VCCircle Agri & Food Investment Summit 2014

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VCCircle Agri & Food Investment Summit 2014

Whether it’s a rural farmer, rural Indian, urban consumers or businesses, no one is been spared of rising prices. But how did things shape up so dismal for the food & agri industry? The simple answer is years of sharp negligence of agriculture & allied sectors in India, be it in the area of farm productivity, irrigation, seeds, food safety, cold storage capability & infrastructure, adequate research & the most talked about is food supply chain which is in dire shambles.

Now as India is heavily skewed towards adopting newer technologies, is the scenario changing? If yes then what is the future outlook in short term & long term for the Indian food & agri businesses? Which are the trending sectors in the agri oriented domain? Where are the investments flowing in and in which sub sectors of Indian agri & food space? Which allied sectors are coming out of the shelves with cutting edge innovative solutions?

To identify next big food & agri companies in the shattering food inflation environment and after witnessing the great previous successes of our past five editions, VCCircle is pleased to announce 6th edition of VCCircle Agri & Food Investment Summit 2014.

The summit will bring together 200+ top and emerging food & agri CEOs, government representatives, private equity fund managers, venture capitalists, companies, entrepreneurs, bankers, advisors and management consultants who are looking to do business in agri and food space.


8:30am - 9:30am
Tea, Networking & Registration

9:30am - 09:45am
Introductory Note

09:45am - 10:30am
Panel I: Boosting the farm input sector - Seeds, Fertilizers, Irrigation, Farm Equipments & animal Feed
With maiden government claiming to have taken agri-led businesses at the centre-stage, how will the policy initiatives including the states relooking at the APMC act, India’s GM crops policy and Food Safety Act affect on the farm input sector? Are there enough measures taken by regulatory bodies to improve soil health condition, stimulate scientific usage of seeds & pesticides, promote modern irrigation practices and disseminate high yield-disease resistant seeds? What are the necessary measures taken by finance institutions in improving access to flow of credit to the farmers and farmer-producer organizations? What can be done to encourage private participation in the farm inputs & animal feed space? Considering the interest in professionally managed cattle farms, how to meet the growing demand of high quality fodder? What are the innovations seen & challenges in catalyzing modern technology in the fields of inputs? How to strengthen the R&D infrastructure and bring in technology from around the world to boost farm inputs? Can concepts like Drift Irrigation, Precision agriculture help achieve the desired results?

Vikram Puri - CEO, Mahindra ShubhLabh Services Ltd
Mark Kahn - Founding Partner, Omnivore Partners
Peter Frykman - Founder and CEO, Driptech
Arvind Agrawal - Director, VNR Seeds Pvt Ltd
Shamender Sharma - Head Business Strategy, Khedut Agro Engineering Pvt Ltd
Girish Nadkarni - Partner, IDFC Private Equity (Moderator)

10:30am - 11:20am
Panel II: Scaling up warehousing, cold storages & agri-business supply chain logistics
Amid depressed margins and industry dominated by family run businesses, how are entrepreneurs backed by private investors turning around the sector? Are there enough proven business models and margins to draw capital for scaling up businesses? A long list of inhibitions chocking farm to fork network including fragmented supply chain; inadequate cold storage and warehousing facilities; transportation, distribution & last mile connectivity - how do we see solutions to all these bottlenecks and how will it complement the value chain at both ends? What are different innovative tools empowering supply chain management, controlled atmosphere systems? What are the challenges in attracting investments into cold-storage, refrigerated trucks and other modern logistics?

