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Capital – Driving Consolidation in the Food Industry

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Touch the Soil News #665 (Feature Photo – NASDAQ electronic board CCA 2.0) The NASDAQ Stock Market (National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations) provides detailed information about public companies, including who the major “institutional” investors are. You can go to almost any large public corporation and find out that most of the largest stockholders are part of a small circle of some 100 “institutional” investors. Institutional investors are companies that manage other people’s money, whether it is pension funds, monies from the world’s richest people, or wealthy nations. When you look at big corporations – like General Mills – you recognize that behind the scenes big capital is doing…

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Does the Macadamia Nut Market Have a Message for the World?

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Touch the Soil News #295 First, a few words about Macadamia nuts. Macadamia nuts are the seeds of the macadamia tree. To establish a Macadamia orchard is no simple task. A Macadamia tree does not start reaching full commercial production of seeds (nuts) until it is 12-15 years old. However, once it is producing it can give seeds for 100 years. Macadamia trees are fragile and susceptible to frost, blown over in high winds due to their shallow roots and susceptible to root diseases. Now, have you noticed how high the price is for Macadamia nuts in the grocery store? Prices can range from $15 a pound upwards to over…

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