One week to go for VCCircle Agri & Food Investment Summit 2013; plus the updated agenda: Register Now

24 October, 2013

The fifth edition of immensely successfully VCCircle’s Agri & Food Investment Summit 2013 is only one week away. The summit will be held on October 24, at Taj Lands End, Mumbai.

The summit will bring together more than 200 CEOs representing India’s top and emerging food and agri companies, innovators and bankers, in addition to leading institutional and private equity investors betting on the sector. It will provide a platform for next big Indian companies in the food & agri space. Below is the updated full day agenda.

The summit will host a very special session VCCircle Showcase, which will feature two notable companies from specific sub categories such as : 1) Farm Inputs (Seeds, Fertilisers, Irrigation & Farm Equipment), 2) Agri-Infrastucture and Supply Chain Logistics, 3) Primary Processing (Food Commodities, Dairy & Poultry) and 4) Processed Foods, Food Service and Retail.Representative of each company will speak for five minutes (there will not be any presentations) on its products, differentiated market strategy and how it will disrupt existing ecosystem to create value. If you’d like to apply for the Showcase session or nominate a company, write to us at komal.shah@vccircle.com.

For registrations, write to kanika@vccircle.com or call 0120-4171111. 

For sponsorship, write to: varun@vccircle.com or vijay@vccircle.com

Speakers:

  • Aditya Bafna – Executive Director, Shree Shubham Logistics
  • Aditya Bagri – VP – Marketing & Group Director, Bagrrys India Ltd
  • Amith Agarwal – Director, Star Agri Warehousing & Collateral Management Ltd
  • Bhupinder Singh – CEO, Vista Processed Foods Pvt Ltd
  • Girish Nadkarni – Partner, IDFC Private Equity
  • Jinesh Shah – Founding Partner, Omnivore Partners
  • K Vijayaraghavan – Cornell University
  • Karan A Chanana – Chairman, Amira Foods
  • Kiran Salunke – MD, Siesta Logistics Corporation Limited
  • Mayank Jalan – MD, Keventer Agro Ltd
  • Murali Krishnan – CEO, The Nilgiri Dairy Farm Pvt. Ltd
  • Neeraj Kakkar – CEO, Hector Beverages Pvt. Ltd
  • Purvin Patel – Business Head, Radhakrishna Foodland Pvt Ltd
  • Rahoul Jain – MD, Capricorn Food Products India Ltd
  • Rahul Raisurana – MD, Standard Chartered Private Equity
  • Rahul Singh – Founder & CEO, The Beer Cafe
  • Rajesh Srivastava – CMD, Rabo Equity Advisors Pvt Ltd
  • Rajeev S Samant – Founder & CEO, Nashik Vintners Pvt. Ltd
  • Sachid Madan – MD, Technico Agri Sciences Ltd
  • Sameer Narula – Managing Partner, August Capital Partners
  • anjay Kaul – MD & CEO, National Collateral Management Services Limited
  • Sanjay Sacheti – Country Manager, Olam Agro India Ltd
  • Shrenik M Khasgiwala – Director, Brand Capital
  • Sonal Shah – Director, SMC Capitals Ltd
  • Tejpavan Singh Gandhok – CEO, Om Pizzas and Eats Pvt. Ltd
  • Vikram Puri – CEO, Mahindra ShubhLabh Services Ltd

… and many more joining.

AGENDA

08:30am – 09:20am

Tea & registration

09:20am – 09:30am

Introductory remarks

09:30am – 10:20am

Fireside Chat: Future Outlook For India’s Food & Agri Businesses; Road Ahead For Opportunities & Challenges

In the shrinking economy, what is the growth potential for agri & food sector in India? Capital, technology, marketing & financial resources are evidently the key drivers for boosting agri ecosystem, what is the current investment scenario in these segments? Which sub -sectors are more likely to multiply quickly and which are the other segments, still at its nascent stage holds good potential to augur? Where does the transformation lie? What are the opportunities for Indian Food companies to explore overseas markets? How to bridge the gap between present productivity & the potential productivity in the agri industry?

Rajeev S Samant – Founder & CEO, Nashik Vintners Pvt. Ltd

Sanjay Sacheti – Country Manager, Olam Agro India Ltd

Girish Nadkarni – Partner, IDFC Private Equity (Moderator)

10:20am – 11:10am

Panel I: Emerging Private Equity and M&A opportunities in Agri & Food Industry

Which sub-segments within the Food and Agri value chain offer the most investment potential? Which are the least exciting? What are some of the key concerns of global players looking to invest in the India Food and Agri landscape? How do companies & funds align their valuation expectations? What are some of the areas where diligence throws up a lot of concerns? How do funds /Investment bankers work with the promoters to address these issues? How do PE funds mitigate the monsoon failure /commodity price volatility risk which is inherent in the food and agri sector? Given the tough macro environment, what are the preferred exit options? Which sub-sectors are attractive for strategic exit? What is the role of M&A in taking Indian domestic consumption story to the next level? Is the sector waiting for cross-border deals or going for domestic play? Is corporate India gaining out of innovative deal structure?

