Food and agriculture

Technological innovation meets tradition

Our expertise

We offer a range of solutions in food and agriculture that demonstrates our deep-rooted commitment in this area, for now and generations to come. As one of the leading managers of institutional farmland investment portfolios in the US since the 1980s, we evaluate opportunities across the whole food vertical – from farmland to perishable food storage.

We are a founding member of Leading Harvest, an outcomes-based sustainability standard that addresses 13 economic, environmental, social, and governance matters through farm management – 100% of farmland acres enrolled¹ and 100% of Farmland Acres Certified²

Important information

Leading Harvest is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes the entire value chain to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable and resilient global agricultural system. It provides third-party audited standards that create trust throughout the business ecosystem while driving and validating improvement across the supply chain. UBS is a founding member of Leading Harvest. 100% of UBS’s farmland acres under management are enrolled in the Leading Harvest Farmland Management Standard as of 2020, the inaugural year. 100% of UBS’s enrolled farmland acres are certified to the Standard by an independent, third-party auditor as of 2023. For more info about Leading Harvest, please consult the webpage here and learn more about the Standard here. UBS’s certification and surveillance audit reports are publicly available here. Enrollment fees based on acreage and crop type are paid to Leading Harvest by program users annually.

Our approach

Expert team:

We have a strong team of seasoned experienced professionals specializing in the acquisition, management, and disposition of farmland investments.

Established platform:

Leveraging on almost 40 years of food and agriculture experience, we are a leading global investor who is taking advantage of the fundamental changes occurring in the sector such as population growth, consumer behavior, and consumption habits.

Targeted approach:

We manage around 280,000 acres across 15 different states and 30 different major crops including row, vegetable and permanent crop farmland in select agricultural areas across the US. We offer exposure to existing and new, ground-up build-to-suit food preservation projects across the US.

ESG aspects:

100% of the farmland acres we manage are enrolled in the Leading Harvest Farmland Management Standard. Conformance to the Standard is assured through independent, third-party certification.

With around 280,000 acres across 16 different US states and 30 different major crops, we have a good platform to invest across the whole food vertical.

Darren Rabenou, Head of Food & Agriculture

2023 Assessment report

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