringing credibility to the overall project.

♦ Assessing the financial viability of a meat by-products plant in New Zealand, including estimating the net benefits of a joint venture to supply raw material, process and export a high-value added meat product. Our analysis showed that reducing the scale of the proposed plant and utilising it more effectively would likely result in excellent returns.