Rahul Raisurana – MD, Standard Chartered Private Equity

Tejpavan Singh Gandhok – CEO, Om Pizzas and Eats Pvt. Ltd

Shrenik M Khasgiwala – Director, Brand Capital

Jinesh Shah – Founding Partner, Omnivore Partners

Rajesh Srivastava – CMD, Rabo Equity Advisors Pvt Ltd (Moderator)

11:10am – 11.30am

Tea & Networking Break

11:30am – 12:00pm

Entrepreneur Keynote: Building a Rs 1000 cr + food and agri company in India

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Panel II: Productivity improvement in the farm input sector- Seeds, Fertilisers, Irrigation & Farm Equipments

With increase in farm incomes, what are the product segments /geographies where farmers are willing to pay for better quality farm inputs? What has been the impact of the nutrient based subsidy programme in the last 2-3 years? Do export markets offer more growth opportunities? Are there opportunities for biotechnology application for pesticides? Have there been any successful models in micro irrigation? Is the farmer willing to pay more for micro irrigation? Given the shortage of farm labour, what are the emerging opportunities in farm mechanization and farm implements? What are the opportunities/challenges seen by private players in the area of technology dissemination/skill development? What are some of the global models which have adapted to Indian conditions in the Farm input sector? What has been the experience of use of mobile applications, increasing penetration of weather stations and customized farm solutions?

Vikram Puri – CEO, Mahindra ShubhLabh Services Ltd

Sachid Madan – MD, Technico Agri Sciences Ltd

K Vijayaraghavan – Cornell University / Sathguru Consultants (Moderator)

12:45pm – 1:00pm

VCCircle Showcase I: Farm inputs

Two companies (currently seeking PE/strategic partner) to speak for 5 mins each (no presentation). Each promoter can touch upon the product-market opportunity and their differentiated strategy to tap that opportunity. 

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch & Networking

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Panel III: Building Effective Agri Infrastructure & Supply Chain Logistics

For the warehousing sector, how does one address various constraints such as cost of land, quality of roads, various licenses to be applied for, taxation (delay in movement towards GST), changing policies with respect to export/import as well as procurement? What are the challenges and opportunities in cold chain sector (storage and logistics) space? Can rail be the game changer for refrigerated transportation? What are the different innovative tools in supply chain management and how are web services empowering low cost & better logistics decisions? While back end aggregation from farmers is seen as a huge opportunity, most organized retail chains still procure almost half their requirement from local mandis? What is the way forward for?

Purvin Patel, CEO, Radhakrishna Foodland Pvt Ltd

Amith Agarwal – Director, Star Agri Warehousing & Collateral Management Ltd

Kiran Salunke – MD, Siesta Logistics Corporation Limited

Aditya Bafna – Executive Director, Shree Shubham Logistics

Sanjay Kaul – CEO, National Collateral Management Services (Moderator)

2:45pm – 3:00pm

VCCircle Showcase II: Agri-Infrastucture and supply chain logistics

Two companies (currently seeking PE/strategic partner) to speak for 5 mins each (no presentation). Each promoter can touch upon the product-market opportunity their differentiated strategy to tap that opportunity

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Tea & Networking 

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Panel IV: Primary processing – Food Commodities, Grains, Dairy & Poultry

What is the extent of integration with the global market in various commodities? What are the export opportunities that India can pursue? What are the enabling government policies for encouraging export? What is the extent of integration taking place across the value chain? What are some of the success stories with respect to farm level engagement for sourcing good quality raw material and ensuring traceability? What has been the experience in branding of various commodities? What is the consumer willingness to pay for branded commodities? How are companies attempting to mitigate the risk of commodity price volatility?

Bhupinder Singh, CEO, Vista Processed Foods

Karan A Chanana – Chairman, Amira Foods

Murali Krishnan – CEO, The Nilgiri Dairy Farm Pvt. Ltd

Sameer Narula – Managing Partner, August Capital Partners (Moderator)

04:00pm – 4:15pm

VCCircle Showcase III: Primary processing

Two companies (currently seeking PE/strategic partner) to speak for 5 mins each (no presentation). Each promoter can touch upon the product-market opportunity their differentiated strategy to tap that opportunity

04:15pm – 05:00pm

Panel V: Processed Foods, Food service and retail

What has been the impact of the newly formed FSSAI in terms of strengthening food standards and enforcing of food quality? How do players address the growing opportunity in the smaller towns /rural areas for various product segments? While there is a huge unorganized market in most product segments, the shift has been gradual. Given the huge differences in taste preferences across India – how does a regional player attempt to go national? What are some of the innovations in processed foods in product /packaging /marketing etc? How are QSR chains as well as processed food players ensuring dedicated supply chains? How do players address the issue of skill development and manpower shortage across the value chain?

Neeraj Kakkar – CEO, Hector Beverages Pvt. Ltd

Rahoul Jain – MD, Capricorn Food Products India Ltd

Aditya Bagri – Director, Bagrrys India Ltd

Sonal Shah – Director, SMC Capitals Ltd (Moderator)

5:00pm – 5:15pm

VCCircle Showcase IV: Processed foods, food service and retail

Two companies (currently seeking PE/strategic partner) to speak for 5 mins each (no presentation). Each promoter can touch upon the product-market opportunity and their differentiated strategy to tap that opportunity

5:15pm – 5:25pm

Closing remark 

5:25pm Onwards

VCCircle Unwind 

Continue the energy and networking of the day with more social time with top entrepreneurs and leading investors over cocktails.


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