Sunoor Kaul - Director, Origo Commodities
Pankaj Joshi - CEO, Kelvin Cold Chain Logistics Pvt Ltd
Amith Agarwal - Executive Director, Star Agriwarehousing and Collateral Management Limited
Ananthan NS - Senior Investment Officer, IFC
Dev Lall - CMD, Bakers Circle (India) Pvt Ltd
Sanjay Kaul - Managing Director & CEO, NCMSL (Moderator)

11:20am - 11:45am
Tea & Networking Break

11:45am – 12:15pm
Presentation by Religare- Announcing a strategic initiative for the Agri and food ecosystem

12:15pm - 1:00pm
Panel III: Evolving niche opportunities in organic foods, cattle farms, breweries & food ingredients market.
Changing lifestyles and inclination towards healthy food is driving niche opportunities including organic food wherein the businesses are majorly driven by exports demand; professionally managed cattle farms producing organic/high quality milk; craft breweries and functional food ingredients with therapeutic value. While demand is seen driving entrepreneurs & investment, how does one scale these niche businesses and make them profitable? What are the challenges faced in bringing quality, adoption, distribution & supply chain efficiencies to make business grow.

Dr. G.N.S. Reddy - Managing Director, Akshayakalpa Farms and Foods Pvt. Ltd
Leonard Menezes - CEO, Ace Alcobev Pvt Ltd
Srikumar Misra - Founder, MD & CEO, Milk Mantra
Manish Gupta - Associate Vice President- Investments, TVS Capital
Rajesh Srivastava - CMD, Rabo PE (Moderator)

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lunch & Networking

2:00pm - 2:50pm
Panel IV: Innovations in Primary & secondary processing: Food Commodities, Dairy & Poultry, ready-to-eat packaged food
What product/process innovations are seen in primary & secondary processing amid increasing demand for good quality food commodities processed and packaged foods? What is the extent of integration taking place in the value chain to improve efficiencies and deliver better products? How can the production, processing & distribution infrastructure be improved? What will be the key drivers of investments in the food processing value chain? What more can be done to meet the demand of value added products categories such as: grains, dairy products, meat, poultry, supplements, bakery ingredients, cocoa products, yogurts, desserts, etc? What innovations are seen across branding, packaging, marketing of the product in stiff competitive markets? How can product innovation help entrepreneurs tap opportunities at the food retail end including opportunities in smaller towns/rural areas?

Sonal Shah - Director, SMC Capitals Ltd
Viraj Bahl - Founder & Managing Director, Veeba Foods Services Pvt Ltd
Akshay Bector - MD, Mrs. Bector's Food Specialties Ltd
Rajheev Agrawal - Director & CEO, Nilon's Enterprises Pvt Ltd
Sarangdhar R Nirmal - CMD, Prabhat Dairy Pvt. Ltd.
Sanjay Sancheti - India Country Manager, Olam Agro India Ltd.
Deepak Shahdadpuri - Founder & MD DSG Partners Asia Pte Ltd (Moderator)

2:50pm - 3:20pm
VCCircle Showcase:
To bring out the innovations happening in Food & Agri industry, VCCircle will present select companies in agri infrastructure, warehousing & supply chain logistics, dairy & poultry, primary processing, processed food, food services & retail.

3:20pm - 3:50pm
Tea & Networking

3:50pm - 4:35pm
Panel V: Opportunities in Farm fresh retail: Fruits, Vegetables & high value commodities
With retail finding its way in all our daily needs, farm fresh retail is one such opportunity which is driven by huge & regular demand from the market. While models are still to be proven in terms of reach, scalability & profitability, the business is getting traction from some major players opening up specialized retail outlets for fresh fruits & vegetables. How big is the opportunity and where does the profits lie? How are players managing the whole supply chain aggregation? What kind of storage models is being tested? How does the tracking of the produce from farm to store happens and how efficient are the systems? Are the innovations seen in sorting, grading and storing driving the retail end?

Pankaj Khandelwal - CMD, InI Farms Pvt. Ltd
Sanjeev Asthana - Founder & Managing Partner, I-Farms Venture Advisors Pvt Ltd
P. Vijayraghavan - Director & C.E.O, Lawrencedale Agro Processing India Pvt. Ltd
Arvind Gangoly - CEO, Schedulers Logistics India Pvt Ltd
Karthik Srivatsa - Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Aspada Investment Advisors (Moderator)

4:35pm onwards
VCCircle Unwind
The session will provide more networking time to top entrepreneurs and leading investors over cocktails.

