Alternative Investments/ESG: Thematic Specialist Rize Floats Sustainable Foods ETF

Rize launches twin ETFs on the themes of sustainable food and digital education.

Rize is Europe’s first specialist thematic ETF issuer. The firm aims to provide investors access to the most ground-breaking megatrends shaping the planet, and to companies that have the potential to become the growth stories of tomorrow.

Two new equity funds from Rize ETF focus on the themes of sustainable food and digital education respectively.

The Rize Sustainable Future of Food UCITS ETF and Rize Education Tech and Digital Learning UCITS ETF now trade on the London Stock Exchange, Xetra, and Borsa Italiana. (ETF Strategy)

Rize Sustainable Future of Food UCITS ETF

The investment case of this ETF rests on the fact that the planet is facing a scarcity of natural resources. Meanwhile, feeding affordable and nutritious food to a growing global population is a huge challenge. The food industry must meet these demands while reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and limiting environmental damage.

This new ETF from Rize is Europe’s first sustainable food ETF. It provides investment opportunities in companies that are innovating, sustainably, across the full value chain.

The ETF tracks the Foxberry Tematica Research Sustainable Future of Food Index which uses the expertise of Virginia-based Tematica Research to screen for such innovative firms that are working to build a more sustainable, secure, and fair food system.

Tematica is a thematic research firm based in Washington DC. It provides unique insights and a proprietary classification system of food value chain companies that are innovators.

To be eligible as an investment, companies should derive at least 50% of their operating profit or revenue if operating profit data is not available, from food-related subthemes.

These include plant-based and organic foods, natural ingredients and flavors, safety and testing, precision farming, agricultural science, land-based aquaculture, water management technologies, supply chain technology, and sustainable packaging.

As of September 2, 2020, the fund had net assets of $ 1.02 million. It has a total expense ratio of 0.45% and is an accumulating fund.

Food industry responding to challenges

“The security and sustainability of our food system is one of the world’s most pressing challenges. The good news is that the food industry has begun to respond,” said Stuart Forbes, co-founder of Rize. “We see expanding plant-based protein options, new technologies penetrating farming, aquaculture, and supply-chains, and changes in the packaging used to wrap our food, among many other things.”

Related Story: Impossible Foods Raises $200M; Vegan Pork On The Way

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