February 1, 2017

Tech-led Transformation

Bruce Taylor founded Taylor Farms in 1995 with the vision to become North America’s favorite maker of salads and fresh foods. Under the direction of Taylor, a third generation farmer himself, the company grew its 21 fresh produce products in Salinas, CA, the town where Taylor was born and raised. Fast forward and today the company boasts over 2,000 prepared and raw food products sourced from 12 growing regions in North America. Supporting such a breadth of products has imbued the company and its employees with a sense of curiosity and an openness to what Taylor describes as “taking thoughtful risks” – which has been key to the company’s evolution into a multibillion dollar fresh produce company.

 
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February 1, 2017

What Lies Ahead for AgTech

THRIVE sat down with Matt Davis, SVG investment partner and THRIVE adviser to discuss his views on emerging technology trends in agriculture and why AgTech investment is a marathon and not a sprint. We cover the role of 'patient' capital in the sector, lessons learned from his experience as an investor in CleanTech,  and what investors can expect from the agtech space in 2017 and beyond.

 

February 1, 2017

The Future of Food

We had the chance to catch up with Kevin Murphy at Driscoll’s headquarters in advance of the forum to talk about how the company is proactively addressing labor and resource issues through innovation to deliver great tasting berries year-round. In its nearly 75 years of business, Driscoll’s Berries hasn’t wavered much from its vision to delight customers by offering a great tasting berry year round. The company’s success speaks for itself: every five years for the past twenty years, the company has doubled its footprint to include over 700 growers in 60 different countries.

 

Discover THRIVE TOP 50 List - 2017

 
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January 27, 2017

THRIVE Announces its 'Top 50' List

San Francisco, Jan. 16, 2017 – SVG Partners today announced its THRIVE Top 50 annual ranking of the 50 leading AgTech companies around the globe, honoring companies exemplifying the best in agriculture-focused innovation. Recognizing companies across 6 different domains within agriculture- biotechnology, connected devices, cloud services/SaaS, robotics and automation, big data & analytics, and supply chain & infrastructure- the list is a result of direction and input provided by SVG Partners corporate partners Verizon, the City of Salinas, Western Growers Association, Taylor Farms, Yamaha Motor Venture & Laboratory Silicon Valley, Driscoll’s Berries, Panasonic, JV Smith, and Wells Fargo.

 

January 20, 2017

Banking the common good

During his first week as head of CleanTech at Wells Fargo, Matt Servatius wrote out a check for $1m to Imagine H20; the check being one in a series of grants totaling $100m committed by Wells Fargo to the clean energy sector. Born out of the renewable power sector, CleanTech at Wells Fargo has put a total of $67bn to work across early stage, pre-revenue, venture and middle market and large public companies for the past 12 years. In 2016, Servatius’ team invested in AgTech for the first time. The $100,000 check was written to THRIVE, the global accelerator program scaling and investing in technology companies with solutions targeted for the agriculture sector.