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Partnerships

Our biggest asset is that we build long-term relationships—we invest with like-minded partners who not only build great businesses, but give us a window into further opportunities.

We believe in cultivating lasting relationships with partners who share our commitment to creating value – because it takes great people to grow great companies. Our vision has been shaped by a legacy of more than 200 years of experience, yet with a dynamic spirit of continual reinvention that drives us to embrace new opportunities.

Key Partnerships

3G Capital

CGC and 3G share a strong value-creation focus and a desire to maximize the potential of brands and businesses by working in close partnership with the management teams of portfolio companies. Both CGC and 3G also place a strong emphasis on recruiting, developing and retaining top-tier talent to build great companies. Based on our common values, CGC became an investment partner of 3G and participated in their investment in Burger King (2010), the acquisition of H.J. Heinz Company (2013), the combination of Tim Hortons and Burger King to form Restaurants Brands International (2014), and the combination of H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group to form the Kraft Heinz Company (2015).

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Rabobank

Rabobank, headquartered in the Netherlands, is a leader in financing the global food and agriculture sector, and has provided more than €100 billion in loans to food and agriculture businesses worldwide. In 2009, CGC formed a joint venture with Rabobank – through Arlon – to make private equity investments and provide growth capital to companies in the food and agriculture field.

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JAB Holding Company

JAB Holding Company is a privately held group focused on long term investments in companies with premium brands, attractive growth dynamics, and strong value-creation potential. CGC has been an investment partner of JAB since 2014, as the firm built up a portfolio of leading brands in the coffee service and restaurant segments, including Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, JDE, Keurig Green Mountain, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and Panera Bread.

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Seaboard Corporation

In 1966, the business that is now known as Seaboard Corporation teamed with CGC to purchase a flour mill in Ecuador. Our relationship with Seaboard now extends to several joint ventures across Latin America and the Caribbean. Over the years, Seaboard has created a network of integrated, service-oriented companies with roots in grain and agricultural products, including Seaboard Foods, a major U.S. pork producer; Seaboard Marine transportation services; and Butterball turkey products.

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C.P. Group

CGC’s relationship with Charoen Pokphand Group (C.P. Group) dates back several decades. In 1981, C.P. Group and Continental Grain created the first animal feed and husbandry joint venture in China. Now known as Conti Chia Tai International, this venture has played a vital role in modernizing China’s agricultural sector.

First started in Thailand, C.P. Group is now one of the world’s leading conglomerates. A global leader and innovator in the agriculture and food industries, C.P Group has also expanded to areas such as retail and distribution, telecommunications and media, e-commerce, property development, automotive, finance and insurance, and pharmaceuticals.

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Hoopp

As one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) provides retirement security to more than 339,000 healthcare workers in Ontario. In 2017, CGC sold a minority stake in Wayne Farms to HOOPP to accelerate strategic growth.

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VR Investments

VR Investments is a Brazilian family‐owned firm that invests in private and public equity across a range of sectors, regions, and asset classes. VR Investments partnered with CGC to establish Arlon, and its focus is to develop businesses and enduring partnerships through its long‐term investment horizon.

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Temasek

Temasek is a globally diversified investment company headquartered in Singapore. CGC and Temasek share a commitment to developing sustainable long‐term value, investing over generations.

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Investment Principles

Sharp sector focus

CGC’s investments and operations are concentrated in the global food and agricultural section, building on more than 200 years of experience and insight. This unique perspective allows us to identify investment opportunities, help our portfolio companies achieve operational excellence, and unlock the value of great companies.

Permanent capital

Our solid base of permanent capital differentiates CGC from most investors, and allows us to be a true long-term partner. Co-investors and portfolio company management teams can be assured that we have the patience to support the growth of businesses over years – or even generations.

Value investing

CGC invests in businesses where our industry know-how and fundamental analysis indicate the potential for long-term value. We want to invest in companies that have a compelling vision, a competitive advantage, and the “right to win” in their industry, sector or region.

Talented people

The core building block for everything we do is people. Our organization has been built to attract and nurture smart, entrepreneurial, resourceful people – and to provide a collaborative environment that enables them to cultivate their potential.