Context Network, Prasino Group announce merger

New principals to expand Context's services, with experience across business base in meat, milk and egg sectors.

The Context Network has announced its merger with The Prasino Group, a Des Moines, Iowa-based consulting firm that provides management consulting services across the animal agriculture industry.

As part of the merger, Context welcomes two new principals to the global agribusiness consulting firm's leadership team. Dr. Garth Boyd and Matt Sutton-Vermeulen will provide leadership and expertise in Context's agricultural production service sector and will lead initiatives focused on sustainable food production throughout the value chain.

Context principal Mark Holland said the addition of Prasino is an important step in Context's continued growth and commitment to respond to clients' needs.

“We are very pleased to welcome Prasino's clients to Context," Holland said. "Under the leadership of Boyd and Sutton-Vermeulen, we amplify our ability to serve customers in this growing market segment. The expertise and experience Garth and Matt bring allows us to provide vital services to a broader range of clients throughout the food production value chain. They have extensive, successful experience across a robust business base in the meat, milk and egg sectors, which is highly complementary to the clients Context currently serves.”

Boyd explained, “We have a deep network of relationships and expertise primarily in animal production agriculture. Considering the environmental footprint of meat, milk and eggs, roughly 70% of that comes from crops and crop inputs. Combined with Context's strong tradition and leading worldwide reputation in crop production technology, the synergies we are creating will accelerate our ability to help clients achieve remarkable results.”

Sutton-Vermeulen added, “We're excited to advance the services offered to Context's clients. It's all about a triple-bottom line approach to food production: one that is economically viable, social responsible and environmentally sustainable. We support the whole food value chain, working together in a responsible manner that communicates, measures, manages, monitors and reports the continuous improvements being made in critical areas.”

As a business management and strategy consulting firm, Context provides services to agriculture, biotechnology and food companies as well as to government and non-governmental entities, helping advance agriculture via customized business solutions. Its major areas of expertise include: strategy development, opportunity analysis, research and development assessments, merger and acquisition support, product/portfolio management, regulatory compliance, industry benchmarking, competitive intelligence and marketing intelligence/research.

Context is comprised of a core of professional executive consultants complemented by a global on-site network of hundreds of industry and subject matter experts.

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