Akshay Bector Akshay Bector Managing Director, Mrs. Bector's Food Specialties Ltd.
Amith Agarwal Amith Agarwal Executive Director, Star AgriWarehousing & Collateral Management Limited
Ananthan NS Ananthan NS Senior Investment Officer, IFC
Arvind Agrawal Arvind Agrawal Director, VNR Seeds Pvt Ltd
Arvind Gangoly Arvind Gangoly CEO, Schedulers Logistics India Pvt Ltd | @schedulersindia
Deepak Shahdadpuri Deepak Shahdadpuri Founder & MD, DSG Consumer Partner | @DSGCPvc
Dev Lall Dev Lall CEO & MD, Bakers Circle (India) Pvt Ltd
Girish Nadkarni Girish Nadkarni Partner, IDFC Alternatives
Dr. G.N.S. Reddy Dr. G.N.S. Reddy Managing Director, Akshayakalpa Farms and Foods Pvt. Ltd
Kartik Srivatsa Kartik Srivatsa Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Aspada Investment Advisors | @AspadaInv
Leonard Menezes Leonard Menezes CEO, Ace Alcobev Pvt Ltd
Manish Gupta Manish Gupta Associate Vice President- Investments, TVS Capital
Mark Kahn Mark Kahn Founding Partner, Omnivore Partners
Pankaj Khandelwal Pankaj Khandelwal CMD, InI Farms Pvt. Ltd
Pankaj Joshi Pankaj Joshi CEO, Kelvin Cold Chain Logistics Pvt Ltd
Peter Frykman Peter Frykman Founder and Director, Driptech
P. Vijayraghavan P. Vijayraghavan Founder & CEO, Lawrencedale Agroprocessing India Pvt Ltd
Rajesh Srivastava Rajesh Srivastava Chairman & Managing Director, Rabo Equity Advisors Pvt Ltd
Rajheev Agrawal Rajheev Agrawal Director & CEO, Nilon's Enterprises Private Limited
Sanjay Sacheti Sanjay Sacheti India Country Manager, Olam Agro India Ltd
Sanjay Kaul Sanjay Kaul MD & CEO, National Collateral Management Services Limited
Sanjeev Asthana Sanjeev Asthana Founder & Managing Partner, I-Farms Venture Advisors Pvt Ltd
Sarangdhar R Nirmal Sarangdhar R Nirmal CMD, Prabhat Dairy
Shamender Sharma Shamender Sharma Head Business Strategy, Khedut Agro Engineering Pvt Ltd
Sonal Shah Sonal Shah Executive Director , SMC Capitals Ltd
Srikumar Misra Srikumar Misra Founder, MD & CEO, Milk Mantra | @Milk_Mantra
Sunoor Kaul Sunoor Kaul Director, Origo Commodities India Pvt Ltd
Viraj Bahl Viraj Bahl Founder & Managing Director, Veeba Food Services Pvt Ltd
Vikram Puri Vikram Puri CEO, Mahindra ShubhLabh Services Ltd

Date: 28 Oct 2014

Address: ITC Grand Central, Mumbai

Religare Capital Markets Limited

Religare Capital Markets (“RCM”) is the India and Asia focused Institutional equities and Investment Banking arm of Religare Enterprises Limited, one of India’s leading diversified financial services group.  RCM brings an unparalleled value proposition to mid-market clients through its global distribution platform  (empanelment with over 300 institutional investors globally) and independent advisory capabilities. RCM services include Institutional Sales/Research services, Equity Capital Markets issuances, M&A Advisory, Private Equity Advisory and Restructuring. Agri & Food is one of the focus sectors for RCM, whereby we provide a holistic solution to our clients through strong industry knowledge, robust financial advice and unmatched investor access.


