Serving the Agribusiness Industry

David J. Stark
Agribusiness has evolved significantly in recent years, to become a complex and critical globalized industry that touches on economic, politics, science, nutrition, health and safety.

The term agribusiness encompasses all aspects of agricultural input (such as chemicals, seeds, fertilizers and fuels), production, processing and distribution. This includes food, forest and fiber production, their by-product utilization, agricultural chemicals and pharmaceuticals, agricultural finance and trade, farm management, agro-environmental considerations, and land development. The wider industry therefore involves all of the major elements essential to the establishment and operation of efficient agro-food enterprises'.

With a rising global population to feed, every level of the supply chain plays an important part in maximizing productivity and meeting market demand.

This is a rapidly diversifying and intensely competitive arena. Innovation and adaptation are key and new technologies have a growing impact. With a rising global population to feed, every level of the supply chain plays an important part in maximizing productivity and meeting market demand. The industry's current drivers include economic and political issues, food and commodity price volatility, water shortages, climate fluctuations, land efficiency and the need for more secure and sustainable energy sources.

Despite these constraints, the market represents a huge opportunity for North America's upstream and downstream agribusiness corporations. Shifts in global food consumption trends have opened up new markets, with China, for example, increasing its North America grain imports. Against this multi-faceted and competitive background, major players are seeking more efficient operating practices, with improved facilities and processes across their production and logistics pipelines. The priority for this capital expenditure is to achieve more with less, while also managing risk. There is also an increased emphasis on health & safety factors.

Major players are seeking more efficient operating practices, with improved facilities and processes...

Faithful+Gould has built up a sound understanding of project and cost management in many of the sectors that make up the agribusiness industry. We draw upon our background in the energy, refining and manufacturing industries, reinforced by our experience in the food & beverage, logistics and distribution sectors, to bring efficiencies to our clients' capital projects.

Our team has worked on a range of food manufacturing and distribution projects for major agribusiness corporations, with services comprising project management, cost management, owner's representative and construction management advisor. We have applied our services to facilities such as conveying systems, material handling, containers/silos, ground infrastructure, offices and buildings, rail works and marine structures, often working with multiple stakeholders. We appreciate the critical role these facilities play in our clients' overall strategy and the complex, inter-dependent issues that can arise. Schedule management is an integral part of our services and we understand the closely coordinated harvest, production, storage and transportation networks that our clients' pipelines rely on. Health & safety also forms a vital part of our work alongside operational facilities.

Our team has worked on a range of food manufacturing and distribution projects for major agribusiness corporations...

We have some interesting projects underway, ranging from preconstruction planning for canola oilseed and biomaterials facilities in Canada, to construction management services for grain export facilities upgrades on the Great Lakes, in the Pacific Northwest and Gulf Coast areas.

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