A comprehensive report in preparation by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors Inc., will present an argument in support of the linkages between superior environmental performance, competitiveness and superior financial performance in the agribusiness and food companies. As part of their investment advisory services, Innovest Strategic Value Advisors Inc. has analyzed over 60 different aspects of environmental management in leading global agriculture and food companies. Among the companies analyzed, their research shows that wide variations exist in environmental risk exposure and management capability to manage risk and capitalize on environmentally-driven business opportunities.

This extensive review of global competitors in the food production industry as well as food retailers, will give strategic investors a comprehensive overview of how environmental issues will affect investment decisions relating to companies involved in agribusiness, food processing and food retailing. Results from the report will be discussed at a one-day forum entitled Moving the Markets: Profiting from the Growth of Food and Agri-Tech Companies, www.movingthemarkets.org, in Toronto on December 5th, 2000. Moving the Markets speakers will also focus on the impact of technology in creating both environmental risks and reward opportunities that will have significant effects on the long-term financial performance of agriculture and food companies.

Major issues covered in Innovest's report are:
  • Changing Markets:

  • The current rout of Genetically Modified Foods, which once seemed destined for major market penetration, has many investors guessing. What are the ramifications for bio-tech in the food industry of the current campaign against it? On the other-side of the coin, organically produced foods have replaced GMOs as the new wunderkind of market growth with 20% increases yearly over the past 9 years. What strategies, proactive or reactive will leaders take? How should investors position themselves?

  • Global Warming:

  • Could growing seasons and regions really shift enough to affect commodity prices? Is there a hidden profit in using agricultural land as a carbon "sink", or for duel use as a wind farm? What economic benefits might the nascent emissions trading market bring to the agri-tech business? Innovest covers the plans, the regulations, and the innovations.

  • Chemical Use:

  • The pesticide industry is facing the greatest level of resistance to its products since Rachel Carson wrote "Silent Spring", and complaints about pesticides are up 70% in the UK. In addition, regulators are taking a second look at "non-point source" pollution - run-off in layman's terms - spurred by the spreading 7000 sq. mile "dead zone" radiating out from the Mississippi delta caused by nitrogen fertilizers. As regulatory and consumer pressure mounts, how will the markets react?
Other Issues covered - the European market, general regulation and costs in the industry, endocrine disrupting chemicals, distribution networks and supplier screening, policies on GMOs -organics - rBGH, product strategies and online shopping, among others.

COMPANIES COVERED IN THIS REPORT:

~ FOOD RETAILERS ~

ALBERTSONS INC.
DELHAIZE "Le Lion" SA.
GREAT ATLANTIC & PAC TEA CO.
J SAINSBURY PLC.
ITO YOKADO INC.
KROGER CO.
SAFEWAY INC.
SAFEWAY PLC.
SOMERFELD PLC.
TESCO PLC
WINN_DIXIE STORES. INC
WM. MORRISON SUPERMARKETS PLC

~ FOOD PRODUCERS ~

ARCHER DANIAELS MIDLAND
ASSOCIATED BRITISH FOODS PLC
CAMPBELL SOUP CO
CONAGRA INC
DANONE
DOLE FOODS
ERIDANIA BEGHIN-SAY
GENERAL MILLS INC
HEINZ H J CO
HERSHEY FOODS CORP
ICELAND GROUP PLC
KELLOGG CO
KESKO
NESTLÉ
NORTHERN FOODS PLC
PHILIP MORRIS
QUAKER OATS CO
RALSTON PURINA CO
SARA LEE CORP
TATE & LYLE
UNIGATE PLC
UNILEVER
WRIGLEY WM JR CO

ABOUT INNOVEST STRATEGIC VALUE ADVISORS, INC.

Innovest Strategic Value Advisors is an internationally recognized investment advisory firm specializing in environmental finance and investment opportunities. Founded in 1995 with the mission of delivering superior investment appreciation by unlocking hidden shareholder value, the firm currently has approximately US$130-million under direct sub-advisement and provides custom research and portfolio analysis to leading institutional investors and fund managers throughout the world. Innovest's directors, advisors and principals include senior executives from several of the world's foremost financial institutions, as well as a former G7 finance minister. The company's flagship product is the EcoValue 21 platform, which was developed in conjunction with strategic partners including PricewaterhouseCoopers and Morgan Stanley Asset Management. Innovest is headquartered in New York, with offices in London and Toronto.

For more information on Innovest's Integrated Global Food report contact Marc Brammer, Senior Analyst (212-421-2000; mbrammer@innovestgroup.com) or Frank Dixon, Managing Director, (fdixon@innovestgroup.com). Or see Innovest's web site at: www.innovestgroup.com.