Origo Commodities is India’s fastest growing post-harvest management company with end-to-end service offering with client varying from large corporates to farmers. Origo’s service offering varies from farm-gate procurement, processing, quality assurance, storage, commodity financing and sale of commodities.

Origo Commodities has a presence in 15 states managing 35 lac MT of commodities in 300+ warehouses. The quality inspection is done through quality experts at Origo’s 5 laboratories and 100+ field labs. The Company works with all agricultural commodities - grains, oilseeds, spices etc.

Origo is proud of its client network, which includes PUNGRAIN, Cotton Corporation of India, ITC, Louis Dreyfus and all other large corporate trading houses in India. While servicing the large corporates, Origo has a strong focus on the Farmers, Co-operatives and FPOs for all its services – procurement, storage, commodity financing and off-take arrangements

SMC Capitals Limited


SMC Capitals Limited is the Investment Banking arm of the SMC group and is a SEBI registered Merchant Banker with a strong management team; financial sponsors and partners to assist clients achieve their financial and strategic goals.

It offers a wide spectrum of services including Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory, Corporate Advisory, Private Equity advisory, Debt fund raising, Management of IPOs, Rights offers, Open Offers and Delisting, Loans against Equity Shares, Business and ESOP Valuation Services.

As one of the premier investment banks, it serves the needs of clients by offering a world-class platform leveraging the team’s experience of working across Indian and international corporates, business houses, multilaterals and Governments. SMC Capitals attributes its success to company’s commitment of always putting client’s interests first. It has a strong team of professionals with proven tr


IDFC  have been an integral part of the country's development story since 1997, when our company was formed with the specific mandate to build the nation.

Since 2005, we have built on our vision to be the 'one firm' that looks after the diverse needs of infrastructure development. Whether it is financial intermediation for infrastructure projects and services, adding value through innovative products to the infrastructure value chain or asset maintenance of existing infrastructure projects, we focus on supporting companies to get the best return on investments.

Our growth has been driven by the substantial investment requirements of the infrastructure sector in India combined with the growth in the Indian economy over the last several years. Our ability to tap global as well as Indian financial resources makes us the a

Shade Capital

Shade Capital is a boutique investment bank based in Delhi with well established relationships with associates in India and cross border relationships all over the world. A reputation of excellence coupled with highest standards of service delivery in quality and ethics has led to continued success over the last two decades.

We specializes in mid market transactions with a focus on food and agri sector wherein we have indepth knowledge and a wide network. Experience of concluding more than 25 transactions (including cross border) in food and agri segment.

Our range of services covers the entire expanse of Corporate Finance services including Mergers & Acquisition, Private Equity, Structured Finance, Valuation etc.

We work closely with industry experts; this provides us an edge to address complex situations as it provides greater business insight.

The firm has a Multi-Disciplinary Team from diverse industrial, financial and services sector

TVS Capital Funds Limited

TVS Capital Funds Limited was founded in September 2007, by Gopal Srinivasan of TVS Group, who brings over twenty five years of entrepreneurial and operational experience. TCF limited works closely with enterpreneurs with management capability and capital during the investment horizon.

TVS Capital Funds Ltd manages the TVS Shriram Growth Fund which has more than INR 1,100 Cr AUM domestic rupee fund across two Schemes - 1A and 1B. The Fund is established with a vision to develop and nurture India's mid-cap businesses into world class companies. The fund is targeting investments across consumer driven opportunities such as food & agro, retail, healthcare, education, FMCG, media & entertainment, facilities management and so on. The fund has completely deployed Fund 1A and investment in Fund 1B is going on in full swing. TVS Shriram Growth Fund is registered with SEBI under the Venture Capital Funds regulations.

The sponsors of the fund are the TVS Group

Vital Wires

Vital Wires is an SAP Consulting company specializing in Implementation and Support services for Agro and FMCG sector. Our SAAS mobility products vwAgrimart and vwBeatRoute help businesses integrate in-field agri-procurement and sales activity with core business processes.

