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Organic Food and Agriculture

Triodos Investment Management sees the need and the opportunity to support businesses that play an important part in the transition towards a sustainable lifestyle and economy. European organic and sustainable consumer businesses are growing and reaching mature stages in their development. However, apart from venture capital and angel investors the capital markets are mostly characterised by a short term-focus which does not fit the long-term view of mission-driven companies. The Triodos Organic Growth Fund, established in January 2014 as a Sub-Fund of Triodos SICAV II, aims to fill this gap.

Triodos Organic Growth Fund

The Triodos Organic Growth Fund is an evergreen fund that focuses on providing long-term and mission-aligned private equity to leading, mature companies from the fast growing organic food and sustainable consumer products sector.

In 2015, Triodos Organic Growth Fund increased its volume of assets under management by 11.2% to EUR 32.6 million.

Triodos Groenfonds

In addition, Triodos Groenfonds financed approximately 7,700 hectares of organic farmland across Europe in 2015. This organically managed land could produce the equivalent of 6.2 million meals in 2015, or enough food to provide a sustainable diet for approximately 5,700 people.

Case Study

Since February 2014, Triodos Organic Growth Fund has held 20% of the shares in Aarstiderne A/S (Danish for ’the Seasons’). Aarstiderne is an organic box scheme company with 120 employees. Find out more about Aarstiderne and Triodos Organic Growth Fund’s involvement with it in the Impact chapter here.

Prospects

Triodos Organic Growth Fund anticipates growing its portfolio by adding three to four new investments in 2016. The fund currently targets investments in the range of EUR 2 to 6 million per investment. The aim is to have approximately 65% of the total net asset value invested at the 2016 year end.