SAAS Mobility Products

AgriMart is a holistic agricultural produce procurement, plantation, contract farming, farmer outreach and field-inspection platform that helps a manufacturer run an ecosystem of agri brokers, traders and farmers.

BeatRoute is an award-winning cloud based platform to seamlessly manage last mile coverage by field force across business verticals. It is a combination of web portal and smart phone/tablet friendly app.

BeatRoute is equipped with GP

Holyland Group

Mr. Vijay Kumar Budhraja completed his B.Com. (Xavier's), M.Com. (Calcutta Univ.) Followed by his MBA from F.M.S. Delhi in year 1973. He has worked in various capacities with Modi Rubber Ltd. & Spencer's and as marketing advisor to Pradeshik Cooperative Dairy Federation Ltd. He started Holy Land Marketing Pvt. Ltd. In 1995 to focus on the Canned Food business and created the flagship Brand GOLDEN CROWN.

In its 18 yr. journey GOLDEN CROWN has become one of the largest Canned Fruit and Vegetable's Brand in India, with distribution across India with 600+ distributors/dealers, 30+ vendors's, making 150+ products in 300+ SKU's
GOLDEN CROWN is competing successfully with Bharti Field Fresh (DEL MONTE Brand), Birla Group (MORTON Brand), etc growing at 25 % + YoY .The company has started integrating backward and has already made operational a modern manufacturing facility in 2012 at Ghaziabad , U.P. , is developing high margin Proprietary products ,

IndiaMART Online Media Partner
IndiaMART is India's largest online B2B marketplace for Small & Medium Size Businesses, connecting global buyers with suppliers. The company offers a platform & tools to over 1.5 million suppliers to generate business leads from over 10 million buyers, who use the platform to find reliable & competitive suppliers. The company has over 2600 employees located across 40+ offices in the country. Its existing investors include Intel Capital and Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.

Commodity Online India Limited Online Media Partner
Commodity Online India Limited

Commodity Online specializes in news, outlook, intelligence and data analysis on Commodities including Agriculture, Metals and Energy. With a team of 180 staff spread across India backed up with 8 years of experience in the industry, Commodity Online, led by a team of technology enabled former journalists, focuses on research using technology. The big break this year will be using Artificial Intelligence to predict commodities outlook, something that will be new to India.

AgricultureInformation Online Media Partner
AgricultureInformation is an 1.8 lakh + online community comprising of buyers, sellers and technical experts in agriculture. By joining our community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members, respond to polls, upload to our gallery, promote your products and services through banners and brochures, and access to many other features. Registration is fast, simple, and absolutely free so please, join our community today.

Indian Angel Network Industry Partner
Indian Angel Network

Indian Angel Network, India's first and largest angel network, brings together successful entrepreneurs and CEOs who share a passion to enable more early stage businesses to create scale and value. By focusing on startups, the Network addresses the current acute lack of funds available to early stage companies. The Network believes that early stage businesses require more than just money to succeed. They require close mentoring and inputs on strategy as well as execution.

Indian Angel Network currently has over 300 members drawn from across the country and some from overseas, comprising the who's who of successful Indian entrepreneurs and CEOs from diverse sectors (information on The Network has met with early success and has already invested in 100 portfolio companies including investee and incubatee companies. IAN has become the hub for innovative ventures founded by high quality entrepreneurs seeking mentoring an

AFTPAI Industry Partner

Agro & Food Processing Equipment & Technology Providers Association of India (AFTPAI) represent entire allied sectors of the food processing industry in India. Majority of members belongs to food processing & packaging machinery, suppliers, manufacturers and technology providers. It also has members from packaging material, food ingredients, cold chain, automation and other related sectors.
Our mission is to work together to create an operating environment that helps to promote members interests, and increase consumer confidence, leading to category growth through:

· Providing a platform to facilitate cross-industry co-operation
     •  Aligned industry wide self-regulation
     •  Working with legislators and regulators
     •  Influencing key opinion formers

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